Friday, August 16, 2019

The Friday Face-Off: Feathers

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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:
“The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

I had more than a few book covers pop up in my head for this topic, but the cover for the edition I own of The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse stood out to me the most. I do wish more of the covers kept the feather theme prominent, but nonetheless I still had a great time looking at all of these covers.

  The Taxidermist's DaughterDe nacht van de vogelsΗ κόρη του ταριχευτή
2014 UK | 2015 Dutch | 2016 Greek

Der Kreis der RabenvögelThe Taxidermist's DaughterThe Taxidermist's Daughter
2017 German | 2016 US |  2014 US Kindle

The Taxidermist's DaughterLa fille du taxidermisteLa fille de Melisande
2016 US Large Print | 2017 French | 2013 Dutch

My choice:
De nacht van de vogels
I love a lot of these choices, including the UK, German,Greek,  and Large Print! (And, well, the others are pretty good, too.) I picked this as my favorite because this cover absolutely grips me and I know if I saw this in a store I would immediately gravitate towards it and want to buy it--it's just so dark and ominous!

What cover(s) do you like the most!?


  1. This is a great choice! I think my favorite is the Greek edition, it's beautiful yet ominous 😁

  2. I like so many of these, but I really like the simplicity of the 2014 UK version.

  3. Ooh some good covers here. I do agree that one is ominous! For some reason I like the UK 2014 one too, even though that one's NOT really ominous haha, but also the 2014 US Kindle one has a slightly dark tone to it. The 2016 Greek reminds me of the movie The Birds. And the Dutch one is kinda freaky!