Friday Face-Off: Smoke

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:

“Where there’s fire there’s…”
~ a cover featuring SMOKE

Mogsy’s Pick:
The Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler

This week, I thought I would keep things simple with an old-fashioned head to head. The Infernal Battalion is the final book of The Shadow Campaigns series. Wexler is in his element as this novel shifts the focus back to the chaos and violence of the frontlines, making this one an action-packed (and yes, smoke-filled) installment.

Our contenders:

Ace Books (2018) vs. Head of Zeus (2018)



This week’s a tough one. Even though I’ve always been quite partial to the US (Ace Books) covers, the UK (Head of Zeus) edition for this particular volume is gorgeous, with the castle in the background and the bright flames jumping out from the smokey grey. As a bonus, we even have the heavy artillery. On the other hand, I tend to prefer covers that feature central characters, and I also love the rich red tones of the Ace edition. At the end of the day, loyalty wins out, but both choices are so strong this week that it really could have come down to a coin toss.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?

26 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Smoke”

  1. This one’s tough. I go with the red one by a smidgen, although I like the other one too. I guess I like the focus on the one character rather than the two dudes by the cannon. Still, they’re both nice.


  2. I like both of these covers for entirely different reasons. I like that the Zeus version has been toned into greys, blacks and whites with the contrast of the fire but in terms of eye catching drama the Ace book wins hands down.
    Lynn 😀


  3. I really can’t choose, this is one of those situations where the author got lucky! Although I’m drawn to the Head of Zeus edition simply because it’s not the one I’m familiar with😁


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