Friday, August 7, 2020

The Friday Face-Off: Action

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme 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:

This was another fun topic! I immediately had more than a few covers spring to mind when I saw this week's topic, so I've just decided to share a myriad of different action-heavy covers because I couldn't decide on one!

We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire, #1)Master Assassins (The Fire Sacraments, #1)The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands, #1)
2018 Self-Published Edition | 2018 Talos Hardcover | 2015 Self-Published Edition

Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive, #3)The Hod King (The Books of Babel, #3)A Cavern of Black Ice (Sword of Shadows, #1)
2017 Tor Hardcover | 2019 Orbit Paperback | 2005 Tor Mass Market

Spinning SilverThe Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)
2018 Del Rey Hardcover | 2007 Tor Hardcover | 2017 Little, Brown Hardcover

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)The Last Wish (The Witcher, #0.5)The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)
1990 Tor Hardcover | 2008 Orbit Paperback | 2017 Del Rey Hardcover

My choice(s):

We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire, #1)The Girl in the Tower (Winternight Trilogy, #2)The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands, #1)
I'm a sucker for some dramatic scenes, and I think the original self-published cover for We Ride the Storm  is one of the most dramatic and exciting covers out there (though the new Orbit one is stunning also!). I love the art style and how well the speed of the running horse is portrayed, as well as how you can really just feel the intensity and drive of the rider. I also love the entire layout of The Girl in the Tower's cover, it's very subtle yet still conveys a lot. And, of course, the original cover for The Grey Bastards always stands out to me for what a statement it makes, as well as how much it looks like a photo taken in the middle of the action.

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


  1. You always find such good ones for the topic! I like the one for The Girl in the Tower, too!

  2. These look fantastic together! And its amazing how many action covers have horses on them😁 I love The Grey Bastards the most.