Friday Face-Off: God Of War

Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme originally created by Books by Proxy, and is currently hosted by Lynn’s Books.

The idea is to compare different book covers, based on a weekly changing theme.

The theme for Friday Face-Off this week is books about war, and the book I chose is War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.

First off, I have to say that the imagery in this book cover is stunning. The black charcoal image of the horse running through no man’s land, with the red poppies is an image that just pulls me in.

I quite like the cartoon illustrations on these two. The colour schemes are so different on each of them. The first is a paler colour palette, while the second is much more vivid. Just looking at these two covers, it seems like they are telling two very different stories. Which of these two book covers do you prefer?

This book cover is quite the image. The watercolour effect of the colour palette, the barbed wire in the foreground, the silhouettes of the soldiers against the yellow sky, and the horse. The horse appears to be coming out of the fire, the way that the colours are used.

I like the silhouettes of the soldiers against the horse in the background in the first picture. I don’t mind the other two, but as I have said before in past posts, I personally am not a huge fan of the book covers that are the movie version. Especially in situations like this, where the artwork on the other book covers in this post have much more variety.

The moment I saw this book cover, I knew it was going to be one of my favourites. The horse covered in red poppies against the white background is quite a powerful image.

And my absolute favourite War Horse book cover is…

What do you think of these book covers? Let me know which one is your favourite.

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