Friday Faceoff – The Hooded One


This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This week we got together in Proxy’s absence and decided to find covers featuring a hooded character – and very frustratingly, I found myself staring at Insatiable, the first book in Meg Cabot’s series I highlighted last week! After a great deal more searching, however, I came up with this offering – The Summoner – Book 1 of the Chronicles of the Necromancer series by Gail Z. Martin.



This cover was released by Solaris in April 2007 by Solaris. I really like the way that we only get half the hooded character, adding to the air of mystery. I also like the colour, which is a welcome change from all those dark, brooding covers that abound in this sub-genre.



This French publication was released by Milady in 2014, and they clearly didn’t appreciate quite so much mystery as the hooded figure is now fully revealed, albeit still off-centre.



This edition was published by Double Dragon in 2007. Not a hooded anybody in sight – but there is a real sense of menace as that doglike/demon face stares out at us over the luminescing ball of light. I really like this one – it’s certainly different as well as being beautiful.



This Czech edition was produced by FANTOM PRINT in 2007. The hooded character is replaced by a grim-looking king that reminds me of the ringwraiths from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films. I think the effect is both beautiful and menacing with the fine detail on the armour and muted colour palette. However, my favourite is the previous cover – the Double Dragon edition. Which one do you prefer?

21 responses »

    • I’m intrigued that there are two slightly different versions of the original cover available… It was one of the reasons why I decided to chose this.

  1. I think I prefer the first one (Solaris version). If I saw the book in a store with any of those covers, the Solaris one would draw my attention more than the others. I like the colors and air of mystery it has, just like you mentioned.

    • It certainly has that – the nice thing about this book is that I think all the covers are of a high standard. So it’s more about personal preference, rather than because one cover is plain bad.

  2. I like the second Solaris one – I think because the text is at the bottom and so it reveals more cover. I like your choice – isn’t that dog like character wearing a hood though? It looks like it has a cloak on to me for some reason!
    Lynn 😀

  3. Oooh! I like the Double Dragon 2007 version. So intense. My second place is the French one Milady 2014. I like that more of the hooded figure is revealed.

  4. I like #1 and #4 equally, but I definitely don’t like #2, especially the arch on the top of the page that looks so out of place. #3 is great, but not for this kind of the book. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I like the first one the most: it gives a clear feeling of what the book is about and what genre it is (and it did make me to pick up the book off the bookstore shelf years ago).
    I appreciate Double Dragon’s attempt for originality, but the cover feels too empty (especially at the bottom) and also gives more of a horror feel than the adventure fantasy The Summoner really is.
    The Czech version would be my least favorite, but I can see some slavic influences in it, which would make me think this book cover would sell the book over in Czech.

    • I’m fascinated that this particular cover selection has probably split people more thoroughly than any other of my Friday Face-offs – thank you for taking the time to comment, Joanne.

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