Friday Face-Off: Fire

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:

“From the ashes a fire shall be woken”
~ a cover featuring FIRE

Mogsy’s Pick:
Half A War by Joe Abercrombie

The stage is set for a war to end all wars in this final volume of the excellent Shattered Seas trilogy, Joe Abercrombie’s first YA series. It appears that most of the cover artists agree – a finale of this caliber should involve fire. And lots of it.

Now let’s take a look at some of the different covers:

From left to right, top to bottom: Del Rey (2015) – Harper Voyager (2016) – Subterranean Press (2016) – Spanish (2016) – French (2016) – Romanian (2016) – German (2016) – Russian (2016)




There were two covers that leaped out at me right away: the Spanish edition with the bird on fire, and the French version with the burning ship. Both feature striking imagery and makes use of a good color palette. I really can’t decide which I like better, so since it’s my post, my rules, I’m just going to cheese out this week and call it a tie between the two.

What do you think? Perhaps you can help break the tie, or maybe you have a completely different favorite? Let me know your thoughts!


17 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Fire”

  1. I think I like the Harper Votager and Subterranean Press the best, the first looks like a battlefield view and the second I just like the characters on the cover, but the French version is really cool too with the ship. In fact that French version is actually my favorite. 🙂


  2. My fave has to be the Spanish edition, but since my dog is obsessed with birds, and I’ve always loved birds on covers, it’s kind of a no-brainer. That being said, the German one is running a close second with me. It seems rather busy but there is just something about it that grabs my attention. If I saw it on a shelf (and it was in English), then I would most definitely want to pick it up.


    • The Del Rey cover is the one I’m most familiar with, and I really like it too. Compared to the other offerings though, my only quibble is that it is a bit plain…but I can see the appeal for those who enjoy simple elegance!


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