Friday Face Off : “Pretty armour doesn’t make a warrior.”


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:

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

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.

This week was more difficult than I expected simply because a couple of books that I thought of didn’t have alternative covers to compare.  I thought of actually using a montage of covers but then I came across We Ride the Storm (The Reborn Empire #1) by Devin Madson.  This is an excellent book that I highly recommend and it has two amazing covers.

This probably doesn’t look like armour as such?  I’m not sure but I think it counts.  My favourite (difficult to choose really) is :


Seriously, just scroll into this and look at the detail, it’s simply amazing.  I love the perspective and the dramatic black and red of the sky which is so eye catching and really pulls you in until you notice the warriors charging towards you, swords raised.  Stunning.

Do you have a 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 – ‘And then there were cats, thought Dog’

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.  


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?


21 Responses to “Friday Face Off : “Pretty armour doesn’t make a warrior.””

  1. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I don’t know, I’m really liking both here! Because they’re such different styles, they each bring their own strengths. I’m just gonna say it’s a tie for me 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re both really good covers without doubt. I just love the dramatic feel of the second one and it creates such a great sense of movement.
      Lynn 😀

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  3. sjhigbee

    Ooo… it’s a no-brainer. You’re right – the detail is absolutely stunning! What a great choice for this week:)).

    • @lynnsbooks

      They’re both such good covers but the latest is stunning.
      Lynn 😀

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    A gorgeous cover indeed! And it hardly looks static because there is so much *action* in that image that I can almost hear the rumble of the horses’ hoofs! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s amazing isn’t it. I do love the other one too so it’s all good.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Tammy

    These are both beautiful covers, but I think the second one is stunning! I can’t wait to read this😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      I hope you like it.I read it as a finalist for SPFBO and part of me is intrigued and wonders how it will now differ with being published.
      Lynn 😀

  6. confessionsofayareader

    I like your choice, too.

  7. justonemorepaige

    Oh I love the red and black.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s really incredibly striking and the detail is fantastic.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Barb @ Booker T's Farm

    Yep, red, black and white on covers almost always wins it for me.

  9. Greg

    Those are amazing covers! I like the one you picked out the best though.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s stunning isn’t it – I don’t think noticed the detail until I was looking at it for the FFO and then I was just stopped in my tracks.
      Lynn 😀

  10. Captain's Quarters

    Both covers make me want to read the book. Just haven’t gotten to it yet.
    x The Captain

  11. waytoofantasy

    I really love both the old cover and the new cover for this one!

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