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:
When I first saw the topic 'scantily clad,' I was stumped. But then it came to me, the perfect choice: Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey! Despite the cover that doesn't really seem the most enticing to people, this is a truly phenomenal fantasy series that has incredible world-building, an amazing female protagonist, and endless political intrigue, plots, secrets, and so many more layers to it. With that being said, let's check out some covers!
2001 US Hardcover | 2015 Hungarian | 2007 German
2016 US (Subterranean Press) | 2012 Croatian | 2009 French
2015 US Paperback | 2013 German | 2021 French
2022 French (Mass Market) | 2013 US Special Edition (?) | 2013 Italian
I have to say that I'm rather partial to this gorgeous Subterranean Press edition because it's just so beautiful. This cover is part of a larger print that spans front and back covers (you can see the full spread here) and it's amazing. I am unbelievably fortunate to own the entire trilogy in the SubPress editions and they are probably some of the most beautiful books I own. That being said, I really like seeing how the other editions have made their own sort of spin on showcasing Phedre and the prominent marque on her back.
What cover(s) do you like the most?