The Friday Face-Off: Green With Envy

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Green With Envy


Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Welcome to this week’s Friday Face-Off! This Face-Off is comparing books with predominantly green covers and, for me, there’s only one book which came instantly to mind!

Published by Gollancz in the UK and by Tor in the US, Elantris by Brandon Sanderson is not only a brilliant read but has some stunning artwork gracing its covers. Scroll down to see which one takes this week’s crown.

Gollancz – UK Cover

Artwork by Sam Green

Tor – US Cover

Artwork by Stephan Martiniere

| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

Stephan Martiniere’s US cover is undeniably beautiful and incredibly detailed. It has a brilliant traditional and almost sci-fi quality to it which still manages to resonate beautifully with the narrative. However, the Sam Green covers for Brandon Sanderson’s extensive repertoire have been a long time favourite and so this week’s winner was an easy choice. Monochrome with a flash of colour, these beautiful illustrations never fail to impress. Capturing the beautiful eerie quality of a city under a magical plague, this wonderfully stylised artwork along with its eye-catching typeface couldn’t fail to come out on top in this week’s Face-Off.

Which cover wins your vote this week? Have a cover of your own? – Post the link below!

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17 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: Green With Envy

  1. I agree with your choice. I love the UK covers. They make me think of watercolor paintings. I haven’t read Sanderson’s books yet but I bought the UK issues of the Mistborn trilogy because of the covers.

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    1. Personally I love all the UK covers and they all look fantastic together. But sometimes it is nice to get a little bit of variation! The US artwork is undeniable beautiful – it’s often the typeface which distracts and tips the balance to the other side!


  2. I just love the UK covers for all Sanderson’s stuff. They’re so minimalist, and yet so evocative and arresting. And make his books immediately recognisable whenever I shop for them.

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    1. They really are gorgeous! And it’s great branding really as I’m automatically drawn to them. I always look forward to seeing any new additions to the collection!


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