Friday Face-Off: Hands
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:
“A Hand without a hand? A bad jape, sister.”
~ a cover featuring HANDS
City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
As you know, I’d never let a chance to talk about my favorite books pass me by, which is why this week I’ve decided to feature City of Blades, the second novel of The Divine Cities sequence. Taking place approximately five years after City of Stairs, the book opens in a tropical paradise where my favorite character from the first book, General Turyin Mulaghesh, has quietly retreated to after retiring from the Saypuri army. Not that retirement (or even losing her hand in the war) has slowed her down one bit, of course. Thanks to a bureaucratic mishap, she finds herself pulled back into the service of Prime Minister Shara Komayd, who sends her to the ravaged city of Voortyashtan on a covert mission. Once the home of a death goddess and her legions of fearsome warriors, the city has become a stricken ruin after the downfall of its Divinity. Now it is the site of much change but also rising tensions and violence.
And now, the covers:
From left to right, top to bottom:
Broadway Books (2016) – Jo Fletcher (20016)
Recorded Books (2016) – Czech Edition (2017) – German Edition (2017)
The Jo Fletcher edition wins hands down (har har, see what I did there?), though I have to say I like the Broadway Books edition a lot too, making it a close second. To be honest, all the options were sufficiently different enough this week that I think each brings their own strengths and good points, but there’s just a simplicity to the JFB cover that really appeals to me.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?