Friday Face-Off: Epic

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:

~ a cover from an EPIC book

The Empire’s Ruin by Brian Staveley

I was really excited about this week’s topic because epic fantasy is a go-to genre of mine, except it turns out some of my favorite epic fantasy novels actually have some of the most boring and unassuming covers, go figure.

But if there’s one thing I can rely on, it’s a gorgeous Brian Staveley cover with art by Richard Anderson.

Tor Books (2021) vs. Tor UK (2021)


Yes, I know I kinda gave it away in the intro, but I do love Richard Anderson’s artwork and the cover he did for the US edition of The Empire’s Ruin is incredible in its dynamic action and killer style. The UK cover is also rather pretty and I like the color scheme, but if I’m to be honest, I’m totally over just weapons on epic fantasy covers.

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

4 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Epic”

  1. I agree. I’ve enjoyed each of Anderson’s covers I’ve seen. There’s something interesting and unique about them. You can tell one of his covers when you see it.


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