Friday Face Off : Silhouette


As the month of May is Wyrd and Wonder month I’m going to be trying to use fantasy covers for my Friday Face Offs.

The details of Wyrd & Wonder can be found here.


IMAGE CREDITS: Flaming phoenix by Sujono Sujono | Decorative phoenix by Tanantachai Sirival

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:

Silhouette – an island, a person, anything you like

I think this week’s topic was a little easier than last week’s thank goodness and I spotted quite a few covers for this theme but I’ve gone with the first book in a series that I’ve enjoyed very much so far: Foundryside (The Founders Trilogy #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett.  Here are the covers:

Not a lot of covers this week but the first and fourth covers both fit the theme.

My favourite:

Foundryside RD4 clean flat

I also like the fourth because of the colours but the first one is my favourite. I like the added touches around the outside of the cover, the way the character is framed and the background which is pertinent to the plot.

So, 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 – Flight – any type of flight – to flee, to fly

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.  


May is the month of Wyrd & Wonder and so I will be trying to focus on fantasy book covers:

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?

3rd July – Tentacles – ‘The sea brought you.  The sea shall have you back’

10th July – Tunnel – ‘At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.’

17th July – holding an object – just as it seems

24th July – Framed – more meaning than one.  A cover with a frame, a picture within a cover or a murder mystery set up??

31st July – White – a cover that is predominantly white

7th August – Action – a cover that depicts action of some sort

14th August – Glasses or spectacles – “One could mention many lovable traits in Smee. For instance, after killing, it was his spectacles he wiped instead of his weapon.”

21st August – Potions –  hubble bubble

28th August – Dark road – ‘the road goes ever on and on’

4th September – Cold and crisp – any cover that gives you winter vibes

11th September – A cover with a pattern

18th September – Minimalistic and lacking clutter

25th September – A very busy cover full to bursting with detail

2nd October – A standout font

9th October – Mist/fog – “A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England.”

16th October – Spider web – “Farewell, Aragog, king of the arachnids, whose long and faithful friendship those who knew you would never forget!

23th October – Ripped/torn – interpret it as you wish

30th October – Forest/jungle – ‘None of the Jungle People like being disturbed.’

6th November – Planets – “You’re on Earth. There’s no cure for that.”

13th November – Bright – ‘The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades’.

20th November – Words only – “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

27th November – Modern sci fi

4th December –  Fae – or fairy??

11th December – Lake – the mysterious lake

18th December – Highly Stylised

25th December- Freebie – or day off.



21 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Silhouette”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I like the fourth cover as well, because it’s very suggestive, but the first one remains my favorite: the fire in the background highlights Sancia’s dark figure in a very dramatic way, and to me the way she’s placed in that arch underlines her loneliness and isolation. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, there’s such a lot that you can read into that cover.
      Lynn 😀

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  3. sjhigbee

    Great choice for this week’s theme, Lynn – which was so much fun, as usual. But no… I’m LOVING the third cover – it is fabulous, with so many lovely details that turn up in the book. I wish my version was embellished by that one:)).

    • @lynnsbooks

      It does have such a lot of detail doesn’t it – I was quite fascinated by it.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    I had no idea Foundryside had so many covers! I absolutely agree with your choice. And I’m happy to see new themes for the rest of the year!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, I’m always happy to find recent, or fairly recent, reads to use for FFO.
      Lynn 😀

  5. confessionsofayareader

    I really like the first two.

  6. Carl V. Anderson

    That one is my favorite as well. It does a nice job of combining both predominant cover styles: graphic design and illustration. I also think the illustration really pops strongly against the black framing of the graphic design portion of the cover. The other three covers, while nice in their color choices, tend to blend in with a lot of other similar cover styles right now if you were to see them faced out on a bookstore shelf. While the first one has such an intense light to the central image that it would really catch your eye, even if your eye was just wandering the shelves.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, the style does make it stand out really well.
      Lynn 😀

  7. PerfectlyTolerable

    I agree I like the colors of the 4th one but the first one is my favorite too ❤

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know, I like the fourth one too because of the colours.
      Lynn 😀

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  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I really like that cover too, especially since it’s easy to miss the figure of the person unless you look closely 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, in fact it’s great if you really zoom into the figure because there are a few little details that you at first miss.
      Lynn 😀

  10. jessicabookworm

    I don’t know of this book, but I was instantly grabbed by your favourite cover choice, too! Very striking and atmospheric.🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love this author, his ideas are so great he brings a whole new level of uniqueness to fantasy.
      Lynn 😀

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  12. waytoofantasy

    I’ve always loved that cover for Foundryside, I think it’s one of the reasons I added it to my TBR!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s such a good cover and I love all the little additional details.
      Lynn 😀

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