The Friday Face-Off: December 25


Friday Face Off 2cWelcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new feature here at Books by Proxy. Join me every Friday as I pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.


| The Friday Face-Off: The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett |

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying the season, whether you’re celebrating or not! For this week’s Friday Face-Off we’re looking at the covers for The Daylight War by Peter V. Brett, the third book in The Demon Cycle. This is a book which, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll realise has been on my ‘currently reading’ list for a ridiculously long time. A fact which has no bearing on the work of Mr. Brett whose Demon Cycle is a phenomenal series and which I cannot wait to continue – if I don’t get distracted by too many shiny new books!

Published by Voyager in the UK and by Del Rey Books in the US, the covers for The Daylight War are stunning, rich in colour and detail, yet remain distinctly different to give me more than a little trouble in choosing a favourite! One thing is for certain though – I am now determined to unearth this book and give it the attention it deserves! Take a look and see which cover is your favourite.


Voyager – UK Cover

 Artwork by Larry Rostant

“Yow. Lot of power going on there… They changed the background to a more Demon Cycle-style fading light, and on my request tweaked the knife a bit, and added more translucency to the veil for the stunning final version that went on to debut at #3 on the London Times Bestseller list.”

Peter V. Brett

Del Rey Books  – US Cover 

Artwork by Larry Rostant

“This cover grabs the eye from across the room and dominates whatever bookshelf you put it on, but it’s power is much more personal to me. My buddy Myke Cole (who also has Rostant covers on his UK books) always says of Larry’s art that there’s nothing more amazing than creating a character in your head, and then meeting them face to face. I know exactly how he feels.”

~ Peter V. Brett


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

TDW - winner2

Two awesome covers by one fantastic photographic illustrator – I honestly couldn’t choose a favourite! The Voyager cover is beautiful. I love that brilliant blue on the dark and atmospheric background and the typeface for this cover is without a doubt my favourite but… that red cover!  It’s rich and sultry and really captures the character of Inevera as she casts the alagai hora. Both of these covers are stunning and both are deserved winners. Bravo Larry Rostant- definitely a cover artist to look out for!

If you want to read more about the design process for these covers, Peter V. Brett has written a three-part blog post on their creation which can be found here. Happy reading!


Have you read The Daylight War? Which is your favourite cover? 

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