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Rivers of London / Řeky Londýna by Ben Aaronovitch
Welcome to this week’s Friday Face-Off – sorry for the delay in posting! This week we’re navigating the urban sprawl and towering architecture of the city to find covers which feature a gritty, real – or surreal – metropolis.
For this Friday’s post I’ve settled on a series I already love. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – or Midnight Riot to our US friends – is the first novel in the Peter Grant series. Published by Gollancz in the UK and by Argo in the Czech Republic, this week’s post features two beautiful covers with more than enough city vibes to satisfy my craving. Take a look and see which one is your favourite.
Gollancz – UK Cover
Artwork by Stephen Walter
Argo – Czech Cover
Artwork by Ktaiwanita
| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |
Well what do you know -two wonderful covers by two different artists and they fit together like peas in a pod. I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite! I love the stylised map 0n the Gollancz cover by Stephen Walter; there’s so much detail and, as a lover of maps, it’s fantastic that this illustration gives off such a unique and memorable city – and specifically London – vibe. Absolutely perfect for the novel! The typeface is quirky and stylish and crosses over to a different, yet extremely compatible cover from Czech publishers Argo. Ktaiwanita has produced a quirky and stylish collage-like illustration which has a simple palette, flashes of colour and wonderfully humorous illustrations. They both work for me on so many levels that I find it impossible to choose between them!
Which cover wins your vote this week? Have a cover of your own? – Post the link below!
A cover which features something or somewhere relating to death
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