Friday Face Off : ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’

Posted On 11 January 2019

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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 – the list has been updated to help out those of you who like to plan ahead – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme. This week’s theme:

‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’ – A cover that depicts a novel set in the Tudor period

I couldn’t find too many books on my shelves that fitted the theme, well, I could have picked a purely historical novel but I was trying to find something with fantasy elements and so chose Midnight Never Come (The Onyx Court #1) by Marie Brennan:

The covers:

The first cover looks quite sinister to me and more like a vampire type novel than one in which a fae underworld exists.  I’m not absolutely in love with any of the covers this week although the one I’ve chosen is good in terms of being a bit more representative of the story.

My favourite this week is:


Like last week I’ve added a Mr Linky here so that you can leave a link if you wish or please leave me a link in the comments so I can visit and check out your covers.  Thanks

Next week – A cover featuring an Amulet 

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ of one of your favourite covers)


18th January – A cover featuring an Amulet – either in the cover or title

25th January – ‘Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.’ – A cover featuring a monk/priest/person of the cloth

1st February – A comedy cover

8th February – ‘Hi little cub. Oh no, don’t be ssscared.’ – A cover with snakes

15th February – A heart – for Valentine’s day past

22nd February – “Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.” – A cover with abandoned building/s

1st March – ‘who will buy this wonderful morning’ – A cover featuring a shop or market

8th March – ‘Two little fishes and a momma fishy too’ – A cover featuring a fish/fishes or other sea creatures

15th March – ‘Beware the moon, lads.’ – A cover with a shapeshifter

22nd March – ‘A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse’ – A cover featuring a king

29th March – “I thought unicorns were more . . . Fluffy.”  – A cover featuring a unicorn

5th April – ‘nomad is an island’ – A cover featuring a desert landscape

12th April – ‘Odin, Odin, send the wind to turn the tide – A cover featuring a longboat

19th April – ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times – A cover featuring a school


17 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king’”

  1. waytoofantasy

    Oh wow, never heard of this book but.looks like something I would like. Love the cover you went with too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – it was quite a good read so I’m not sure why I didn’t continue with the series but it was the first book I thought of this week.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    For me, it’s a close tie between the first and the fourth but I would have to give the edge to the one you chose as well. I am familiar with this author but not this title. Hmmmm…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I remember quite liking this book and yet I never searched out more in the series – which is odd.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    I LOVE the one you picked. You do need the larger version to see all the cool details, though. Great choice!

  4. PerfectlyTolerable

    I like the first cover best! Tho after reading your explanation, that makes sense on why you didn’t pick it

    • @lynnsbooks

      I don’t know if it’s just me but that cover practically screams vampire – don’t ask me why.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Carmen

    It is a dazzling cover. I also liked the one with the clock.

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Good choice! That and the third cover are IMHO the best, while the second one truly gives me the creeps!!! 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I was only vaguely aware of this book, I had no idea it had Tudor vibes. That’s my favorite cover too!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Apparently the rest of the series was good – I should go and check it out.
      Lynn 😀

  8. mervih

    I love this series. But I must agree that the last represents the book better than the others.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I haven’t read the rest of the series but I’ll have to go and check it out – thanks.
      Lynn 😀

  9. sjhigbee

    I love your choice and it’s lovely book, though I far prefer the brilliant sequel ‘In Ashes Lie’ but represents the Tudor period brilliantly:)

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, cool, I didn’t read further but perhaps I should
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        In Ashes Lie tackles the fire of London and her take on it is brilliantly clever.

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