Friday, April 12, 2019

The Friday Face-Off: Longboat

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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. You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

My first thought was the Vinland Saga manga because it has a huge boat right on the cover, but it only has one cover. Then I thought of Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell.... but apparently I used that for a topic in the past. Whoops. So in the end, I've decided on the wonderful historical fiction novel The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker.

  The Half-Drowned King (The Half-Drowned King #1)Krone und FeuerDe legende van Swanhilde
2017 US Harper || 2017 German || 2017 Dutch

  Viking. Le ossa di ArdalThe Half-Drowned KingThe Half-Drowned King
2017 Italian|| 2017 UK || 2017 Large Print

My choices:
I'm somewhat equally tied between the US, Dutch, and large print covers, but in the end I think I have to go with the US cover because it's the one that first called out me and made me so excited to read the book. There's just something about the color choice and the design of the waves that gives it a really foreboding atmosphere to me. Am I the only that thinks the Italian edition makes it look a bit like a romance novel (although, he does have his shirt still, I guess)?
  The Half-Drowned King (The Half-Drowned King #1)

Which covers do you like best?

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  1. The Italian edition totally looks like a romance! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I like the Large Print and the German editions best!

    1. Haha, I'm glad I'm not the only one! And I do really like the decorative elements on the German one! It really stands out. :)

  2. This is a wonderful choice for this week's theme - I think it's the best I've seen so far. And I like your favourite, too. All the covers are good, but that one is fabulous:)

  3. I love the US edition! That's the one that caught my eye too. Although the Dutch edition follows close behind๐Ÿ˜

  4. 2017 German edition is awesome