The Friday Face-Off: The Tower

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

Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Welcome to the Friday Face-Off where this week we’re comparing covers that feature towers.

Featuring only a single tower between them, this week’s covers for Steven Erikson’s ‘Gardens of the Moon’ showcase the diversity in style in today’s fantasy books. Take a look and see which cover wins your vote this week!

Tor | Cover #1

Cover Art by Steve Stone

Subterranean Press | Cover #2

Cover Art by Michael Kormarck

| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

The Tor cover, whilst not overtly eye-catching, creates a pleasing a fantastical composition. Bathed in green light, with a landscape shrouded in mist, the crumbling stone tower is a strong focal point, with the single illuminated window drawing the eye.  I love how the mist and the clouds filter to the dark black of the backdrop, and how realistically the landscape is rendered; and I love how the moon in the background lights the scene, creating an eerie green glow.

The Subterranean Press cover, however, is an entirely different creation. Focused on the back of a central, sword-bearing figure, this cover is bold, colourful and immediately draws the eye. I love the strong orange red glow of the sun which illuminates the figures face, the surrounding landscape and the birds which can be seen in flight; and I love the wisps of smoke that come off the sheathed sword. This cover was my immediate favourite.

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

Amazon | The Book Depository | Goodreads

Next week’s theme is:

A little soil to make it grow

A cover featuring seeds/spores

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15 thoughts on “The Friday Face-Off: The Tower

    1. It’s still sitting on my bookshelf gathering dust but I have the best intentions of getting round to it!! I own the Tor cover and, whilst I don’t find it as eye-catching as the Subterranean Press cover, I do rather like the way you can become lost in its imagery 😀


  1. Yup, that Subterranean Press cover is my fav too. It’s flashy, so the colors immediately pull my eyes to it. But I do like the mood in the Tor cover. It’s very atmospheric and actually keeps my attention longer than the Subterranean Press one.

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    1. That’s true – the Tor cover is definitely one you can stare into… almost a fantasy photograph!! But that Subterranean Press cover immediately grabs my eye 😀


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