The Friday Face-Off: The Airplane Takes Off Against The Wind, Not With It.


Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a 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.


Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off! This week we’re comparing covers which feature planes… so naturally I chose very loosely and went for a cover and artist that I absolutely love!

Published by Gollancz, Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding, the first book in his Tales of the Ketty Jay series, has (at least one) cover to die for. Take a look at this quite radical comparison to see which one is your favourite. For me, it’s not contest.


Gollancz – Cover #1

Cover Art by Stephan Martiniere

Gollancz – Cover #2



| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

With this Face-Off there truly is no comparison. Although the second cover has a flare for the dramatic with its vivid colours, bold border and dramatic figure (who almost steps out of the screen!), the cover by Stephan Martiniere is unbelievably beautiful. The attention to detail, glorious palette and beautiful typeface come together to frame an impressively colossal airship. This is an incredibly awesome cover for a ridiculously good book!

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

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Post LinksNext week’s theme is:

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, ‘it might have been’…

A cover which features mice

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


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8 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: The Airplane Takes Off Against The Wind, Not With It.

  1. I love your choice of book – and yes… it’s a no-brainer, Proxy:). That stunning cover from Gollancz just aces it… I’ve read a couple of Chris Wooding’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them, but haven’t had the pleasure of this one – I think I’ve even got it on my TBR… I need to look it out. Have a great week-end:)

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  2. I love them both, actually! The first one for all the reasons you listed, but the second one is also very eye-catching – I think it’s because of how much I love “Western-y” stories, and that cover just jumped straight out at me.

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