The Friday Face-Off: Which Witch is Which?


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme 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.


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard


Welcome to this week’s Friday Face-Off – apologies for being on the late side! This week we’re looking at covers which feature either witches or witchcraft… and I must say that for a while I was stumped!

Published by Tor in both the UK and the US, Truthwitch is the first book in The Witchlands series by Susan Dennard. This Face-Off features two bold and watery covers which are similar enough to be recognised as counterparts, but are executed in their own unique styles. Take a look and see which one is your favourite this week!


Tor – UK Cover

Artwork by Justine Anwieler

Tor – US Cover

Artwork by Scott Grimando


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

This week, the US  cover takes the Face-Off crown after something of a close call. Although I absolutely love the typeface used for the title on the UK cover – and which I’m certain is stunning in real life – the artwork itself does not capture my attention as well as it might. The central figure is bold in both colour and stance whilst the crashing wave succeeds in framing the composition, drawing your eye towards the centre of the artwork. However, first impressions are everything and this one certainly failed to grab me from the start, though it improves considerably upon closer inspection.

The US cover, whilst not in a style which usually appeals to me, succeeds in bringing a bit more drama and atmosphere to the artwork and just manages to tip the balance in the US’ favour. The typeface is bold and eye-catching – though not nearly as sumptuous as the UK cover – and the blend of smoky blues and turquoises, along with the close-up composition, draw the eye almost immediately. This immediate attraction (for good or ill) makes this cover, in my humblest of opinions, the more successful of the two options this week.

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

Amazon | The Book Depository | Goodreads


Post LinksNext week’s theme is: Just Then Flew Down a Monstrous Crow

A cover which features a bird

Remember to check The Friday Face-Off Feature Page for upcoming themes


| Links |

Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek – The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski

Lynn @ Lynn’s Books  – The Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett

S J Higbee @ Brainfluff – Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones

Nick V Reys @ The Paper Dragon – Industrial Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Cate + Karen @ MidnightBiblioBlog – The Witches by Roald Dahl

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21 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: Which Witch is Which?

    1. The blue and gold are very rich on the UK cover – which definitely appeals! That typeface I just love. I want to find it in a bookshop so I can have a good look at it!

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  1. I’m with you – I prefer the US cover, though it is a close-run thing. They are both beautiful and eye-catching, but I do prefer the sense of mystery evoked by the half-covered face in the US version. And a great read, too:).

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  2. It’s interesting how two different covers can feature pretty much the same motif (down to the sword in hand and the rock they’re standing on) but still look so different. I prefer the US cover too, because of the girl’s expression. She has more spirit!

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  3. I agree. I much prefer the U.S. Cover. I’m not a big fan of fantasy books but I think the U.S. cover looks so much more interesting. If they were two different books, I’d be more likely to pick up the U.S. one and check it out than the UK. Great choice though 🙂

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  4. Definitely US. The stance of the girl is much more powerful and there is something off about the girl on the UK one. Also, I like the more elegant sweep of the water rather than the crashing wave.
    I’m contemplating buying this book, but I kind of prefer the UK paperback dimensions over the US – I don’t like those big paperbacks – so I don’t know what I’ll do, yet 😛

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