The Many Faces of Code Name Verity


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Code Name Verity was originally published in the UK in 2012. Maureen of By Singing Light did a post about the various covers in March of 2013, but there have been more since then, so here goes!

Original UK Cover, February 2012 – This one is basically impossible to find, and it has the same ISBN as the later UK editions, which doesn’t help. This is the correctly dated edition on, but the second cover is pictured, so if you’re looking for this particular cover, order at your own risk. 😉

(The same art is on the audiobook narrated by Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell, which you need to listen to IMMEDIATELY if you havenae yet.)

UK cover #2, dubbed the Chicken Wire Cover by my friend. This is the UK edition I have. I NEEDED a UK edition so that I’d have a printed copy that matches the audiobook. (Stay tuned for a rant on the differences between the US/UK editions at a future time.)

UK cover, February 2015 – Revamped chicken wire cover to match the UK Black Dove, White Raven. I like the torn paper effect of the original Chicken Wire Cover better than this one, although I really don’t love the Chicken Wire Cover period.

US cover, May 2012 – It was this cover that sold me on the book. I fell in love with the cover and kind of resisted for a long time, but eventually I gave in. Sometimes referred to in jest as the Bondage Porn Cover, but seriously people, this is SUCH A POWERFUL DESIGN. Or maybe I just have a thing for hands. But this has always been my very favourite cover and always will be.

US paperback, May 2013 – I LOVE THIS COVER TOO. It has a moody beauty, with a somewhat ominous blend of threatening clouds and sunshine.

Canadian hardback, May 2012 – The Bondage Porn Cover with slightly different design. It’s pretty but somehow doesn’t pack the same punch of the US hardback in my opinion.

Canadian paperback, May 2013

French Kindle edition – I wish this cover was on the paperback, because *HEARTEYES*

French paperback edition, August 2014 – A variant on the English Chicken Wire Cover, without the chicken wire, and with not very much English.


Italian cover, June 2014 – The Italians also show good taste, in using my second-favourite cover.

There are two Dutch covers. This one was the first one, and apparently it’s


This is the Dutch paperback. I have a copy, and it is SUCH fun to look through, even though I Cannot Read Dutch. Also, it’s kind of about time Maddie was on the cover, because the story is REALLY ALL ABOUT HER.

Swedish Cover! I’m guessing the one in furs is supposed to be Julie. I don’t picture Maddie looking as glamourous as either of these girls, but all the same, yay for another cover with Maddie on!

Czech edition! I’m choosing to believe this is also Maddie. That would bring Covers Featuring Maddie to 3, out of 13ish covers.

In Chinese! I have no idea how to link you to acquire this one, sorry. If you have a source, let me know!

I also have no idea how to link you to the Hebrew version. I couldn’t find any photos of the cover, either, except for this image I shamelessly yoinked from Twitter.