Friday Face-Off: Grey

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:

“Brooding and dull like a cloudy sky”
~ a cover that is GREY

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Sixteen-year-old Immanuelle hails from a shepherding family in the small isolated village of Bethel. Here, the people live in a closely-knit but insular community, following the word of the Father and a body of strict rules and laws based on the Holy Protocol. Still, the problem for Immanuelle is that her very existence is anathema to everything her society stands for. The product of her mother’s scandalous union with an outsider, our protagonist had been branded an interloper the moment she was born. One day, on the way home from the market, Immanuelle accidentally wanders into the forbidden woods surrounding the village, which are said to be filled with dark magic and evil spirits. After a terrifying encounter with witches, a curse is unleashed upon Bethel, putting everyone in it in grave danger.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Ace (2020) – Bantam Press (2020) – Corgi (2021)

Portuguese Edition (2021) – Russian Edition (2021) – Hungarian Edition (2021)


I think we have a tie this week between the only two editions that prominently feature the character on the cover. I just find the others too bland for my tastes!

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

12 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Grey”

  1. My favourites the first one. I was so disappointed when the UK version released with a different cover. Although I do kind of like like Portuguese one too. Not quite as much but I do think the padlock adds a sense of menace in a way.


  2. I’ve always loved that first cover from Ace with the beautiful side-lit portrait full of mystery and merged into the treeline. My second favorite would be the second, Bantam, cover. I like simple covers with that kind of symbol or mysterious alphabet.


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