I came across this Face Off idea a couple weeks ago when I was putting together my TBR Tuesday for Ruby Red. It worries me to note that a lot of the covers we've been having on FFO lately are books who's cover style has changed mid-series - and today is no different. Here we have the cover for book 1, Ruby Red, and the as-yet-unreleased book 2, Sapphire Blue, of Kerstin Gier's worldwide best-selling series. Now, this series - having been translated into a bajillion languages - has a lot of really cool covers under its belt (and I think next week we'll face-off a few of them), but the 2 below are for the US, and are...different. And I don't know why, maybe there's some arc significance, but the first book was so effing pretty, and unique!, that I don't know why they'd want to change the design to something that is (yes, very pretty, but) more pedestrian. I cringe saying that, because it is a very beautiful cover. But there's no denying that it's also a pretty common one, nowadays.
So what do you guys think? Are you more drawn to Ruby or Sapphire? Do you see Sapphire as a progression of the cover story in some way, or is it too different? And of course,
Which one did it better?
Last Week on FFO: Robin Wasserman's upcoming The Book of Blood and Shadow went US cover to UK cover, with the UK cover executing a clean sweep.