Friday Face-Off: Magic in the Title

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 with MAGIC IN THE TITLE

Mogsy’s Pick:

Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan

Magic and magicians seem to feature strongly in Trudi Canavan’s books, and this one’s no exception. In Thief’s Magic, we meet Tyen, a young archaeology student (though calling what he and his professor and fellow students do “Archaelogy” might be a bit of stretch…they’re more like tomb robbers) who discovers a sentient book while excavating an ancient tomb. The book can read the minds of anyone with whom it makes physical contact, communicating through text appearing on the pages. Calling herself Vella, the book claims to have once been a sorcerer-woman, until she was transformed into her current form by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. She has been gathering and storing information through the ages ever since. Sensing bad things to come if Vella were to ever fall into the wrong hands, Tyen decides to keep her to himself for now, but as we all know, a secret this big is always bound to come out sooner or later.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Orbit (2014) – German Edition (2014)

Bulgarian Edition (2014) – Bolinda Audio (2014)


Not a single interesting or good looking one in the bunch, if I’m to be honest. I think the fantasy genre as a whole has decided to move on past the “generic hooded figure” design which used to plague so many of its covers, so a lot these already have a dated look despite not being that old. I guess if I had to choose, it would be the Bulgarian edition, because you can at least see more of the person’s face.

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


22 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Magic in the Title”

  1. I get what you mean about these looking dated I kind of like the first one though. I like the flames at the bottom of it and the background colour and texture kind of looks like it could be an old book, like described in the blurb.


  2. Well, the cape is one of the essential elements that denote mystery and magic, so it’s not surprising to see them pop up now and then 😉
    That said I like both the Orbit and the Bolinda Audio covers because the face of the character is partially obscured by the folds of the hood. As I said, mystery… 😀


  3. I’ve actually always liked the Orbit version, very simple and clean but with some interesting texture to it. It’s what originally drew me to that book, though I’ve still yet to read it. I never knew it was about a sentient book, but that makes each element of the cover make sense to me now, the face embedded in the burning page. And I’ve always loved the idea of sentient books, I’ll have to read this one.


    • It was a great book too, and I really enjoyed it. In fact, if the hooded figure wasn’t so generic, it would be a great cover for the story, since the background and overall layout really puts one in mind of an old tome or worn-out page.


  4. I hadn’t heard of this one! Of course, I haven’t read any Trudi Canavan books for years (probably the 90s) so that makes sense that I didn’t keep up with things. I agree with Tammy, love the Orbit cover.


  5. Yeah, none of these really knock me out. I’m familiar with the Orbit cover but I’m drawn to your choice because it’s so different and I like the colour – the font though!
    Lynn 😀


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