Friday Face-Off: Feathers
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:
“The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes.”
~ a cover that features FEATHERS
After the plethora of options we’ve had to choose from for the past few weeks, I thought it would be a relief to go with a good old fashioned head-to-head today. That and I really couldn’t think of many books with “feather” covers, so this week we get Antigoddess by Kendare Blake, the first book of a Greek mythology inspired trilogy about ancient gods who walk among us–except now, they are dying. One by one, they are losing their immortality, meeting their ends in the most bizarre ways. Our protagonist Athena, for example, is experiencing her impending death by way of random feathers sprouting in her body like a form of aggressive cancer. This is making all the gods terrified, and in their desperation, some of are driven to insanity.
Now let’s take a look at the covers:
Tor Books Hardcover (2013) vs. Tor Books Paperback (2014)
While both covers feature feathers, the original Tor Books cover shows a single white plume front and center, and after I read the book and found out about Athena’s plight, its significance certainly took on a more disturbing meaning. But I’ve never really liked this cover; it’s always seemed a bit plain to me. Maybe that’s why when Tor reissued the book in paperback they also gave it a brand spanking new cover. It screams “YA fantasy”, but I do still prefer it a lot more over the original.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?