Friday Face-Off: Lion

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:

“Is that a lion with horns and a pitchfork?”
~ a cover featuring a LION

Mogsy’s Pick:

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

I think this is a theme we’ve done before, and I’m running out lion covers! Thankfully, I’ve read the first book of the Kate Daniels series which features lion shifters. Let’s take a look at some of the covers:

From left to right:
Ace Paperback (2007) – Ace Kindle (2009) – Gollancz (2010)

German Edition (2009) –Spanish Edition (2010) – Chinese Edition (2010)

Portuguese Edition (2015) – French Edition (2017) – Hungarian Edition (2015)

Polish Edition (2017) – Thai Edition (2016 – Russian (2020)



I’m not sure I love any of the contenders this week, but I do find the Ace (2009) edition very pretty. It’s a very “generic UF” cover but I love the colors, and damn, that is one cool lion.

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

18 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Lion”

  1. I’ve only read about lion shifters once, I think it was more of a YA urban fantasy series, but it’s a neat idea. I like the one you picked out definitely the best, but I kinda like the Thai one too.


  2. I like your pick Mogsy, but I also like the Ace 2007 paperback edition, too… The lion’s tawny eyes really stand out against the green:). I have just got hold of the first book in this series and it’s waiting to be read. Looking forward to it!


  3. Covers with animals or even people hovering in the background over the MC have always made me laugh for some reason, and this is no exception😁 But I do like the one you chose, it’s the least funny!


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