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
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!