Better a witty fool than a foolish wit..

The Friday Face Off (FFO)

Today is the start of a weekly meme being hosted by Books by Proxy called The Friday Face Off.  I confess that I’m a bit of a book cover tart.  Lets face it – the cover is what first attracts your eye after all.  The rules are fairly simple and can be found here.  Each week, following a predetermined theme choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.  Simples.  This week the theme is:

~ A Freebie! ~

This week I’ve chosen the Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence and here are the covers for the UK/US versions:

UK: Harper Voyager.  US: Ace.

I like both of these covers.  I enjoy the red of the UK and the very stylised queen in the background.  I like the font style and colour but, my favourite is the US version in this instance.



12 Responses to “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit..”

  1. proxyfish

    Great choice! Reminds me I need to finish the Broken Empire too!

    I love the UK cover – especially because the cloak of the red queen looks like flowing blood! But that US cover is really atmospheric – love the backdrop in particular. I can’t quite choose a favourite though so I’m calling it a draw!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – a draw! I never even considered calling a draw. I do like both covers for this but I think on balance I would probably buy the US books for my shelves – although it’s too late for that now.
      Lynn 😀

      • proxyfish

        Hehe I always think that! Maybe one day I will have a fabulous library to fit all the books in! At the mo the floor will have to do… 😛

      • @lynnsbooks

        Yeah, that would be something! E-books have definitely slowed down the growing of the stacks!
        Lynn 😀

      • proxyfish

        Mine too… except if I REALLY like it I end up buying a ‘real’ edition anyway 😛

  2. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    To be honest, I’m not a fan of the UK covers for this series at all. There isn’t really anything going on; I just see plain read; nothing pops out to me. In my opinion, US cover blows this one out of the water.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Nice – yeah, US for me all the way. I do like the UK ones – but I would prefer the US covers on my shelf.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    LOL, “book cover tart”. I’m a fan of the US cover too, though I am a little mystified why they went with another style (another artist?) for this one in particular. Jason Chan did the Broken Empire trilogy as well as the UK version of the cover above, but for the US cover they clearly decided to go with the photo realistic look. Then with the Liar’s Key, they switched back again to Jason Chan! Now my books don’t match! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – I don’t know why they changed! I hate my books not matching. That happened with the Charlaine Harris series I bought and also the City of Bones books by Cassandra Claire – annoying!
      Lynn 😀

  4. jessicabookworm

    They’re both really intriguing covers – I think I am most drawn to the striking red of the UK cover though 🙂

  5. Redhead

    I like the UK cover. I’m a sucker for symmetrical-esque graphic art.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think there’s a lot of the UK cover that doesn’t at first meet the eye, even down to the fact that the guy on the front his holding a mask in his hand. And, in fact, it’s only when you really focus at the background that you realise it’s the Queen. I do like the US version for this one though – and I like the set of them together (although I think the front should have been a bit darker).
      Lynn 😀

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