Friday Face-Off: Temple/Religious Icon

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 cover that features a TEMPLE/RELIGIOUS ICON

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

I had a really tough time coming up with a book for this week’s topic, so I had to look outside SFF to historical fiction for any depictions of temples or churches and the like. While I didn’t really care for this book, I figured, surely a novel about building a cathedral would have some covers that featured one on the cover, right?! Well, I wasn’t wrong about that, but I have to say the good choices were somewhat limited considering how many editions exist for this book. Here’s a small selection of those that I thought were the nicest and most interesting:

From left to right:
Pan Books (2017) – NAL Trade (2002) – Pan Mass Market (2019)


Slovenian Edition (2017) – Spanish Edition A (2010) – Spanish Edition B (2014)


Chinese Edition (2018) – Dutch Edition (2015) – French Edition (2014)


Polish Edition (2018) – Portuguese Edition (2016) – Serbian Edition (2005)


There were a few this week that caught my eye, the Spanish Edition B and Chinese Edition among them, but ultimately I felt I had to go with my first instincts. I have a thing for Gothic style architectural drawings, so I think I’m going to have to go with the NAL cover.

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

28 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Temple/Religious Icon”

  1. There are some good covers here! I really like the first Pan edition. Yeah, I almost didn’t participate this week, I couldn’t come up with anything! But finally did last night.


  2. What a great choice for this week – and yes, I ended up with historical fiction, as well, given that it was tricky finding a suitable cover… I can’t quite make up my mind between the Pan cover or the Chinese offering, so I’m going to call it a tie:).


  3. I’ve been curious about this book, but so far not curious enough to try it. I like the image from the Pan Mass Market edition (I guess the photographer in me is drawn to the light), but overall I prefer the design of the Spanish Edition A, with that rising column.


    • I read it a while ago, because I was curious what all the fuss was about, and this was even before the adaptation and everything. I don’t know, I just didn’t really click with it. The book was a real tome and honestly, I thought it was longer than it had to be and the author’s style also felt very awkward to me. But who knows, if you ever get to try it, maybe it’ll work better for you! 😀


    • I think it’s definitely more geared towards historical fiction readers, though I think fantasy fans will find the multi-pov and epic scope appealing. Quite honestly though, I thought it was much too long and there were parts where I got quite bored with it 😛

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  4. Haha, I really struggled with this one too – the I switched tactics in my head and was thinking more of graveyards with churches in the background – which didn’t entirely help because a couple of the books I had in mind didn’t have alternate covers! Anyhow – I really like your choice but there are some others on here that are really nice, I like the Serbian and the Spanish editions.
    Lynn 😀


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