Friday Face-Off: Desert

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:

“Nomad is an island.”
a cover featuring a DESERT

Mogsy’s Pick:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

I’ve long been a fan of western-fantasy settings, and Rebel of the Sands takes this one step further by combining it with an Arabian Nights feel, plunging readers into world of harsh sun and sand. Supernatural beings like the Djinn and magical horses fill these pages, as well as mortals endowed with special powers. These cases are explained in a very imaginative way, pulling in elements from legend and mixing them with the author’s own ideas.

But how do the novel’s covers measure up? Let’s take a look at them now:

From left to right, top to bottom:
Viking Books for Young Readers (2016) – Speak (2017)

Polish Edition (2017) – German Edition (2016) – Spanish Edition (2016)

French Edition (2016) – Romanian Edition (2018) – Serbain Edition (2016)


There are some great covers for this book, and what really struck me were the subtle differences like the style of the border used in many of them. I find it amazing how that one feature can completely change the look and tone! Hence when choosing my winner this week, I considered everything from the color scheme and layout to the central image and art style, etc.  and in the end, the Romanian Edition probably gets my vote for best all-round cover. I love the contrast between its bright border against that deep blue background, and the fact you can clearly see the silhouette of the girl on the horse, unlike some of the other covers. I also like the little touches, like the moon in the starry sky.

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

33 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Desert”

  1. Ooh I really like the first two, in totally different ways. I’m not sure I’ve seen that SPEAK version before, but I like it! The Romanian one though… yeah that’s beautiful, with those starlit dunes in the background. Heck I’m tempted to try and get that one just for the cover lol.


  2. Your choice, together with the very similar Polish and Virgin Books editions is perfect in color and theme – the one you chose, however, has the winning element of that full moon in the upper section that makes all the difference 🙂


  3. Oh I’m so glad you picked this one – I LOVE this book and my favourite is that first cover, which is on the book I own, so brings back happy memories, as well as being gorgeous:). My favourite desert-themed cover I’ve seen!


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