Friday Face-Off: Forest/Jungle

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:

“None of the Jungle People like being disturbed.”
~ a cover that features a FOREST/JUNGLE

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Broken Kingdoms by N.K. Jemison

I’ve only finished the first book of N.K. Jemison’s Inheritance trilogy, but the covers to the second book are just too gorgeous and matched this week’s theme too perfectly to ignore. So let’s see which one will come out on top:

From left to right:
Orbit (2010) – Orbit Paberback (2020)


German Edition (2010) – French Edition (2013) – Turkish Edition (2013)


Russian Edition (2013) – Japanese Edition (2012)



I have to say it was a real tough choice this week. For me, it came down to a toss-up between the Russian Edition and the Japanese Edition. Technically and artistically I felt the latter was a bit more unique, and manages to paint a really poignant moment from an interesting angle. However, it’s just a shame how the text takes up so much space, causing too much distraction. So, I’m going to go with the Russian edition.

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

20 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Forest/Jungle”

  1. I‘m going with your choice for the same reasons. It’s seldom that blurb doesn’t disturb.
    I‘ve noticed a typo: the Japanese cover shouldn’t be „French“.


  2. I was initially leaning towards the first Orbit edition, but then I saw the Japanese cover and that’s the one I’m most drawn to. I agree with you about the text, but other than that I love the cover. So many books and authors I really want to read, and N.K. Jemison is right up there near the top. One day…


  3. What a fabulous book for this week’s theme! It’s my favourite book of the trilogy and I LOVED the trilogy… But I’ve also lost my heart to the Japanese edition – yes… you’re right about the blurb. But those broken banister supports on the staircase… and THAT moment being depicted on the cover. Just – WOW! Love at first sight! Thank you – I relived that particular moment all over again:)).


  4. Great choice. I could have used this one but it never crossed my mind. I had the same dilemma with the same two covers but for me the Japanese cover won the day – even with the title stealing some of the show. It’s a great cover.
    Lynn 😀


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