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The purpose of this feature is to display
a beautiful book cover,
with information, if available,
about the cover illustrator,
photographer, and/or designer.
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This week, I'm showing some
cover love to:
Trade Paperback, 480 pages
(with Harlequin Books)
July 1, 2005
(first published 2004)
This is an incredibly beautiful cover! There is tremendous energy in this composition, as the swiftly sweeping lines of the woman's robe echo the flowing lines of the tree. Yet, this is gracefully controlled energy; power doesn't have to be brutal in order to be effective. This is female power, born of the earth, in tune with the forces of nature.
This illustration is full of light, and there's a floating feeling to it. The woman's head is surrounded by a nimbus of light, since she is the focal point of the magic. All the power radiates from her.
On the other side of the tree, a lone horseman has paused, apparently to gaze, mystified, at the light above the woman's head. She is unaware of him as yet, so concentrated is she on her magic.
I love the soft, pastel colors -- the various shades of green, the gentle blue of the sky...everything about this cover just drew me in when I first saw it! Of course, I bought the book right away!
I assume the lettering was also done by the artist. It beautifully complements the glowing illustration! The letters in the author's name are raised, so they really stand out.
I was able to find the artist pretty quickly, too, which pleased me immensely! Her name is Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. She works in watercolors and acrylics.
Here's some biographical information about her, from her website:
Artist's Self Portrait
Stephanie Pui-Mun Law has been painting fantastic otherworlds from early childhood, though her art career did not begin until 1998 when she graduated from a program of Computer Science. After three years of programming for a software company by day and rushing home to paint into the midnight hours, she left the world of typed logic and numbers, for painted worlds of dreams and the fae.
Her illustrations have been for various game and publishing clients, including Wizards of the Coast, HarperCollins, LUNA Books, Tachyon Books, Alderac Entertainment, and Green Ronin. She has authored and illustrated Dreamscapes (2008, North Light Books) and a followup Dreamscapes: Myth & Magic (2010, North Light Books), a series on watercolor technique for fantasy. Her work also regularly appears in Realms of Fantasy Magazine.
Ms. Pui-Mun Law has a blog, as well. You can visit her at: