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Friday Face-Off 17th June.


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 a cover which features a Fool or Jester.

For the theme this week I have chosen: Fool’s Errand (Tawny Man Book 1) by Robin Hobb.

I know, I know, you may well say that I have taken the easy option this week and while technically true I am a huge Robin Hobb fan so for me there is only one quintessential Fool in fantasy, be it Fool, Amber or Lord Golden! And also in my humble opinion this book contains one of the best passages ever written in fantasy, such a heartbreaking, sad, emotional and poignant moment but Hobb writes it beautifully.

For the Face-Off this week I am going to give you a choice of 6 different covers, labelling them A through to F.

Cover A:


Cover B:


Cover C:


Cover D:


Cover E:


Cover F:



The Winner: Cover C:


Quite a variety of artistic styles this week for the various covers but I’m going with Cover C as I think it looks really smart and awesome looking, great in-depth analysis there I know but I just really like the aesthetics/look of these types of cover and it gets bonus points for having Nighteyes on to! And hey, it’s Robin Hobb, the book could have a blank cover or even no cover and the writing and story inside would still be top quality! 🙂

Thoughts?? Agree?? Disagree??

For anyone that wants to join in, the theme for next week’s Friday Face-Off is a cover which features Weapons.

29 thoughts on “Friday Face-Off 17th June.

  1. Wow! You really have given us a great choice here, Drew:). Yes – I’d agree with you – but Cover F also caught my attention. It’s the first time I’ve seen anyone have a serious go at drawing Fool (I think we can discount the sad, squalling-baby depiction that defaces Cover B) and I think they’ve done a great job. I love the expression on the face. Great job on today’s face-off – it was something of a challenge, wasn’t it?

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    1. I didn’t think it was a challenge this week, there’s been harder for me, when I read Jester or Fool I immediately thought Robin Hobb’s fool as I’m a huge Hobb fan. 😊 Weapons next week, there should be thousands of fantasy covers with weapons on them but I bet it’ll be a struggle finding and picking one. 😊

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  2. I agree. My favs were F, C, B. I just started reading Robin Hobb’s books, I’m just completed the first Farseer book, and I’m enjoying it. I couldn’t think of a fool for this one so I used a clown.

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  3. I pick B though , that kinda makes me want to go “Woah! what’s going on here” and also looks cool . Also that looks like the only cover with a Jester in it

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      1. Sadly, the covers are the only appealing thing about those books. 😂 And I liked the Twilight covers and hated the books. I like simple covers. But when I see one that really stands out, I usually end up buying the book. 🙈

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      2. Alas the problem with covers is that while the cover maybe awesome, what’s inside may not. Any Hobb book is quality even if it didn’t have a cover. But take Justin Bieber for example, you could just peruse the covers, see one with skulls, Dragon’s, Gore and general awesomeness yet when you looked inside/listened it’d still be the same annoying twerp! 😂 Yuk, Twilight, Yuk! 🙌


      1. Its identical, definitely the same piece, just someone played with the color a bit for this one. Guess there are some strange things that allowed the German (?) publisher to use the art for it. Or they just didn’t care and grabbed it? Who knows! The cover makes absolutely no sense for Fool’s Errand though, its really rather strange.

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  4. Robin Hobbs is brilliant. Her books were the first that sprung to mind for me this week too but then I remembered Moores and decided to go with that one. Cover C for me this week.
    Lynn 😀

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