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The Falcons of Fire and Ice by Karen Maitland
Welcome to this week’s Friday Face-Off! This week we’re looking at covers are predominantly blue!
Published by Penguin / Michael Joseph, The Falcons of Fire and Ice is a work of historical fiction written by one of my favourite authors, Karen Maitland. This Face-Off features the stunning covers for the hardback and paperback editions of the book and, as usual, has created something of a dilemma of choice! Scroll down to see which one wins the Face-Off this week!
Penguin – Paperback Cover
Artwork by Mark Swan
Penguin – Hardback Cover
Artwork by Gray318
| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |
I honestly love both these covers which has led to a very difficult decision this week – as tempted as I was to call it a draw! The paperback is a splash of fire on ice, a decorative and elaborate typeface on a cool and muted backdrop. I love that misty, faded tree-scape and the vibrancy of the fiery falcon – this entire composition is very evocative.
The hardback meanwhile takes us back to the gorgeous stylised covers of Maitland’s previous novels – a style which I absolutely adore! Both bold and eye-catching, this illustrative style works well for the themes and period in which the books are set whilst capturing the wit and verve of Maitland’s writing. I love the splashes of colour and the woodblock print-style typeface which all come together to create one wonderful composition. This style of cover will never fail to please me!
Which cover wins your vote this week? Have a cover of your own? – Post the link below!
A cover which features a witch and/or witchcraft
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