Saturday, September 14, 2013

Shelf Candy Saturday #84: Blue Fire, by Janice Hardy

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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about Shelf Candy Saturday,
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This week, I am again featuring
two different covers for
the same book!

Blue Fire
(The Healing Wars #2)
Hardcover, 384 pages
Balzer + Bray
(An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
October 5, 2010
Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction

Why do I love this cover?

While searching for great covers on Goodreads earlier today, I came across this one, and was absolutely blown away by it!   It's just absolutely stunning.

First of all, those lovely blue flames are enchanting and mesmerizing.   I love the way they gracefully frame the starkly classical font used for the title.   They almost seem to move, as they dance upward from the mysterious-looking blue crystal cradled in the realistically rendered hands.

The contrast between the blue flames and the orange-red background is what makes this cover such a stunning one.  Light orange sparks fly around the bottom, while at the top,  an orange-tinged full moon presides over the faraway city horizon.

This image is bold, capturing the eye at once.  Although the flames are a complex maze of detail -- with hints of strange, magical markings toward the top -- the overall impression is of one unified image, which packs a lot of visual appeal.

This dynamic cover was created by the very talented Brandon Dorman, an illustrator of children's and young adult books.   In 2005, he graduated with a BFA from Brigham Young University - Idaho, and has created many illustrations for books and magazines since then.  He has also written and illustrated two children's books -- Pirates of the Sea, and Santa's Stowaway

Brandon Dorman Online


Why do I love this cover?

This is the cover of the UK paperback edition, which can be purchased by clicking on the Amazon UK link above.   I love this version because of all the blue!  I also think that the white-hot hands are very effective.  The font is great, too -- it looks like sky writing.   Although this cover lacks the poetic, highly aesthetic feeling of the first one, it is indeed a striking one, and it does make it obvious that this is a young adult novel. 

I must confess that I have never liked covers displaying tiered images.  I think it takes away from the impact of the cover.   Its use on this particular cover does convey a sense of mystery, however; it is enhanced by the group warriors in shadow, lined up along the bottom of the cover.   Therefore, I think the tiered images do work here.  The fact that the girl's face is also in shadow, and her hair is all straggly, adds to the mystery.

I have been unable to find out who the creator of this second cover is.  I did attempt to do so by looking through the online Amazon reader, but unfortunately, the artist is not credited.  Perhaps I'll know if I ever buy the book.

I think I might very well end up getting both the hardcover and trade paperback editions, since I do love them both!  Oh, what an obsessed bibliophile I

What do you think of my choices?
Leave me a comment
and let me know!


  1. Very nice covers.

    i like the second UK paper back cover a little better. The hardcover is indeed striking in the color contrasts but maybe a bit too much so. The UK paperback cover seems more balanced.

    1. Hey, Brian!

      Interesting.....I like the hardcover a little better! But I do like the UK edition. Just look at all that blue!!!

      You know, now that you mention it, perhaps the hardcover would work better if the background were a darker shade of the blue. I'm trying to visualize it.

      Knowing me, I'll probably end up getting them both, anyway!

      Thanks for another great comment!! : )

  2. I like the second cover better. it relates better to the title.


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