The Friday Face-Off: If They Are Wearing An Ugly Hat

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.

The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

Welcome to the Friday Face-Off! This week we’re comparing covers which feature hats!

And never mind ugly hats – this week I’ve trawled through an assortment of weird – but always wonderful – hattish creations which seem to proliferate across fantasy fiction to come up with the goods. And two of the most stunning I found in Scott Lynch’s Republic of Thieves, both designed by the outstanding Benjamin Carré. With the UK and US edition published by Gollancz and Del Rey respectively, and the French edition published by Bragelonne, take a look at this week’s offerings to see which is your favourite.

Gollancz – Cover #1

Cover Art by Benjamin Carré

Bragelonne (French) – Cover #2

Cover Art by Benjamin Carré

| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

With the former emphasising the splendour and pageantry of costume and the latter making the backdrop of a city its theme, these two beautiful covers are incredibly difficult to choose between. The UK/US edition is dark and dangerous – the grey watercolour backdrop, the knife dripping in blood and the expressionless menace of the masque – all point to the darker aspects of this novel. The French edition however removes this menace and replaces it with one of the most prominent characters of The Gentleman Bastard Sequence – The City. The touch of golden light on the rooftops, the subtly reflected figures and the detailed backdrop pay homage to the eloquence of Lynch’s darkly humorous novels which makes the Bragelonne cover equally worthy of winning.

So doff your caps ladies and gentlemen, this week I officially declare it a draw! 

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

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LyNext week’s theme is:

All that is gold does not glitLter

A cover which features gold

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13 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: If They Are Wearing An Ugly Hat

  1. What a wonderful choice of books – two stunning covers featuring ridiculous hats:)). And I also agree with your judgement – they are both awesome and I couldn’t choose between them either. I’m afraid I PUSHED the rules somewhat this week – whether I’ve actually broken the rules – you’ll have to decide!

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  2. Ooh great picks! I like the French cover a bit more because of the wider scope- the city backdrop, the coppery green domes, etc. very nice. Makes you want to go there lol . Still, that Gollancz cover is pretty awesome too.

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    1. Thanks! I love that rooftop backdrop too – it’s stunning. Though the figures on the Gollancz cover are rather striking! Very hard to choose between them this week 😀


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