Friday Face-Off: Armor
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:
“Pretty armour doesn’t make a warrior”
~ a cover that features ARMOR
The story of Blood Song is about a young boy who trains and grows up to become a leader and one of the greatest warriors in the kingdom. It’s a tried-and-true formula in epic fantasy which by all rights I should have been sick to death of, but Anthony Ryan managed to pull it off without making me feel like I’m getting the same old, same old. But how do the book’s covers fare? Let’s take a look:
From left to right:
Ace (2012) – Orbit (2013) – Turkish Edition (2014)
Dutch Edition (2013) – Bulgarian Edition (2015) – French Edition (2014)
Portuguese Edition (2016) – Romanian Edition (2015) – Czech Edition (2015)
Russian Edition (2014) – German Edition (2014) – Serbian Edition (2019)
Armor on book covers in the epic fantasy genre are nothing new, but I’ll let you in on a little secret: I can’t stand them! They just scream “generic” to me, and as you can see from the collection of covers here, many of which just feature a close-up for a chest plate and/or gauntlets, they do tend to blend together and one looks like the next. So it’s a tough choice this week, but I think I’ll have to go with the Portuguese edition. It’s unfortunate that the text is so frightful and takes up so much of the cover, but the image itself is quite gorgeous.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?