Friday Face-Off: Fresh
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:
“New beginnings for a New Year”
~ a cover that is FRESH
The book I’ve chosen this week is Flame in the Mist, a young adult fantasy inspired by Japanese mythology and history. Its protagonist Mariko is the daughter of a samurai, fated to be a bartered off in a political marriage to the son of the emperor’s favorite consort. On the way to the imperial city, however, her wagon train is attacked by a notorious gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, and only by sheer luck does Mariko manage to escape the bloody massacre. With everyone thinking she is dead, for the first time in her life, Mariko can finally take control of her own destiny. Donning the disguise of a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan to find out who hired the bandits to try and kill her.
So what is fresh? Surely, a phoenix (or a peacock on fire, whatever!) as a symbol of rebirth and renewal would serve well for today’s theme of new beginnings. And if nothing else, lots of fresh flowers should suffice. Regrettably, I didn’t end up enjoying this book as much as some of its covers. A couple of which I think are actually quite pretty.
From left to right:
G.P. Putnam’s Sons (2017) – Hodder (2018)
German Edition (2018) – Portuguese Edition (2018)
Here’s how I would rank these covers, in order from favorite to least favorite: German edition, G.P. Putnam’s Sons edition, Hodder edition, and finally the Portuguese edition.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?