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

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Next week’s theme is:

Spectacular

  A cover featuring glasses or spectacles

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The Friday Face-Off: White


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!


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off!

This week we’re comparing book covers that are predominantly white and oh my were there a lot to choose from! In order to narrow down the wealth of possibilities, I decided that I would have to go for a book I had read and loved, a book which just so happens to have two absolutely stunning covers – enter Nevernight by Jay Kristoff.

With Tor’s Nevernight cover by Jason Chan against Harper Voyager’s cover by Kerby Rosanes, take a look and see which one is your favourite!


Tor | Cover #1

Cover Art by Jason Chan

Harper Voyager | Cover #2

Cover Art by Kerby Rosanes


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

The Tor cover is beautiful and eerily atmospheric, the solitary figure of Mia Corvere with a blooded blade making for a dark, dramatic composition. Further to this, the winged shadow against the pale stonework make for an arresting backdrop which is set off by the twisting and swirling typeface.

By contrast, the Harper Voyager cover is bold and eye-catching, and the beautifully detailed bird against the blood red sun makes for a striking image. This is a Face-Off that I simply cannot choose between.

Concept Art for Nevernight by Jason Chan

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:

Action

  A cover that depicts action

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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


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

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: Just as it Seems


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!


Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off!

Now I know that a multitude of covers exist which display a graceful hand holding an ominous, powerful or fruit-like object. I, however, cannot for the life of me find them – especially not after a bottle of wine. So this week I’ve settled for a small, yet deadly, contribution to the Face-Off with a blade, both hidden and otherwise.

The first cover for this week’s ‘object’ edition was published by Orbit in 2008 and features artwork by Calvin Chu, and the second was published by Bragelonne in 2009, featuring artwork by Frédéric Perrin.

Take a look and see which one is your favourite!


Orbit | Cover #1

Cover art by Calvin Chu

Bragelonne | Cover #2

Cover art by Frédéric Perrin


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

As much as I love the Orbit edition of the Night Angel Trilogy; the smoke-like splashes of colour, the bold and graphic typeface, and the solitary figure looming ominously out of the white, I cannot help but feel that this is hardly a contest at all, especially considering the fact that Kylar’s hidden blade is all but concealed by Brent Weeks’ magnanimous name.

Bragelonne have a reputation for producing beautiful and powerful pieces of artwork to accompany their published titles and Shadow’s Edge, or Le Choix des Ombres, is no exception. The drama and perspective of the artwork is beautiful and arresting, and the muted colours of the backdrop set off the eye-catching splashes of red and luminous eyes that emanate from the figure.  Frédéric Perrin has captivated the essence of the novel almost effortlessly which is why, almost without contest, it is this week’s winner!

The Night Angel Trilogy. Cover art by Frédéric Perrin

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:

Framed

  A cover featuring a frame, a picture within a cover, or a murder mystery set up

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The Friday Face-Off: At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.


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!


Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off!

Having racked my brain for even a hint of tunnel, hole, burrow or mine, it became abundantly clear that this week’s Face-Off was not going to be easy! Luckily I had just finished Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, and you can always count on the myriad of Discworld novels to display one, if not several, of the weekly themes. Enter Raising Steam.

This week we are comparing two very similar covers of Raising Steam, illustrated by artist Paul Kidby; one published by Doubleday in 2013 and the other published by Corgi in 2014. Take a look and see which one is your favourite!


Doubleday | Cover #1

Cover art by Paul Kidby

Corgi | Cover #2

Cover art by Paul Kidby


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

While similar in overall style, colour and type, the illustration of these two covers is distinctly different; with the Doubleday cover emphasising a feeling of chaos and speed and the Corgi cover creating a strong focal point as the train emerges triumphant from a plume of steam.

I love the feeling of movement on the Doubleday cover, from the the winding train and the flying axes to the varied and distorted facial expressions of the passengers. This is a cover that delights in emphasising movement. As evocative as this is, however, I find that my eyes can’t quite focus and it loses some of the refinement where the lines have been blurred.

By comparison, the train in the Corgi cover has a powerful presence – lights streaming in the dark, steam rising, a dark and rugged stone wall dominating the backdrop as the train speeds ahead. The composition and darker contrast present in this cover are also much more appealing which is why, despite being a close run thing, it is this week’s winner!

‘Raising Steam’ by Paul Kidby – 2014, Acrylic on Board

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:

Just as it seems.

