Friday, June 24, 2022

The Friday Face-Off: A Father-Figure Role

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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:

I had a few ideas for this one, with Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend first coming to mind, but I've already featured both of those in past posts and so had to keep looking. I finally settled on Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher series since Gerald has a great father-type role towards Ciri. I've decided to share editions of the first book, Blood of Elves, since Ciri has a larger role in it. There were so many covers and I want to share them, but that would be far too long so here's a small sampling. Let's check them out!

Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #1)Krew elfów (Saga o Wiedźminie, #1)Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #1)
2009 US Mass Market | 2007 Polish | 2009 UK

Das Erbe der Elfen (Hexer, #3)Il Sangue degli Elfi (La saga di Geralt di Rivia, #1)Krev elfů (Zaklínač, #3)
2009 German | 2012 Italian | 1998 Czech

Le Sang des elfes (Sorceleur, #3)Кръвта на eлфите (Вещерът, #3)Кровь эльфов (The Witcher, #1)
2011 French | 2009 Bulgarian | 1998 Russian

Krv vilenjaka (Saga o Vešcu #3)La sangre de los elfos (Geralt de Rivia, #1)Tündevér
2012 Serbian | 2015 Spanish | 2013 Hungarian

AlvblodHaldjate veri (Nõidur)خون الف‌ها (ویچر #3)
2020 Swedish | 2017 Estonian | 2018 Persian

ელფების სისხლი (მხედვარი, #3)Кровь эльфов (Ведьмак, #3)O Sangue dos Elfos (The Witcher, #3)
2016 Georgian | 2016 Russian | 2019 Portuguese

My choice(s):
It always bothered me that the main US editions featured covers taken from the games!? Especially since a lot of them featured scenes that weren't even in the books. (Orbit actually has a lot of new awesome covers for them coming out later this year if you're looking for better ones!) I really love just how much variety there is in all of these covers, and I have to say that I really like the Portuguese, Swedish, Spanish, and Bulgarian the most out of these options.

What cover(s) do you like the most?


  1. I've never read the books or played the game, just watched the show - the US mass market paperback kind of reminds me of that!

  2. Those first two covers are nice but I like the Czech one too. It's kinda bleak. And the Russian one- looks like they reused cover art from an old Melanie Rawn book. I'm trying to remember the name of it but think it's Michael whelan art? His stuff is always great.

  3. The Portuguese cover caught my eye because of the red and black contrast. Great choice, there are a lot of good covers😁