Monday, 26 March 2012

The Cover Wars: Mistress of Rome

Tara of Basically Books and I decided to get together to do a weekly meme where we would compare covers of the UK editions of books with those of the US editions.

The aim of this is to just have a bit of fun. We put ourselves in the position where we see both of these books side by side in the bookstore. Which would we choose? Why that one and not the other?

This week our cover is one that I've been harping on about for a couple of years now. Look how gorgeous the UK version is! Ok, well, now you already know which side I'm going to be picking!

US cover                                                                    UK cover

Rea says: If you have not seen the UK cover face to face, you should do. It is even more beautiful when you see the real thing. I could gush about Kate Quinn’s UK covers all day. They’re all so gorgeous! She’s dropped really lucky with her cover artist there. The US cover pales in comparison. It’s pretty in its own way, but it just can’t hold a light to the UK cover. Obviously, I’m going with UK.

Tara says: The US version looks very old fashioned and boring. It looks like a classic of some sort, though I know it’s not. The UK version is amazing! It looks more modern. That knife/dagger in the cover art just makes me want to know more about the book. There's less going on in the background of the cover and I just feel it’s much better. I'm going with the UK version.


Week 10:     US: 2     UK: 5     Draw: 2

Do you want to join in too? Here’s how:
Step 1: Copy and paste the Cover Wars image.
Step 2: Copy and paste our intro or write your own but it must link back to both of our blogs.
Step 3: Copy and paste the US and UK cover images.
Step 4: Compare the two.
Step 5: Either use our score or keep your own score.
Step 6: Post it and share it!
Thanks and have fun!


  1. I love the UK cover so much more. What a great idea! The world is getting smaller and smaller and this comparison proves it.

  2. I'm also a big fan of the UK cover! The covers are supposed to appeal to the audience that they're being marketed to. Sometimes the changes are very minimal. I ought to find one of those for a future week!


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