Friday Face-Off: The Top Hat

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 a TOP HAT

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher

Before he wrote A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, C.A. Fletcher AKA Charlie Fletcher also wrote children’s and YA stories, as well as The Oversight trilogy, his first adult fantasy series.  Headquartered in a Neo-Gothic Victorian-like version of London, the Oversight is a secret society that has since dwindled down to a mere five members after a tragedy devastated their numbers thirty years ago. But five, being a sacred number, is enough. Five is all The Oversight needs to keep things running, guarding the borders between the magical and the mundane and protecting the unsuspecting public from the nasty things that go bump in the night.

But creatures from the Otherworld aren’t the only threats. Danger comes in the form of more earthly foes as well, from sinister factions to witch-hunters who won’t rest until they see the last remnants of the Oversight destroyed. When a young girl with special abilities shows up at the Oversight safehouse, Sara Falk wants badly to believe she has found a fellow Glint and potential new recruit in Lucy Harker. However, it soon becomes clear that Lucy’s appearance is part of a more sinister and unsettling plot to strike at the Oversight. The question is…just whose plot is it?

From left to right:
Orbit (2014) – Polish Edition (2017) – Persian Edition (2018)


Okay, let’s see what we’ve got here! Orbit edition…pretty boring. Polish edition…while I’ll admit it’s been quite some time since I’ve read the book and I can’t recall all its details, why they saw fit to put some random vagrant on the cover, I just don’t know. And Persian edition…it’s pretty enough, but such a shame that it’s all so hazy. Still, I guess I’ll go with it.

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

12 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: The Top Hat”

  1. I do prefer the Persian edition, but am more likely to pick up the Polish… just because I have a massive weak for a Victorian setting so for that one I won’t have to read the blurb to know I’ll prob like it.


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