Friday Face-Off: Lion
Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.
This week’s theme is:
“If you place your head in a lion’s mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off”
~ a cover featuring a LION
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
This is a very special book to me. After all, it was my first experience with Guy Gavriel Kay, and it pretty much made me a fan on the spot. Like a lot of his works, The Lions of Al-Rassan is a historical fantasy. Set in a time and place that recalls the period of Moorish Spain, the novel focuses its attentions on the turbulent relationship between three peoples: the Kindath, the Asharites, and the Jaddites. The story is basically a loose retelling of the Reconquista, compressing centuries into a much shorter time frame.
Of course, while the “Lions” referred to in the title may be metaphorical, that does not mean they do not appear as a frequent theme on the book’s various covers. A great many editions have come out over the years, and here is just a small sampling from around the world:
From left to right, top to bottom: Harper Voyager (2005) – HarperPrism (1995) – Penguin Canada (2010) – HarperCollins UK (1995) – Viking Canada (1995) – Voyager (2012) – Earthlight(1995)
French (1999) – French (2005) – Croatian (2006) – German (1998) – Russian (2003) – Spanish (2009) – French (Quebecois) (1999) – Portuguese (2010)
I’m going to go with my heart on this one and choose the Viking Canada edition, because this is the version that graces my beloved copy. Yes, it’s a cop out, but I don’t care 😛
Feel free to tell me how way off base I am though, by letting me know your favorite!