Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in the literary universe.

This week’s theme is:  “ The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea green boat … A cover which features boats!

There has to be tons of fantasy covers out there with boats, right?  At least, I thought so, but I couldn’t find very many in my research. So, naturally, I turned to ships.  I mean, boats and ships are the same.  Sort of.  (Okay, I know they aren’t.  I’m just trying to justify using ships here.)

Well, even looking at covers with ships, I couldn’t find many fantasy novels with lots of multiple cover versions from across the globe.  So I became worried.  Then I had an epiphany.  Why worry about quantity of covers when I should be worried about quality.  And with that in mind, the choice for this weeks pick became very easy.



dragon hunter








I love both covers.  I mean, what fantasy fan could resist a ship facing off against a dragon?  I couldn’t.  Plus this series by Marc Turner is one of the most underappreciated works in the recent past.  The books getting better and better.  And, honestly, the covers do as well.  (Go look at the RED TIDE cover.) But there can be only one, and that one is …



Which would you choose?  Why?

And, why not join in next week with your own selections.

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6 Responses to FRIDAY FACE OFF JULY 14, 2017

  1. Agree with your choice! And about Turner and about the Red Tide cover!😀

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  2. I love both covers so it would be a tie for me! I like the overall “epicness” of the UK cover, but I also like the unique perspective of the US cover.

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  3. 100% with you on the UK cover! Do you know who did it? When it first came out, nobody knew, and then when I interview Marc he actually didn’t know either.

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  4. Jim Poore says:

    I like B better but maybe that’s because I have to stare at A all the time on my shelf! This is one of the most underrated series out there. I was really hoping he would get the gemmell with having dragon hunters and red tide up for it. I generally like awards that the public can vote rather than a select group of people that are generally friends and the same kind of people (Hugo’s) . I would love for an open to the public award but you have to prove you at least read the majority of the books for nomination. Like maybe a little summary about each book or something before voting. It seems to me that maybe that would deter the people who read the new Sanderson and that all the nominees they read from voting.

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  5. Both are great covers, but I prefer the muted colours of cover b 🙂

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