Friday Face-Off: Winter

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:

“Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”
a cover that puts you in mind of WINTER

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t featured The Bear and the Nightingale for Friday Face-Off yet, because I adore this book and I’ve always found its covers to be gorgeous. But it worked out well, since I can think of no better choice that embodies the spirit of today’s topic. The first volume of the Winternight trilogy, this novel is set at the edge of the Russian wilderness, where the northern winters are characterized by ten-foot high snowdrifts and near perpetual twilight,. And yet, Arden somehow manages to turn such a cold, harsh and dark world into a place of beauty. Those who survive here have to be strong, compassionate and hardworking, much like our protagonist Vasya–a wild but dutiful daughter, headstrong and brave.

Let’s now take a look at all the covers:

From left to right:
Del Rey US (2017) – Del Rey UK (2017) – Del Rey Paperback (2017)

Portuguese Edition (2017) – Serbian Edition (2017) – Czech Edition (2018) – Chinese Edition (2018)

German Edition (2019) – Farsi Edition (2018) – French Edition (2019)


I have to say, not all of these put me in mind of winter; in fact, some are downright summery, bursting with all the colorful flowers and birds. Naturally though, I still find myself drawn to the snowy covers because of the way they exude atmosphere, elegance and emotion. With that being said, I’m going to have to go with the Del Rey US hardcover as the winner, because when it comes to those three things, this one’s gonna be pretty hard to beat.

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

39 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Winter”

  1. I didn’t know there were so many covers for this one! I think I agree with you on the winner, but i also really like the French one!



      • Yes- I have to say that it really stood out from the crowd for me… But I am always struck at just how much personal taste comes into liking a cover. I always try to work out which cover on my selection will be the favourite – and I’m hardly ever right!


  2. The Del Rey US edition is also my favorite. I have a copy with that cover sitting atop a small stack of books in front of overflowing bookshelves. I see it just about every day, so it stays in mind as one I’d like to read. Now I just need to pick it up from that stack and begin.


  3. Your choice is definitely the most wintery of these covers. I really like the third one for some reason though, I think I’ve just got into covers like that lately (:


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