Friday, December 7, 2018

The Friday Face-Off: A Hero

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.

I felt that it was time to join in another Friday Face-Off, so here we go!

This week's topic is:
‘I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.’ – A cover featuring a hero

For this week's topic, I thought I'd go with The Witcher, aka Geralt of Rivia. So Geralt sort of stretches the line between hero and antihero, but for this topic I thought he would make for a good cover hero. He has quite a presence and does regularly battle fantastical beasts and the like, so it works. I chose to go with The Last Wish as the book to feature, since it is often the place most recommended as a starting point to the series (it's where I started as well!) and features Geralt in a variety of short stories battling different creatures.

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

  The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)
2007 Gollancz || 2008 Orbit || 2008 Gollancz

  Il guardiano degli innocenti (La saga di Geralt di Rivia, #1)Последнее желание (Ведьмак, #1)Ultima dorință (The Witcher, #1)
Italian Edition || Russian Edition || Romanian Edition

  ÐŸÐ¾ÑÐ»ÐµÐ´Ð½ÐµÐµ желание (Ведьмак, #1)Poslednja Želja (Saga o VeÅ¡cu, #1)Le Dernier VÅ“u (Sorceleur #1)
Russian Edition #2 || Serbian Edition || French Edition

El último deseo (The Witcher #1)Ostatnie życzenie (Wiedźmin, #1)
Spanish Edition || Polish Edition

My choice(s):
Последнее желание (Ведьмак, #1)The Last Wish (The Witcher, #1)El último deseo (The Witcher #1)

I had a hard time deciding for this one! In general, I like the 2008 Gollancz edition the best even though it has a person on the cover, which I don't usually love. That being said, I thought Russian edition (left) really fit this topic the best and showcased Geralt in a very heroic manner, and the Spanish edition was just as strong with those heroic vibes. 

Which covers do you like best?

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  1. I like the 2008 Orbit cover with the Dragon and the fire!

  2. Wow, this is tough! I had no idea there were so many covers for this book. I guess if I had to pick, I'd choose the Romanian😁

    1. There are so many more than I even have here, it's crazy! The Romanian one is really pretty neat.

  3. So many great covers! It's hard to choose a favorite but I think mine is the Russian one followed very closely by the 2008 Gollancz.