Friday Face-Off: Sun

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:

“…but Icarus flew too close”
~ a cover featuring the SUN

Mogsy’s Pick:
Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

Like many of Kay’s stories that feature fictional analogs of real places in history, this novel is said to be inspired by the conflicts and intrigues of Renaissance Europe. Readers who are knowledgeable in the era will probably recognize historical elements from the fifteenth to sixteenth century. For instance, the Ottoman Empire has been re-imagined as the Osmanli Empire, and the most Serene Republic of Venice or la Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia has become the Republic of Seressa. Using this vibrant setting as a backdrop, Kay chronicles the lives of a disparate group of characters whose fates are all interwoven and connected like the threads of a tapestry.

Now let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right, top to bottom:
NAL (2016) – Hodder & Stoughton (2016)
French Edition (2017) – Russian Edition (2016)




I’m going to have to go with the edition I own here, the NAL cover from 2016. I love the gilded effect, which gives this cover an extra touch of class.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?


37 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Sun

  1. The one to the right of your choice. I love that style of art when it comes to the sun and moon. It reminds me of something in my childhood that I can’t for the life of me remember exactly what. Is it possible to post a photo here? I wanted to show you my t-shirt inspired by The Wicker Man (original, not the Nic Cage…”Not the bees!”). The style is similar.


  2. Pingback: The Friday Face-Off: …But Icarus Flew Too Close – Books by Proxy

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