“I don’t need a cloak to become invisible.”


Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .   This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book, compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below. This week’s theme:

My what big teeth you have’ – a cover featuring a cloaked figure 

I don’t imagine that anybody would struggle to find a suitable book for this week’s themes (cloaks in fantasy are like sprinkles on donuts).  My book this week is Anna Smith Spark’s The Court of Broken Knives.  A very impressive first book in the Empires of Dust series:

I like both of these, the second has a sense of anarchy which is well suited to the book but my favourite is the starkness portrayed by the first:


Which is your favourite?

Next week – a cover that is retro

Future themes:

16th February – ‘Groovy baby’ – a cover that is: Retro

23rd February – “There are too many steps in this castle, and it seems to me they add a few every night, just to vex me”  – a cover featuring a staircase

2nd March – ‘The only true wisdom is to know that you know nothing’ – a cover featuring something from Greek mythology

9th March – ‘…but Icarus flew too close’ – a cover featuring the Sun

16th March – ‘I got no strings to hold me down’ – a cover featuring a doll or puppet

23rd March – “When she was a child, the witch locked her away in a tower that had neither doors nor stairs.” – a cover featuring a Tower

30th March – ‘A little soil to make it grow’ – a cover featuring seeds/spores

6th April –  “After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.” – a cover featuring a family

13th April – ‘lawns and rocks and heather and different sorts of trees, lay spread out below them, the river winding through it’ –  a cover featuring a panorama

20th April – Where there’s fire there’s… – a cover featuring smoke

27th April – ‘Those darling byegone times… with their delicious fortresses, and their dear old dungeons, and their delightful places of torture’ – a cover that is positively mediaeval 

4th May-  ‘A Hand without a hand? A bad jape, sister.’ – a cover featuring a hand/hands

11th May – ‘Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth’ – a cover featuring a dinosaur/s

18th May – ‘Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs;’ – a cover featuring a gravestone

25th May – Trip trap, trip trap, trip trap – a cover featuring footsteps

1st June – clinging and invasive – a cover featuring creeping vines

8th June – Raining Cats and Dogs – a cover featuring a stormy sky


21 Responses to ““I don’t need a cloak to become invisible.””

  1. sjhigbee

    I love both covers – but I think for me it’s the other one that edges it… The way that sword appears to being consumed by flames is a very arresting image:). Great choice, Lynn:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, the sword in flames is very eye catching indeed.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    While I have to admit to liking both covers as well. I like the first one the best too. However, I do believe they both are well done. I always seem to be drawn to black, white and red covers though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I guess with those colours they’re both simple and yet dramatic at the same time.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Greg

    I like the first one best too- something about it with the character more in the background, and like you said- it just has a nice stark feel.

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’ll go with the second one, not just because it’s the one shown on the cover when I read the book, but because the sword on the foreground is a perfect statement for the story… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      The second is the cover for my book too and I do like it so completely understand – it was difficult to choose between the two to be honest.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Carmen

    I agree completely. 🙂

  6. Wendleberry

    Neither is bad, but I think i’m with you. I love the stark whiteness and minimalism of that cover.

  7. PerfectlyTolerable

    Both are great covers but I think I like the second one better. With the pop of color

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like that ‘pop of colour’ – and yes, I like both really but there’s something about the simplicity of the first that just really appeals to me.
      Lynn 😀

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  9. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    The one of the right does has some impressive art and tricks in it, but you can’t beat the first one with the lone figure.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I do love a lone figure (they’re quite popular on SFF covers I suppose so it’s just as well I do like them).
      Lynn 😀

  10. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I like that one as well!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s beautifully simple I think – and like DJ says, I do like a lone figure.
      Lynn 😀

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  12. proxyfish

    Absolutely gorgeous covers 😀 I love them both! Though I think the one on the right might win it for me! Love the sword and the flames! And the book sounds amazing – will be adding it to my TBR!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The one on the right is certainly proving popular and I can see why – although I do love the simplicity of the first and, yes, you should add this to your stack.
      Lynn 😀

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