Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!
This weekly feature
showcases beautiful book covers,
and provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!
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Here's my choice for this week!
(Tales of Goldstone Wood)
Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Bethany House Publishers
March 4, 2014
Christian Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
Why do I love this cover?
This is a lusciously beautiful image! The setting is idyllic, and there's an obvious Tolkien influence in this lovely scene, although there are neither elves nor hobbits here. Still, the atmosphere of Middle-Earth is present, or perhaps it's just that this is so obviously a fantasy land, where strange, magical perils lurk behind every tree and bush....
The young woman's dress is faery-like, diaphanous, and she herself is mysterious. She gazes back at the viewer warily, almost as if daring that viewer to cross over into that magical land....
Her flaming red hair, which is touched by the early morning sun, flows down her back. I'm surprised that she wears no crown, for she has a regal air about her.
A bluebird hovers near her head, making me wonder whether it's bringing her a message, or whether it's an enchanted bird that will momentarily turn into her prince, or perhaps a villain.
Every aspect of this scene is meticulously painted, also reminding me of the work of some Old Masters. The realism is breathtaking, without losing that magical quality.
The font chosen for the title and author's name is nice, but I would have wished something a bit more ornate, in keeping with the fantasy theme. On the other hand, maybe that would have distracted the viewer from this stunning image.
This wonderful cover is the work of the very talented illustrator, William Graf, a very versatile freelance artist/digital photographer who is skillful in several categories. He has worked for Bethany House Publishers, Harlequin, and Empire Scientific. Although I wasn't able to find much information about him, I did discover a link for his portfolio.
What do you think of my
choice this week?
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