Friday Face-Off: Crown

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:

“Heavy is the head that wears the crown.”
~ a cover featuring a CROWN

Mogsy’s Pick:

King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist

I had never read Raymond E. Feist before King of Ashes, but I found it to be a satisfying read, if a bit old hat at times. The book opens on the aftermath of a bloody battle. The monarch of what was once one of the five great kingdoms of North and South Tembria had just been betrayed by the other four kings, and now every single member of his family is being put to the sword. But in the chaos, a child was overlooked—a baby boy who was spirited away to safety in the confusion of battle.

A fallen kingdom, a lost heir…it all sounds a bit too familiar, doesn’t it? But what about the covers? Are they going to fall victim to “generic-ness”? Let’s take a look at our contenders this week:

From left to right:
Harper Voyager (2018) – HarperCollins UK (2018)
Bulgarian Edition (2018) – French Edition (2018)




Since I’m not really big on the “here’s a weapon/piece of armor” motif for epic fantasy covers, there was really no contest this week! My winner happens to be a beauty too.

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

28 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Crown”

    • I’m just not a fan of the generic “symbol” or “armor/weapon piece” cover that’s on the front of so many fantasy books today, as they don’t really tell me anything. Not that the one I chose tells me much either, but at least it’s got pretty scenery and colors to look at 😀

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  1. I agree, I usually laugh when I see a “sword” cover (sword taking up the entire space, usual spearing something). You just know a guy designed that cover! I love the last one too.


  2. See I do like “here’s a weapon/piece of armor” covers 😂 and I’m not a fan of “I’m obviously an epic fantasy” covers so I like the crown cover way better than the one you picked 😂😂 but I get why you like it!


  3. It’s a toss up for me between the French one and the HarperCollins one. I’m not always a fan of swords or crowns on covers either, I usually like an illustration, but I do like that crown on black with the HC one.


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