The Friday Face-Off: Action


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. Check out Lynn’s-Books for upcoming themes!


The Empire of Ashes by Anthony Ryan


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off where this week we’re comparing book covers that depict action!

Amongst the many action-packed and bloody covers that grace the fantasy genre, I decided that it was about time some awe-inspiring and dynamic dragons featured on Books by Proxy. The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan was one of my favourite reads of 2017 and it just so happens that the series, The Draconis Memoria, has some incredibly beautiful and action-packed covers to choose from – The Empire of Ashes being the third and final instalment of the trilogy.

With Orbit’s cover by Jeffrey Read going head to head with Ace’s cover by Leesha Hannigan, scroll down to see which one is your favourite!


Orbit | Cover #1

Cover Art by Jeffrey Read

Ace | Cover #2

Cover Art by Leesha Hannigan


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The Ace cover is a dramatic and beautifully rendered image of two dragons in the midst of a battle. In a swirl of water and wings, the two dragons snap and snarl at one another in this action-packed composition. Despite Leesha Hannigan’s beautiful illustration, I feel this cover is let down by the blocky typeface and the flames that eat away at the page. This artwork, like the Orbit cover, deserves a clean, full-page spread to truly appreciate it.

The Orbit cover on the other hand is, for me, as close to perfection as possible. Jeffrey Read has captured a dramatic and suspenseful scene as two figures throw up a glowing shield as they are wreathed in flames. The dragon is menacing and terrifying, a true vision of a ‘monster’, and the bright colours of magic and flame provide a stark contrast to the dark and smokey backdrop. The typeface is clean and simple and only complements this simply stunning cover.

I highly recommend that you check out Jeffrey Read’s website too, his concept art is truly second to none.

Cover Art for The Draconis Memoria by Jeffrey Read

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

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Next week’s theme is:

Spectacular

  A cover featuring glasses or spectacles

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The Friday Face-Off: Framed


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The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off!

This week I have been mired by deadlines that have eaten into all my free time – books have been unread, blog posts have been left half written and I didn’t even manage to finish this Friday-Face Off post in time! But hurrah! It’s finally the weekend and at least I cobbled enough images together to put on a post this evening!

This week I decided to go for a book that has a frame-like illustration – and none come to mind more than Genevieve Cogman’s Invisible Library series! With Ace providing Cover #1 and Pan Macmillan providing #2 these two provide very similar entries to the Face-Off!

Take a look and see which one is your favourite!


Ace | Cover #1

Pan Macmillan | Cover #2


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As beautiful and elegant as the Pan Macmillan covers are for this series, they hold no bars to Ace. The symmetry, the thick, patterned border that loops and weaves so elegantly around the page, and the subtle use of colour really make this cover stand out. I adore the typeface, the scrolling foliage and the little Eiffel Towers that book-end this frame, and the single red-eyed cat taking centre stage is just the cherry on the cake!

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

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Next week’s theme is:

White

  A cover that is predominately white

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The Friday Face-Off: My, What Big Teeth You Have


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 Infernal Battalion by Django Wexler


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off where this week we’ll be comparing covers which feature a cloaked figure! With ever an abundance of mysterious cloak wearing, cape donning, and shroud covered characters inhabiting fantasyland, this Friday I’ve been spoiled for choice in the cover department.

With two starkly different covers, Django Wexler’s The Infernal Battalion has won out this cloak-off – even if one of the covers has nary a cloak nor a cape to be had. Published by Head of Zeus in the UK (no-cloak) and Ace Books in the US (cloak!), check out this week’s featured covers and decide which one is your favourite.


Head of Zeus | UK – Cover #1

Ace Books | US – Cover #2


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The UK cover, with its cold hues and stark imagery, depicts a battlefield of smoke, dirt and rain, where a besieged city towers in the distance and burns with bright orange flames. The soldiers illustrated in the foreground have a certain dynamism to their character as they struggle through the mud of the battlefield with a cannon. The typography is bold and simplistic, neither dominating nor distracting from the imagery.

The US cover, by comparison, transports us to the city walls themselves. Here the colours are hot and dangerous, and the image of a cloaked figure dominates the foreground as fire and smoke swirls behind. As effective as the tone and setting are, the figure doesn’t appear to be engaging with their surroundings, looking a little nonplussed as the city burns.

Perhaps this was the purpose of the design and refers to a particular moment in the book, but I much prefer the dynamism of the UK cover – making it this week’s winner!

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

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Next week’s theme is:

Groovy Baby

A cover that is retro

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