Friday Face-Off: Windswept

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:

“The classic figure, stood majestically, with wind blowing out in a fetching way”
~ a WINDSWEPT cover

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Since one of my favorite tropes in fantasy is “books about books”, that was immediately a point in this novel’s favor! Protagonist Elisabeth Scrivener was abandoned on the doorstep of the Great Library of Summershall when she was just an infant. As a result, she was raised among its shelves of magical tomes, growing up with a natural thirst for knowledge, though unfortunately that curiosity often got her into trouble with her caretakers…

Let’s check out the covers:

From left to right:
Margaret K. McElderry Books (2019) – French Edition (2021) – German Edition (2022)


These covers are all so pretty, but I think the Big Bang French edition is the prettiest – the most fetchingly windswept – so that’s going to be my winner.

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

13 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Windswept”

  1. If I picked based on the theme then I’d also choose the French edition. But my favorite is the Margaret K. McElderry Books edition. I like how it’s cropped in more and darker and has her looking out of the frame. And back to the French edition, the more I look at it the more it reminds me of some older comic books, though I can’t quite place which one(s).


  2. I like all of these but I might have to go with the first one. Close though, that second one is amazing. And I didn’t really know what this books was about, always liked the cover, but the premise sounds great!


  3. I very nearly used this for my book and I had pegged the same favourite. There’s so much going on, I do love the first cover but all the background action in the second cover sealed the deal for me.
    Lynn 😀


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