Friday Face-Off: Unicorn
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 thought unicorns were more . . . fluffy.”
~ a cover featuring a UNICORN
The Time of Contempt is the second full-length novel and the fourth installment of The Witcher Saga featuring Geralt of Rivia, a traveling mercenary who uses his warrior training as well as his mutant powers to hunt and kill deadly monsters. Originally published in Polish, the series has since gone on to inspire dozens of movies, TV shows, comics, and even a hit video game. The books and short stories have also been translated into numerous languages, which is why there are so many different covers to compare today. Here is a selection of the best and most notable ones:
From left to right, top to bottom:
Polish Edition A (1995) – Polish Edition B (1999) – Polish Edition C (2015)
Orbit (2013) – Gollancz (2013) – German Edition (2009)
Ukrainian Edition (2016) – Bulgarian Edition (2017) – Serbian Edition (2012)
Italian Edition (2013) – Czech Edition A (2007) – Czech Edition B (2011)
Spanish Edition A (2004) – Spanish Edition B (2008) – Spanish Edition C (2016)
Finnish Edition (2013) – Dutch Edition (2015) – Hungarian Edition (2013)
French Edition (2009) – Russian Edition (2018) – Chinese Edition (2016)
This week, I think my favorite cover is the 1999 Polish Edition. Not only does it feature a unicorn, I love how the stark white background and the monochromatic tones bring out the dramatic interplay between the lights and the darks. At first glance, you could almost even miss the fallen figure at the unicorn’s feet, camouflaged in its shadow. I can’t remember the story well enough to know what’s going on in this picture, but there might even be some meaning hidden in there.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?