Friday Face-Off: Hero

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:

“I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.”
~ a cover featuring a HERO

Mogsy’s Pick:

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

For this week’s topic, I’ve decided to feature the hero – or heroine, if you will – from the first book of Jay Kristoff’s The Lotus Wars, his YA trilogy set in a feudal Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy world. At the beginning of Stormdancer, our protagonist Yukiko and her father are forced to capture an arashitora – a “storm tiger” or griffin – for their megalomaniacal Shogun. However, their expedition is interrupted by a great storm, causing Yukiko to become stranded and separated from the group. She is set upon by one of the very creatures she was tasked to hunt, and a very angry one at that.

Instead of tearing her to pieces though, the griffin, which Yukiko names Buruu, winds up bonding with the girl, and together, the unlikely pair rises up to challenge the rule of a tyrannical empire.

Here are the four covers being compared this week:

From left to right:
Thomas Dunne Books  (2012) – Tor UK (2012)
Polish Edition (2013) – French Edition (2014)




I kind of love them all this week! In the end though, I have to say the Polish edition slightly edges out the other three. Just look at that detail. I would love to have this image as a poster.

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


36 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Hero”

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  2. Nice covers. I think I like the TOR UK version- it’s got the mountainous background but still has a pop of red too. Although then again maybe the Thomas Dunn one lol- IDK, that pose in the UK TOR I’m not sure about- she looks more natural in the first one? They’re both great though! 🙂


  3. I’ve only read Kristoff’s Nevernight Chronicles, I should check out his other stuff. This looks like something right up my alley. These are all pretty great covers too. Nice pick!


  4. Wow – that is a fantastic cover.
    I can’t believe how far behind I am visiting everyone – I’m such a slouch! Still, I’ve finished stage 1 of the SPFBO which is what I intended. Now onto the review books!!
    Lynn 😀


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