Friday Face-Off: White
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:
“As pure as the driven snow”
~ a cover that is WHITE
An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard
For today’s theme, I’ve chosen Kat Howard’s sophomore novel about a hidden world of magic and power. In this “Unseen World”, members of elite magical houses come together every few years to duke it out in a tournament called the Turning, with each family represented by their chosen champion. Ostensibly held to place each house in a hierarchical order based on magical proficiency, the competition may in fact be a front for a more nefarious purpose.
Let’s check out the covers:
From left to right:
Saga Press (2017) – Romanian Edition (2018)
German Edition (2018) – Russian Edition (2019)
I remember when I first saw it, I thought the Saga Press cover was plain, but over time I’ve come to appreciate the monochrome which leaves the shadows to do the dramatic work. So even with the newer designs of the other editions, I think that remains my favorite.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?
There’s just something about the white on white that’s really compelling..
I also would pick the Saga Press edition. It’s surprising how much detail there is😁
I’m kind of torn on this one. I’m not sure which one I like the most. Great pick!
They’re all very good, but I’ll go with the German edition.
The Saga Press cover is my favorite for sure! It’s simple but I think that gives it an elegance.
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I love your choice, it’s subtle and subdued almost and the way the branches twist through the title is intriguing.
I agree. I think they did a great job creating a minimalist design that still has loads of detail. It’s a very nice balance.
Love your choice!! It’s such a gorgeous cover!!
Saga is indeed simple and yet complex
I like the Russian, but as always they somehow miss the mark. Is it the border around the book? Is it the title?
I’ve had the same thing happen with covers in the past with them growing on me. I’m between your choice & the last one I think.