Friday Face-Off: King

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:

“A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse.”
a cover featuring a KING

Mogsy’s Pick:

Dragon’s Child by M.K. Hume

Dragon’s Child is the story of King Arthur (known here as Artorex) and his journey from a humble childhood to become the High King of the Britons. Artorex is presented to us as the reluctant hero, whose personal choice would have been to raise a family on his foster family’s farm and live out the rest of his days as a simple steward. Fate, however, has set him on a different path.

Like many, I’ve read my fair share of retellings and interpretations of the King Arthur mythos, but I am most definitely not well-versed in the historical details. This made me curious as to how M.K. Hume, a leading academic expert on Arthurian literature, would tackle the legend from more of a historical perspective than a fantasy or mythological one. It’s been a few years since I read this one, and in that time, more editions of the book have been published. Let’s take a look at some of the covers:

From left to right, top to bottom:
Headline (2009) – Atria (2013)


Spanish Edition A (2011) – Spanish Edition B (2013) – Spanish Edition C (2015)

Portuguese Edition A (2010) – Portuguese Edition B (2012)


My favorite cover this week is the Portuguese Edition B (2012); I just love how the whole thing is laid out as well as the cool highlight effect of the white lines, almost like the entire image has been put through an illustration filter. Plus, the typeface is also very pleasing.

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

29 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: King”

  1. I like your choice – the font is really good and I also like the cover next to it which is also Portuguese.
    That highlight effect is really unusual and unique – I like it.
    Lynn 😀


    • I agree, and I’m not a big fan in general of “symbol” covers. I’m not that crazy for the “let’s just zoom in one some piece of armor/weapon” covers either, but hey, at least the one I chose had some interesting artistic flairs.

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  2. What a great choice of book for this week’s theme! My favourite is the Atria 2013 version – I love the colours and the design. While I do like the Portuguese edition, that white outline draws my attention away from the artwork.


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