The Friday Face-Off is a new meme created by Books by Proxy, where the idea is to compare the UK and US covers of a book with each week being a certain theme, this week’s theme is ‘Just then flew down a monstrous Crow’. A book cover that features a Bird.
For the theme this week I have chosen: Fool’s Quest (Fitz and the Fool Book 2) by Robin Hobb.
I don’t mind the US cover but this week I much prefer the UK one. The US cover has what I think is a decent depiction of Fitz on the front but I also feel it’s quite generic looking. If you took both the name of the book and Robin Hobb’s name off the cover it couldbe any fantasy book with a moody looking, weapon carrying protagonist on the front and yes, whilst Fitz is a moody looking, weapon carrying protagonist he’s far more than that as Hobb books are both very character and story driven. For the UK cover it’s quite simple looking but the big black bird on the silvery grey background looks eye catching not to mention the script and font used really stands out especially with the small coloured crest behind the capital ‘Q’ in quest and makes a really eye catching cover.
What do you think? Any thoughts? Have any of you read any Robin Hobb books? If any fantasy fans read this post and haven’t read Robin Hobb then prepare for Stone Cold Steve Austin’s What! And Sheldon Cooper’s haughty derision!