Friday Face-Off: The Hood

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 HOODED FIGURE

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

I read this book around the time it came out, I can’t believe it’s been so many years! Whenever someone mentions the “hooded figure” in fantasy though, these covers always come to mind.

From left to right:
Orbit (2008) –Spanish Edition (2010) – Romanian Edition (2017)

French Edition (2009) – Danish Edition (2015) – Chinese Edition (2010)

Russian Edition (2010) – Greek Edition (2015) – Turkish Edition (2013)


It’s been a while since I read this book, and a lot of these international covers I’m only now seeing for the very first time. There are a few gems, like the French or Russian editions, but in this case, I think familiarity actually breeds comfort. That’s why I’m going with the original Orbit cover this week, as there’s just something so classic about it that I still find appealing after all this time.

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

22 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: The Hood”

  1. I like the French cover. Almost reminds me of the Ravenloft D&D module, for some reason. I have the series in a single volume on my bookshelf but have yet to try it, and I don’t even recall what the cover looks like.


  2. Totally agree with you on this. I like the French cover as well, but the Orbit one wins for me. I really enjoyed reading this series and was hoping for more books in it.


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