Friday Face Off : “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!


(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

FFOHere 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.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

“The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!” – A cover featuring a fantasy beast

Obviously I wanted to go with Tolkien this week but decided not to because I do tend to overdo it – although is it possible to overdo Tolkien?  I don’t think so.  Anyway, this week I’ve gone with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making (Fairyland #1) by Catherynne M. Valente.  Now, most of the covers are fairly similar and just involve colour variations – but what do you think of the fantasy beast?  Anyway, here they are:

I think these are all quite nice, but I’m going to have to go for:


Which one is your favourite?

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 we can all visit and check out each others covers.  Thanks

I’ve updated the list and included themes through to the end of 2019 – I’ve also included events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share that let me know in the comments).  I also have a list prepared for 2020 and so will set up a separate page soon for forthcoming themes.  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment.

Next week – A cover featuring ‘magical things’

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


(May is the month of Wyrd and Wonder – details here, Twitter: @wyrdandwonder)

24th May – “bibbity, bobbity, boo” – A cover that features ‘magical things’

31st May –  “simples” – A favourite fantasy cover 

7th June  – “One swallow does not make a summer” – A cover that makes you think of Summer 

14th June – “Coraline opened the box of chocolates. The dog looked at them longingly.” – A cover featuring something sweet

21st June – Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year – Pagan rituals/standing stones/blazing suns – a cover with your own interpretation

28th June – “And who decided which people wore the striped pyjamas” – A cover that is striped

5th July – “The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe… has been answered” –  a cover featuring something/somebody historic 

12th July – A wrap around cover

19th July – “You can’t choose between life and death when we’re dealing with what is in between.” – A cover that is grainy or looks like ‘white noise’

26th July – “Ludo ….. down” – A cover that is Upside Down

2nd August – “There are children here somewhere. I can smell them.” A cover featuring children

9th August – “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request.” – A cover featuring Pirates

16th August – “The haft of the arrow had been feathered with one of the eagles own plumes” – a cover featuring feathers

23rd August – A cover that is a movie tie in

30th August – “I wandered lonely as a cloud” – a cover that is predominantly yellow

6th September “Warm September brings the fruit” – a cover that is seasonal for Autumn/Fall

13th September – Friday the 13th – unlucky for some!  A cover with ‘curse’ in the title

20th September – “Your hair is winter fire,January embers.” – A cover featuring hair

27th September – Freebie

4th October – “Feed me Seymour” – A cover that is 60s horror

11th October – ““And, though there should be a world of difference between the smile of a man and the bared fangs of a wolf, with Joss Merlyn they were one and the same.”  – a cover featuring an Inn

18th October – “It’s your favorite scary movie, remember? He had on the white mask, he stalked the babysitters.” – A cover featuring a scream

25th October – for Halloween – pick any scary cover you like

(I’m hoping that November will once again bring to us SciFiMonth – Twitter @SciFiMonth)

1st November – A cover that is predominantly grey

8th November – “big badda boom” – a cover that features an explosion

15th November – “No thinking thing should be another thing’s property, to be turned on and off when it is convenient.” – a cover featuring a robot

22nd November – A cover that is Futuristic

29th November – “When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.” – a cover that is 60s sci fi

6th December – Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by this sun of York”  – a cover that puts you in mind of winter

13th December – A cover that features a temple/or religious icon

20th December – Longest Night –  a dark and foreboding cover

27th December – the festive season – a cover that is glittery or sparkling

(2020 – January is Vintage SciFi month so I’ll be including possible themes to take that on board.)


25 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow!”

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  2. sjhigbee

    I really love that dragon – and yes… your favourite is definitely the best, for starters that arresting image really pops against that delicious teal. A close second it the small middle cover on the top row – I love the scrollwork which again, nicely complements the lovely dragon… Good choice, Lynn:)

  3. Tammy

    I think I like the first one best, in red. Maybe because it’s the version I’m most familiar with😊

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, that’s usually how things work for me too – but I love that blue version and it was such a surprise.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like the expression of the dragon in these covers: in all of them it’s a cross between curiosity and cunning and I can’t decide if it signals danger or not…
    And there can NEVER be too much Tolkien in this world! 😉

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  6. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I like the same one because I like the blue background. Kind of breaks up all the red. I LOVE that dragon though and think that it’s cool that he pretty much stays the same in all of them. Great choice of book this week!

    • @lynnsbooks

      The dragon is great and I’m not surprised it’s consistenly the same image – I love that blue background though.
      Lynn 😀

  7. PerfectlyTolerable

    That is a weird looking dragon, but somehow adorable too? I like the green cover best because it looks like an old fashion fairytale cover

    • @lynnsbooks

      Old fashioned fairytale is spot on and this is a series with a very whimsical feel.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Of all the color combinations, I think that one is my favorite too 🙂

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  10. Carmen

    I prefer the green Italian cover.

  11. waytoofantasy

    Really love the covers for this one, I think I would go with your pick in the end, too.

  12. Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky

    I actually own three versions of this (I really, really love the series) and the creamy orange one has to be my favourite! Though I do love the vine/flower decal on the blue one!

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s the cover I owned so I do have a soft spot but I’d not seen the blue before and it just really stood out to me – and I loved the vines/leaves.
      Lynn 😀

  13. jessicabookworm

    I agree Lynn, I don’t think it’s possible to overdo Tolkien 😛

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