Friday Face-Off: Knife

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:

“The kindest use a knife, because the dead so soon grow cold”
~ a cover featuring a KNIFE

Mogsy’s Pick:
The Falconer by Elizabeth May

Even though I am behind on this trilogy, I loved the first book. And since there are also several editions that fit the theme, I decided The Falconer was the perfect book to feature for my Friday Face-Off post this week. Actually, it’s quite apropos, considering that I was actually first drawn to this book because of its striking cover…

From left to right, top to bottom: UK: Gollancz (2013) – US: Chronicle Books (2014) – German (2015) – Portuguese (2014) – Italian (2014) – Spanish (2014)




That’s quite an impressive gallery of knife-wielding redheads, but I think I’m going to have to go with the Gollancz cover as my favorite. Like I said, it was the cover that initially motivated me to find out more about this book, and it was this edition that I ended up winning in a giveaway hosted by the publisher. When the sequel came out, I even made a special trip to the Book Depository so I could get the UK copy of The Vanishing Throne with the matching cover, because I loved the design so much.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

25 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Knife”

  1. The Gollancz version is defintely my favorite too, it’s just an awesome one. I like the Italian one too although I have a feeling the others might better reflect the story?


  2. This is a tough one for me, actually. I really like the first four (UK, US, German, and Portuguese) because they best represent Aileana and the story. But… yeah, I think the UK one gets my vote, too. Because explosions made book covers more awesome. 😉


  3. I’m not sure why but I’m loving the German version. But the UK version is right behind it. The Italian version is giving me an A.G. Howard feel and I think it very closely resembles covers from her new series.


  4. Now, you might not believe it but I was going to use this book – but, I think I’ve used it in the past for something similar so I decided not to – which meant I struggled to come up with something. I could come up with books but they didn’t necessarily have different covers. I love the US covers for these but I have to say I like that German cover.
    Lynn 😀


    • I was actually pondering the possibility of us using the same book this week because I know you’ve read it too! I went ahead and used it anyway, though I hadn’t realized that you might have used it before already 🙂


  5. I agree with your choice. I think it’s a much better reflection of the character than the others, which are more stylized and symbolic, while she is more action oriented herself.


  6. These are all great designs! And I like your pick, it really grabs your attention. I think if I had to choose a favourite to put on my shelf though I’d go for the Italian cover – something about the colours appeals to me. Also I think I just like the look of bird cages 🙂


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