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!
2009 US Mass Market | 2007 Polish | 2009 UK
2009 German | 2012 Italian | 1998 Czech
2011 French | 2009 Bulgarian | 1998 Russian
2012 Serbian | 2015 Spanish | 2013 Hungarian
2020 Swedish | 2017 Estonian | 2018 Persian
2016 Georgian | 2016 Russian | 2019 Portuguese
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?