Friday Face-Off: Steampunk

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:

“Gadgets and airships”
~ a cover that is STEAMPUNK

Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald

Iverness was my first introduction to Ian McDonald’s work and it’s still one of my favorite YA series; I just wish he’d continued it! I think I’ve already featured the first book for a past Friday Face-Off so today I’m going to use the second.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Pyr (2012) – Jo Fletcher Books (2013) – JABberwocky Literary Agency (2018)

Bulgarian Edition (2016) – Italian Edition (2018) – Russian Edition (2013)


Tough one this week, because I really like several of these. While the Jo Fletcher UK covers for this series are all very lovely, I think I’m going to have to go with the Pyr edition for this one, because that art is just too damn cool.

What do you think? Which one is your favorite?

12 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Steampunk”

  1. Hmmm… if the Italian edition were designed more like the Jo Fletcher Books one with a full cover painting I’d probably choose that one.


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