Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday: The Seven Kingdoms Series

Tuesday has come and another great battle awaits on the horizon... well not really, just below these words.

Today we have:
The Seven Kingdoms 
in honor of the upcoming release of
(May 1, 2011)

In our first round we have:
Published October 1, 2008 by Harcourt Children's Books / Hardcover/ 271 pages
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Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.     When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.      With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more

So on the right, we have the UK cover and on the left we have the U.S cover. Both in my account have beautiful Tittle fonts, and great color. However, the UK wins this one. I mean, do I really have to explain how awesome and kick ass Katsa looks on the cover. I like the stormy clouds it gives the cover a mystery and thrilling sensation. Yet, I don't like the snow edges, they just look out of place, like they don't belong there.
Now don't get me wrong about the U.S. version, it has it's appealing aspects, I like the background and the drawings around the edges. But the whole eye in the sword things seems too sci-fi for me. UK you win this one.

In our second round we have:

Published: October 5, 2009 by Dial/ Hardcover/ 480 pages
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It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she has the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City. The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.

Again, we have the UK cover  on the right and the U.S. one on the left, and again, UK wins again. I mean look at the beautiful background and beautiful dress. The hair is amazing the title is amazing, everything just says kick ass book, while the U.S one just looks to sci-fi looking. when combining pictures, and adding parts of the body to a background never looks good, is either you have a solid figure or a distortion of things, and distortion of things never look good. I like the art of the borders and all but no. UK you win again. 

In our third and final round we have
Publishing date: May 1, 2012 by Dial/ Hardcover/ 576 pages
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Eight years after Graceling Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. but the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck's reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. but when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle--disguised and alone--to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck's reign. and one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn't yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Now, believe it or not. I love the U.S one better, the UK this time made it seem to posy too guy looking girl. The most powerful things about a woman worrior is her sexy looks and of course her kicking ass skills but this one seems too guy looking if you know what I mean, plus her posture. There's something wrong about her posture, like to stiff and straight or something, and I don't like it. 

So enough said, I like the U.S. version because for the first time, they didn't add just part of a human body to the cover, they actually made a whole size faded background of a face. I like that! and like I said adding just a part of the body to a picture doesn't look right, it has to be everything. I like the keys. They look amazing, and hello the art on the edges of the books are fantastic. U.S. you take this one home. 

Now, do you think I was right? 
If not let me know, I will like to know what you guys think too.

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