Friday Face-Off: Urban Fantasy

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:

~ an URBAN FANTASY cover

The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu

The Library of the Dead opens in Edinburgh, the home of our protagonist, 14-year-old Ropa Moyo. At a young age, she dropped out of school to look after her beloved grandmother and her sister Izwi, scraping out a living as a “ghostalker”—someone who can communicate with the dead. Mostly, this involves getting paid to help folks deliver messages to their dearly departed, but then one night, Ropa encounters a recently deceased spirit who makes her rethink everything she thought she knew.

Let’s check out the covers! Keeping it simple with just a good old-fashioned head-to-head this week.

Tor Books (2021) vs. Pan Macmillan (2021)


Tough one this week, I don’t love either one but I don’t dislike them either! The Pan Macmillan UK version did catch my eye though, with its lines radiating radiating out from the center, and it took a closer look to make me realize it’s supposed to be a map of the city. But it’s cool that from a distance they look a lot like tree limbs or veins!

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

12 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Urban Fantasy”

  1. I’m actually not a big fan of the map lines for some reason..
    I’d have to go with Tor. All those stairs, the city, it looks like you could step right through the cover and into a great adventure.


  2. The map is a bit too close to the Rivers of London covers I think, so same for me. And I must get round to reading this given it’s set in my home city 🙂


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