Friday Face-Off: Early Fantasy Read

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:


Mogsy’s Pick:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I’ve actually been reading fantasy my whole life, but there was a time in my late teens to mid-twenties where I stopped reading entirely to focus on college and then work. About ten years ago though, I picked it up again as a hobby and returned to my favorite genre. That was when I started “catching up” and also reading a lot of the authors that were getting big on the scene around that time, and one of them was Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind. So even though it’s not my “earliest” fantasy read per se, I still think it’s appropriate for this week’s theme since it was one of the books that helped me get back into the genre.

From left to right:
Penguin Group DAW (2007) – DAW Kindle Edition (2007) – DAW 10th Anniversary (2017)

Gollancz (2008) – Gollancz (2017) – German Edition (2008)

Portuguese Edition (2009) – Latvian Edition (2013) – Dutch Edition (2013)

Persian Edition (2016) – Japanese Edition (2017) – Russian Edition (2011)


I’ll be honest, it’s been so long I hardly remember anything from the book except for a few key things, and I don’t even know if the Latvian edition is a good match for the tone of the story but I do love this cover!

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

12 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Early Fantasy Read”

  1. We went similar ways, meandering around reading! My „off-time“ was in the 90s, and the naughts went mostly into mmorpgs. I came back 2012 and can totally relate to that „having to catch up“ feeling. That means lists and lists and lists. These days, I‘m comfortable with what I don’t know ✅


    • Yeah, I’ve long accepted I’ll never be able to read everything I want to! It felt more manageable then I guess, because I just took down names and titles of books that already had a following, so the “must-read” pile was much smaller back then!

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  2. Yes, love that Latvian edition and also the Persian cover. I actually have a signed copy of this book, I met the author before he was super famous!


  3. I love your choice of book and that Latvian cover – now if we could just have the final instalment – although that would require a complete reread of the first two books in my case – so, eek!
    Lynn 😀


  4. This became one of my favorite books, it really resonated with me. I thoroughly enjoyed both the story and how it was written both structurally and the flow of the language. I’m probably overly influenced by that because I’m picking the edition I first read: 2007 Penguin Group DAW. And personally, I do think the Latvian cover plays nicely into elements and emotions of the story. 🙂


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