Friday Face-Off: Panorama
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:
“Lawns and rocks and heather and different sorts of trees, lay spread out below them, the river winding through it.”
~ a cover featuring a PANORAMA
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Today, I’m featuring one of my favorite fantasy novels of all time! It would take another novel just to outline the plot of this 1000+ page tome and describe all my thoughts and feelings and how much I love it, so I say let’s just skip straight to covers:
From left to right, top to bottom:
Tor Books (2010) – Gollancz A(2010) – Gollancz B (2015)
Bulgarian Edition (2012) – Turkish Edition (2014) – Spanish Edition (2012)
Polish Edition (2014) – Russian Edition A (2013) – Russian Edition B (2016)
I’ll be honest here, all the other covers are just a formality. There’s ever only been one for me, and that’s the Tor cover by artist Michael Whelan. I have been in love with this gorgeous piece ever since I first laid eyes on it, and years later, my feelings have not changed one bit. Not only is it a breathtaking work of art, it’s the only cover here that manages to capture all the sweeping majesty and immense scope of The Way of Kings and all that the novel represents. None of the other covers can even convey a fraction of its epicness, not even close. The full image of the Tor edition is a panorama in every sense, showcasing the otherworldly beauty of Roshar’s Shattered Plains in all its storm-swept glory.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?