Friday Face-Off: Ruins

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 featuring RUINS

Mogsy’s Pick:

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

It all begins with a fallen angel. The War in Heaven has come to Paris – or what’s left of it. The proud city is a ruin now, the once beautiful Seine clogged with the ashes of the dead and destroyed. House Silverspires, which used to be one of the most powerful Fallen factions, has followed Paris’ downfall into decay and disarray. It is thought that the House’s founder Morningstar has abandoned them, or he may be dead; either way, the fate of Silverspires now rests in his protégé Selene’s hands. And Selene, while she’s no Morningstar, is trying to do her best to keep her people safe as a sudden string of uncanny deaths strikes those with ties to her House.

Let’s take a look at the covers!

From left to right:
Roc (2015) – Gollancz HC (2015) – Gollancz PB (2016)

German Edition (2017) – French Edition (2017) – Blackstone Audio (2015)


Wow, what a dark set of covers! Here I think a little brightness might actually help highlight the ruined city, which I enjoy as a visual theme as much as I do the angel wings. The French edition it is!

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

17 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Ruins”

  1. I’ve loved everything I’ve read from Aliette de Bodard, but I’ve not yet read this one. My favorite is the Roc edition, though I might be biased as that’s the edition on my bookshelf.


  2. Haha – would you believe we used the same book this week. We chose different covers – I went for the audio – but I really like the French cover and could very well have chosen that simply because of the brightness and clarity of the ruin – but for some reason I didn’t include that cover. Must have overlooked it.
    Lynn 😀


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