Friday Face-Off: Bonfire Night

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:

“Remember, remember the fifth of November”
~ a cover reminiscent of BONFIRE NIGHT

Mogsy’s Pick:

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

This week’s was a tricky one. Bonfire Night, also known as Guy Fawkes Night or Firework Night, is an annual celebration in Great Britain commemorating the foiling of the Gun Powder Plot on the 5th of November 1605, when Guy Fawkes was arrested while guarding explosives that had been planted beneath Parliament. And that’s pretty much the extent of my knowledge into this holiday, being a mostly culturally specific to the UK, though of course many other countries also have their own variations Bonfire Night, celebrating different traditions or on different dates of the year.

Anyway, I deferred to Lynn’s advice for this one, and went with a book cover depicting fires and fireworks, or in general anything that looked historical with big glittery celebrations. I’ve chosen Days of Blood & Starlight, the second book in Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, which perhaps apropos to today’s topic also features a tale of political conspiracies and secret plots. But mostly I had to bend the rules a little today, hence my changing of “inspired by” to “reminiscent of” Bonfire Night, since I could not come up with a book I’ve read directly related to the events of the Gun Powder Plot.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers HC (2012) – Hodder & Stoughton HC (2012) – Hodder Paperbacks (2013)


German Edition (2013) – Italian Edition (2013) – Portuguese Edition (2015)


Hodder Tesco Exclusive (2013) – Italian Edition (2016) – Dutch Edition (2014)


Czech Edition (2014) – Polish Edition (2013) – Hungarian Edition (2014)


Serbian Edition (2017) – Chinese Edition (2013) – Korean Edition (2014)



I don’t think I’ve ever chosen a German edition winner before, but there’s just something so lovely about this one. The fiery colors contrasted with the girl’s icy blue glare gives this cover a certain intensity.

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

36 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Bonfire Night”

  1. Good choice, there are both the elements of fire and of mystery, with the partial view of a masked face. I also like the Hodder paperback cover for its stark contrast between the black background and the gold/flames motif in the center.


  2. I love the German one too!
    The hungarian one looks a bit like Red Rising, and the Chinese version is like a straight up horror book 😀 Nice and all, just doesn’t match the story. Not that i’ve read it, so what do i know.


  3. The German edition really is lovely, and I like that it sort of takes the US cover and make it its own style. I also really like the Hodder & Stoughton one–it’s simple, but I like the style. These were fun to explore!


  4. Ooo… aren’t these covers allll beautiful?? And I agree with you – actually it was the cover I’d already chosen before I saw it was also your favourite. Fabulous choice for this theme:)


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