Friday, August 19, 2022

The Friday Face-Off: Scantily Clad

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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:

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!

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)Kushiel dárdája (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)Kushiel. Das Zeichen (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
2001 US Hardcover | 2015 Hungarian | 2007 German

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)Kushielova strijelaLa Marque (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
2016 US (Subterranean Press) | 2012 Croatian | 2009 French

Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)Kushiel: Das ZeichenLa Marque (Kushiel, #1)
2015 US Paperback | 2013 German | 2021 French

La Marque (Kushiel, #1)Kushiel's DartIl dardo e la rosa (L'Eredità di Kushiel: Trilogia di Phèdre #1)
2022 French (Mass Market) | 2013 US Special Edition (?) | 2013 Italian

My choice(s):
Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy, #1)
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?


  1. I like the one you picked, and the Hungarian and German editions are also really pretty!

  2. Some great covers! I like that Subterranean edition as well, and the 2013 US special edition also. The french one though is kinda neat too.

  3. I thought about this book too, although I ended up using something else. I don't think I've ever seen the Sub Press edition, wow it's gorgeous!