Friday, December 9, 2022

The Friday Face-Off: Dark Lord


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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:
Dark Lord Lady

For this week's theme of dark lord, I've chosen a dark lady, named The Lady from Glen Cook's The Chronicles of the Black Company series. I've opted to compare some covers from the first book, The Black Company, and I was excited to see how many different editions there are to check out. 

The Black Company (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1)La compañía negra. La primera crónica: Libro ILa Compagnie noire (Les Annales de la Compagnie noire, #1)
1984 US Paperback | 2019 Spanish | 2008 French

The Black Company (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #1)A Companhia Negra (As Crônicas da Companhia Negra, #1)Czarna kompania (Czarna kompania #1)
2007 US Paperback | 2012 Portuguese | 1993 Polish

La primera crónica (La Compañía Negra, #1) )گروهان سیاهLa Compagnie noire
2001 Spanish | 2014 Persian | 1998 French

Juodoji gvardijaЧерный Отряд (The Chronicles of the Black Company, #1)Crna četa (Hronike Crne čete, #1)
1997 Lithuanian | 2008 Russian | 2005 Serbian

Черный Отряд (The Chronicle of the Black Company, #1)Černá legie (Kroniky Černé legie, #1)Чёрный Отряд
2012 Russian | 2000 Czech | 1997 Russian

My choice(s):
These are all so different and so creative. And there are a lot of Russian editions of this book, I noticed (I didn't even include them all!). I am very amused by the 2012 Russian edition, in particular, but if we're picking favorites, I'd probably have to say 2019 Spanish and 2012 Portuguese editions appeal to me the most right off the bat. However, I also find the 2005 Serbian edition really fun, and I love the red of the Persian edition. These might not all be my taste, but I really think they are all pretty fun. What do you think?


  1. I like that second one a lot. such a mix of covers for this series.

  2. Wow, quite the variety of covers! For some reason the Lithuanian cover stands out for me.