Friday Face Off : ‘That which yields, is not always weak”


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 (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – 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:

Exotic – ‘That which yields, is not always weak”– anything that represents something from distant lands.

A lot of the new themes are open to interpretation which might make choosing the covers and seeing other’s choices very interesting.  I can’t stress enough that this is all about your own interpretation and hopefully this new open feel to the meme will bring a larger selection of books and covers.  It’s not supposed to be hard work, there are no rules, just enjoy yourself.

I’m not sure what I had in mind for this week’s theme but sitting here and thinking about it ‘exotic’ means something from a far or distant land therefore, strictly speaking, where I come from, the North of the UK is exotic to somebody from the other side of the world (funny but you never think of your own place as being exotic)? And, therefore, given that I predominantly read fantasy books – all the locations are exotic!  But, that being said, and because I’m a northern lass, I tend to think of somewhere exotic as being somewhere warm – probably because I’d like a bit of that lovely sunshine.  So, this week I’ve gone for The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty and I’m highlighting two complete sets:


At first I was convinced that the topset was my favourite.  I love the way the covers are framed by that, is it a door or a window?  I’m not sure, but I love the idea and the notion of it opening into a world that’s completely unique and one that I’m eager to explore.

But, seeing the second set all together like this, the colours are so vibrant – I would definitely be drawn to this set of covers.  The fantastic details and the consistency.

Basically, I’m torn, but having given it a lot of thought I’m going with the first set.  And this is based purely on the fact that the colours feel to me to be in the right order.  I know, that probably sounds really odd but it makes sense to me.  I feel like the middle cover of the second set should be green and I’m basing that on very little – other than copper usually becomes green with age – it’s a strange line of reasoning but there it is and I can’t get my head around it.

Which is your favourite?

I’ll be updating the list in order to include forthcoming 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 then let me know in the comments).  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment – or if you’d like to host a week then simply let me know 😀

Next week –  Brown

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers) (I’ve added some new themes – some of these are slightly different, in order to avoid too much repetition I’m trying to make the themes more of a suggestion that everyone can interpret how they like.  


20th March – Brown – a cover or covers that are brown

27th March – Freebie – choose one of your favourite covers

3rd April Fools – a trick of the eye – a cover that is more than meets the eye.

10th April – Moody – a cover that is atmospheric,

17th April – out of focus – double vision or all a blur

24th April – Armour – ‘“Pretty armour doesn’t make a warrior.”

1st May – Canine – “And then there were cats, thought Dog.:

8th May – graphic novel cover – “Love belongs to Desire, and Desire is always cruel”

15th May – pink – as pink as cotton candy – any cover that is pink

22nd May – Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

29th May – Silhouette – an island, a person, anything you like

5th June – Flight – any type of flight – to flee, to fly

12th June – The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

19th June – Time – time waits for no one

26th June – Windows – windows to the soul?


11 Responses to “Friday Face Off : ‘That which yields, is not always weak””

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    We’re on the same page this week, except I only used the first book. I think I prefer the US covers just a tad more!

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    These are all amazing covers and it would be difficult to choose, although I must admit that the second set stands out because of the strong dash of color in the center…

  3. Jules_Writes

    I LOVE all the covers but I do think the UK ones are my favourite. I have the first 2 books and I really need to read them!

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  5. Scarlett Readz and Runz

    I am torn on this on we as well. I have the red edition but something about that blue! 😍

  6. boxermommyreads

    Both sets are pretty but I like the top set just slightly better.

  7. Tammy

    I really love the second set, I can’t look away from the bright colors. Great choice, Lynn!

  8. confessionsofayareader

    I love all these covers. I think I like the second book better in the US cover. The others are all close for me.

  9. sjhigbee

    I love the US covers, though I still think the UK covers are also excellent. The author is really lucky to have such great quality covers. But those bursts of colourful light have me every time. Though, like you, I think the Kingdom of Copper should be green, rather than blue – it’s the only one of the series I have read so far and I really enjoyed it:)

  10. waytoofantasy

    Hey, I recognize that quote 😉
    I LOVE all the covers for this series, both the UK and the US, it’s really hard to pick here.

  11. PerfectlyTolerable

    Oooh I love all the covers! Great Choice 😀 If I had to pick I think I like the second set a little bit better because, like you said the colors are just so vibrant! Though I think the middle cover looks a bit like an alien ufo thing, that it ruins that cover for me. (I haven’t read them but I’m guessing its not supposed to be a ufo?)

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