A cover featuring a person holding an object.

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The Friday Face-Off: The sea brought you. The sea shall have you back.


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!


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne


Welcome to my somewhat late contribution to the Friday Face-Off!

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea happens to have an inordinate quantity of editions across the globe, many of which feature tentacles by the dozen! After some time spent rooting around for my favourites, I settled upon the Vintage edition, published in 2020, and (because I’m something of a sucker for these editions) the Penguin Classics edition, published in 2015.  Take a look and see which one is your favourite!


Vintage | Cover #1

Penguin Classics | Cover #2


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

Vintage and Penguin Classics have produced two of the most simple and straightforward designs I could find in a library bursting at the seams with kraken, jellyfish, and assorted sea monsters. They both stood out as simplistic, modern and, in their own refined way, beautiful.

The looping tentacles of the jellyfish pattern on a deep blue backdrop are a delightful addition to the Penguin Classics range, and the quirky typeface and the swirling tentacles of of the Vintage edition would have me instantly reaching for it off the bookshelf.

Eye-catching in their simplicity, only my adoration of the style of all Penguin Classics, and the knowledge of how they look and feel when you hold them in your hands, have made 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:

At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.

A cover featuring a tunnel

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The Friday Face-Off: A Little Soil to Make it Grow


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


Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer


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

The first book which sprang to mind as a near perfect example of this week’s theme was Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, and luckily it has the artwork to back it up! The two covers selected for this comparison are the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition with artwork by Eric Nyquist, and the Destino edition with artwork by Pablo Delcán. Take a look and see which one is your favourite!


Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Cover #1

Cover Art by Eric Nyquist

Destino | Cover #2

Cover Art by Pablo Delcán


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

I absolutely love the Eric Nyquist covers for The Southern Reach Trilogy, they’re eye-catching and blend simplistic, bold type with detailed and fluid forms. I love the refined use of colour, the twist of the plant as it spears its way through the title, and the split text to form a central block which immediately draws the eye. This cover is the most successful in overall composition, with type and artistic detail working together to create an outstanding cover. And it almost won. Almost.

The Pablo Delcán cover is strange and abstract, using naturalist illustrations to create beautiful and alien plant-life which seemingly spreads and grows across the page. The coloured illustration is made bold by the stark black backdrop, making it reminiscent of an old oil painting, and it’s easy to become lost in the detail which flows out from the centre of the image. The typography is a little bland and uninteresting, especially when compared to the Nyquist cover, but I love Delcán’s artwork so much that this week’s winner is Cover #2.

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:

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations

A cover featuring a family

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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!

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Next week’s theme is:

A little soil to make it grow

A cover featuring seeds/spores

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The Friday Face-Off: I Got No Strings to Hold Me Down


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Dolly by Susan Hill


Welcome to the Friday Face-Off where this week we’re comparing covers that feature either dolls or puppets.

Anticipating some horrendously creepy covers this week (dolls AND puppets?!), I’ve gone for two covers that I find incredibly disturbing with Susan Hill’s novella, Dolly. Scroll down to see which cover is your favourite… if you dare!


Profile Books (Hardcover) | Cover #1

Cover Art by Peter Dyer

Profile Books (Paperback) | Cover #2

Cover Artist Unknown


| The Friday Face-Off: Winner |

Cover #1 gives the book a sense of the Gothic with its Victoriana inspired binding. Blending a rich green damask, which features intertwining floral motifs and a title that looks as though its been embroidered into its fabric, this cover would appear sumptuous and enticing… if it weren’t for the ghostly doll in its centre. With the vines of the damask twisting around its limbs, and a strange translucency that gives the doll its ghostly appearance, this is quite a beautiful, if incredibly creepy, cover.

While I can appreciate the beauty in Cover #1 (minus creepy doll #1), Cover #2 is just a big fat no.  The burnished colour which fades to black gives the doll’s face a terrifying focus; and the cropped imagery, the cracked porcelain and the staring eye are the stuff of nightmares. From the painted red lips, to the finely drawn eyebrow, to the snub nose and the glassy blue eye, Cover #2 is effective in conveying a ghostly, haunting piece of literature which may be found cover-less on my shelves!

With two highly disturbing covers which are more than likely to give me nightmares, the winner of this week’s face off is Cover #1.

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:

When she was a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs

A cover featuring a Tower

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