The Friday Face-Off: February 12


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 Thousand Names by Django Wexler |

In this week’s Friday Face-Off we’re taking a look at the cover for the first novel in Django Wexler’s The Shadow Campaigns series, The Thousand Names. Despite having been on my to read list for quite some time, Wexler still hasn’t made it onto my bookshelf – a travesty which must be corrected at the earliest opportunity – so what better way to remind myself of what I’m missing out on than to ogle some wonderful book covers.

Awesome reviews and wonderful premise aside, just look at these babies! Swords?! Guns?! Vivid colours and incredible atmosphere?! What more could you ask for? With Del Rey and Steve Stone  fighting in the UK’s corner and Roc with Paul Youll for the US, take a look and see which cover comes out on top!


Del Rey – UK Cover

Artwork by Steve Stone

Roc – US Cover

Artwork by Paul Youll


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

This week was a tough one… so I’m calling it a draw! The more I look at the Del Rey cover by Steve Stone the more I love it. The composition is wonderful; the figure in the foreground has incredible dynamism; the background is chaotic and atmospheric; the colours are earthy but catch the eye; and it hits you with the impact of a movie poster. Overall an awesome effect.

The Roc cover on the other hand is more refined and elegant and it’s just as eye-catching as the Del Rey cover with its vivid use of colour and its own highly dynamic, yet entirely different, figure. I love the golds and the blue greens in this cover, and the overall composition is highly effective – in short: it looks like the kind of book I would instantly pick up.

But I still can’t choose a favourite. When it comes to dynamic action figures however, Steve Stone wins hands down. Love it.


Have you read The Thousand Names? Which is your favourite cover? 

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16 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: February 12

  1. What a smashing idea:) I’m always intrigued at how different the UK and US covers are – and in this case I prefer the US one, as I think it’s more stylish. But whichever one – I HIGHLY recommend the book and the whole series. Wexler is a fantastic writer and this is a great read. Did you enjoy it?

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    1. Thanks! 😀 I love the US one too – you’re very right, it’s more refined and elegant.

      I haven’t read it yet! This is a definite reminder to get a move on and get round to it. Very excited to do so 😀

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  2. I really like both of these covers but I just love the figure in the Roc cover. I don’t know why. I suppose I love the colours anyway but apart from that there’s something about the character. Even though you’re seeing his back striding away – he doesn’t look like he’s striding away – he looks like he’s striding into battle.
    Lynn 😀

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  3. I don’t envy you trying to pick a winner between these two great covers. I haven’t read anything by Django Wexler but either of these covers would tempt me to. I love the figure in the UK cover however I am also really drawn to the colours of the US cover!

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