Friday Face Off : Friends, Bloggers, Readers, lend me your eyes


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:

A Roman style cover or a cover with a God or Gods or simply a book about war

So this week I’ve gone for a series.  I read the first book and loved it and would like to complete the series at some point –  I’m  waiting to see if it becomes available electronically which isn’t currently the case (last time I checked at least).  The Shards of Heaven series by Michael Livingston.  Here are the covers:

Well, they’re all quite similar but I think my favourite is:


I’ve updated the list now to include themes for next year.  If you know of an event that’s coming up let me know and I’ll try and include covers that work for the event itself so that you can link up to the Friday Face Off and, 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.  Also, I would just mention that it’s very possible that some of these might be repeats from previous FFOs although I have tried to invent more ‘open ended’ prompt that can be interpreted differently and also prompts that relate to emotions.  Finally, don’t struggle with any of these, this is meant to be a fun way of highlighting books.  If you can’t come up with a book you think fits for a particular week use a freebie – perhaps a recent read for example:

Next week – Middle Grade – choose whatever pleases you



12th – Middle Grade – choose whatever pleases you

19th – Ruin or derelict, old and worn, could be the book itself, a building, a place

26th – A picture within a picture


2nd – A train or tram – travelling down the track, could be old style, futuristic, overhead, down below.

9th – Cartoonish or graphic

16th – I have to have it – a cover that gave you ‘grabby hands’

23rd – Your current read (if it has covers to compare) or any recent read

30th– A series that you love – highlight all the books in the series


Month of Wyrd and Wonder

7th – A Series where the cover changed midway through – which style do you prefer most

14th – The earliest fantasy you recall reading – or the first fantasy book you really loved, maybe the book that kickstarted your love of fantasy

21st – The Top Hat

28th – The Hood


4th – The nose boop – any animal, or human, with a close up shot.

11th – A cover that annoyed you and why

18th – Out of Perspective, or make you feel a bit dizzy

25th – Upside down, back to front or topsy turvy


2nd – A book with a landscape you’d like to visit

9th – A Wicked Grin

16th – Books with ‘book’ in the title

23rd – A Black Hole – could be in the universe or going deep into the ground

30th – Chaos – maybe too much going on in this one


6th – “They cluck their thick tongues, and shake their heads and suggest, os so very delicately!” – The Motel

13th – A favourite holiday read

20th – Dressed to kill (could be literally someone dressed to kill, or someone dressed up for a big night out

27th – Sunbathing or on the beach

September (RIP event)

3rd – 1920s feel, noir detective

10th – I’m Henry the Eighth I am – let’s look at Kings or other Emperors/rulers

17th – Books with ‘Murder’ in the title

24th – A favourite thriller


1st – A Halloween read

8th – Chills – anything at all that almost makes you too scared to pick up the book (your own pet hate)

15th – Your favourite book of magic

22nd – Books with ‘Queen’ in the title

29th – Must be gothic

November – Sci Fi Month

5th – Your earliest sci-fi read or the first sci-fi you reviewed

12th – A book with ‘star’ in the title

19th – Futuristic vista

26th – A Black Hole – in the universe or going deep into the ground


3rd – Windswept, the classic figure, stood majestically, with wind blowing out in a fetching way

10th – A fairytale retold

17th – Winter Solstice approaching – anything cold and seasonal

24th – All things fire – red hair, red covers, fire breathing dragons, simply fire?

31st – What’s your catnip – if it’s on a cover you have to pick it up


17 Responses to “Friday Face Off : Friends, Bloggers, Readers, lend me your eyes”

  1. Louise

    I spent so long trying to look at the differences between covers it took me a while to realise they all had different titles! Hard to choose because they are basically the same but I think I would go with the same as you.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, they’re all very similar but I like that in a series – although it is also good to be able to tell them apart, lol,
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    These are all amazing covers, but I like the one for The Realms of God even more than the other two 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I love these and it makes choosing a favourite difficult but Realms of God stood out for me.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    These covers are perfect for the theme! I love the last one best😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I was going to go with one book but there wasn’t a variety of covers and the three all look so good together.
      Lynn 😀

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  5. sjhigbee

    What an interesting-looking series – and how very annoying it isn’t available as ebooks in this day and age! I’m going for the middle one – The Gates of Hell. I like the fact that there are blood spatters on the toga and it’s featuring a black main character, which is always great to see on the cover. There seems to be a gritty story going on here…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really enjoyed the first book and would love to continue but alas, not possible at the moment.
      lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Oh, I know that feeling! These days, we have to be careful which series we decide to follow, don’t we?

  6. confessionsofayareader

    I like all three of these covers. 🙂

  7. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Hi there Lynn! I love the roman empire and I’ve actually read so little books on it. This series does look excellent and the covers are awesome.

    I didn’t get to Friday Face-Off, it’s crazy busy on my side. But I will try next week or the week after.

    Take care of yourself!

    Elza Reads

    • @lynnsbooks

      No worries, life takes over and has it’s own plans sometimes. You take care.
      Lynn 😀

  8. waytoofantasy

    I’d never heard of this series but I’ll admit the covers have me interested.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really liked the first and would love to continue. Hopefully kindle or audio might come available eventually.
      Lynn 😀

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