Friday, September 15, 2023

The Friday Face-Off: Current Read #14

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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:
Current Read #14

I am finally continuing Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy (it's been... a while since I read the first book, oops) and I'm currently about 75% through the second book, Royal Assassin, which I'm enjoying immensely! Fortunately, since it's such a well-loved story, there are a wide variety of covers to explore, so let's have a look at some of them!

2014 Harper Voyager PB | 2008 Italian | 2020 Illustrated Edition

2017 Spanish | 1997 Voyager Mass Market | 2014 Polish

1997 Spectra Mass Market | 2017 German | 2017 Romanian

2020 Turkish | 2021 Italian | 2018 French

1998 Hebrew | 2008 Hungarian | 2016 Subterranean Press

1997 Polish | 1999 French | ? Spanish

My choice(s):
There's such a variety among all of these! I actually really like a lot, like the 2017 Spanish, the 1998 Hebrew, 2020 Turkish, illustrated edition... and quite a few others. These are all so creative and I always like seeing what themes different publishers choose to highlight, or what characters and overall plot elements they deem cover-worthy. I'm probably partial to the 2014 Harper Voyager paperback because I love how classic it feels and the overall style really works for me, but honestly, there's a lot of great ones (and even more I didn't even have room for here!). Which cover(s) do you like best for Royal Assassin?


  1. Wow, these are all so different! I like the simplicity of the French edition.

  2. I like this series. The Harper Voyager and the 97 Voyager version might be my faves. The Whelan cover is the one I read. Although it's not one of my faves by him. Looks like they reused it for the Spanish version I guess.

  3. Wow, lots of covers! I really love the 2020 illustrated edition and the 2020 Turkish editionšŸ˜