Friday Face-Off: Riders

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:

“Live in the saddle. Die on the hog.”
~ a cover featuring RIDERS

Mogsy’s Pick:
Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher

I actually had several options when it came to books this week, and went back and forth on them until I finally decided to settle with Beyond Redemption because of what an awesome book it is. Konig, a twisted madman, is bent on creating a god, and a young and innocent little boy named Morgen is being groomed for the honor, to be sacrificed once it is determined he is ready to Ascend.

However, before his Ascension could come to pass, Morgen is stolen away by three wretched thieves: Bedeckt the old cantankerous warrior, Stehlen the bloodthirsty kleptomaniac woman, and Wichtig the pompous egomaniacal sociopath who fancies himself the Greatest Swordsman in the World. Konig is left with no choice but to send his dastardly henchmen after the trio of brazen miscreants, hoping to salvage his plans before pure, innocent Morgen is forever corrupted by his kidnappers. Anything can happen in this wild, dark tale of cat and mouse, but one thing is guaranteed – there’ll be a body count numbering in the hundreds and a whole lot more blood and guts spilled before this is done.

And with that, let’s look at the covers!

From left to right:
Harper Voyager (2015) – German Edition (2017) – Polish Edition (2017)



There are fewer choices to choose from this week, but that’s okay because I already have a clear favorite. HELLO, it’s Richard Anderson, baby! The artist’s gritty style is perfect for the tone of this grimdark fantasy, and you can also easily make out the identities of the riders if you’ve read the book. For more insight on what an amazing cover this is, I would highly recommend checking out the following blog post by author Michael R. Fletcher on the making of this beautiful piece of art. It’s a fascinating read, and highlights again why I love this cover so much.

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

19 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Riders”

  1. Your choice is definitely the best I think – I nearly chose this book because it’s actually sat on the shelf opposite me and I can see a rider on the spine of the book – but, ultimately I wanted to choose a book that I’ve read and, although I can’t believe it I still haven’t read this one. Doh.
    Lynn 😀


  2. The cover you chose could almost be a generic cover for most westerns 😀
    I was thinking how it would work for some of the Louis L’Amour books I’m reading…


  3. That synopsis sounds so cool! The idea of grooming a young kid to become a god…yikes. Also, I absolutely agree with your pick of cover! It’s a clear winner for me too! 😉


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