Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.
The Friday Face-Off: Here be Dragons
The Adamantine Palace (The Memory of Flames #1) by Stephen Deas
Roc – US Cover
Cover art by Stephen Youll
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Gollancz – UK Cover
Cover art by Dominic Harman
The Friday Face-Off Winner is…
Roc – US Cover; Cover Art by Stephen Youll
I do like the UK Cover. The mostly green background, with gold detailed border – how they are both fading gives me a calming feeling, and with that font choice, the word “beautiful” comes to mind. Even the lone dragon, very small, with a soft blue color, adds to the relaxing feeling I get when I look it.
The US Cover on the other end… almost the exact opposite. First, it terms of straight artstyle, I am fan of the US. Second, just look at what is there! It’s some type of ninja/samurai/warrior, riding on top of a golden armored dragon!!! How can you not want to pick up that book and read the story is?!
Which cover do you think is the best?