Friday Face-Off: Goblin
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:
“Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy”
~ a cover featuring a GOBLIN
I suspect this one will be a popular choice for the theme this week. After all, not too many options came to my mind when trying to come up with with books that feature goblins, and even The Goblin Emperor does not contain the traditional mischievous dwarf-like creatures from folklore. The story follows Maia, the youngest half-goblin son of the Elven emperor. His entire life, Maia has lived as an outcast, kept far away from the business and affairs of the Imperial Court. But after his father and three older brothers all perish in a freak airship accident, Maia is plucked from exile to take his rightful place on the throne.
The Imperial Court is a whole new world for Maia. He arrives at the palace to find himself with no friends, no allies, and not even a clue as to how an emperor is supposed to act. Everyone seems to want something, and distinguishing obsequious flattery from genuine kindness is nearly impossible for someone not accustomed to court life. On top of that, the airship crash than claimed the lives of his father and brothers turns out to have been no accident, and soon, whoever committed the assassination will be coming for Maia next.
Let’s take a look at the covers:
From left to right:
Tor Books Hardcover (2014) – Tor Books Trade Paperback (2019)
German edition (2016) – Turkish edition (2017)
It nearly came down to a tie for me this week. I’m not too crazy about the original Tor cover, so to choose a winner, I looked to the German and Turkish editions. In the end, the Turkish cover wins out, which is just as well, because I can’t seem to find a good clear image online of the German cover without that horrendous yellow sticker!
But what you do think? Which one is your favorite?