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Comparing Covers #40: The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Welcome to Comparing Covers where I showcase a book title that has multiple covers; from first editions, re-releases, and international releases.


The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden was the final book in the Winternight Trilogy and I’m still thinking about it. Although the story is what makes the series good, the covers also shine. It’s a rare occasion where I like all of the editions of a book, even though there are not that many.



Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.


Let me know which one you prefer!

US Edition

the winter of the witch

US Edition



International Editions

winter of the witch UK edition

UK Edition

winter of the witch serbian edition

Serbian Edition
















If I really had to pick one, I’d go with the Serbian edition.



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Which cover of Winter of the Witch did you vote for and why?




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Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

I think I like all three! I like the nod to folk-art in the Serbian cover; the eyes in the trees (UK cover) are creepily intriguing; and I think the US cover is the prettiest by a smidgen, plus the colors make it seem more dawn-like and therefor hopeful, which is something I look for in the third book of a trilogy.

Angie Elle

It looks like I’m in the minority – I like the US Edition the best. The others just look too busy for me.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

For the first time, I think I actually like all three covers! They’re all so pretty. But I think the UK cover is my favorite.

Mary Kirkland

I like the UK version. It’s darker yet more interesting somehow.


The Serbian one looks like it has an actual orb coming out of the front of the cover! It is really cool 😀

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