Sunday, April 9, 2017

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 208: A Threat of Shadows, by J.A. Andrews

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

*Late Edition*
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

A Threat of Shadows 
(The Keeper Chronicles, Book 1)
J.A. Andrews 
Hardcover, 450  pages
J.A. Andrews
June 30, 2016

My Thoughts About This Cover

This cover resembles one of those old-fashioned journals that used to be produced many years ago. I think some of these diaries even date back to the 19th century.

This is a truly beautiful cover, with bold, classical font lettering and an equally bold design. 

Those bands that cross the image in the middle, and line its edges, look very much like REAL stitched leather. They add a rustic appeal to the image, too.

The scroll designs at the four corners add a note of elegance, while providing a very symmetrical, framing element to the overall composition. They also have a distinctly Oriental flavor.

In the middle of the cover, surrounded by a protective circle with a border edged in small pyramids, sits a GORGEOUS, rather unusual crystal. It glows with a pulsing (a skillful illusion of the cover's creator), hot pink light. It just mesmerizes me as I stare at it! This hot pink light even reaches out beyond the confines of the circle to the upper sections of the cover.

This crystal, which is a very powerful visual image, is, I'm sure, exactly what the plot of this novel revolves around. Therefore, it's more than fitting that it should be the center of this breathtakingly beautiful cover! Of course, I have no idea what it might represent. On the other hand, I wonder if this is a powerful, magical crystal that both the good and bad guys in the novel will strive to possess, as it will probably be the key to who gets to rule the universe, or the kingdom, or whatever realm is included in the story. Whatever the deal is, I sure would love to know, just as soon as possible!

The background color of this cover is another visual delight! It's a very rich, subtly shaded burgundy with flashes of hot pink. It reminds me of very luxurious velvet. I don't usually rave over any other color but blue, but this background is just too LUSCIOUS for me not to comment on it! Besides, I do love these rich tones. I have never liked "fire engine red", but this is more of a deeply-toned burgundy. Besides, it contains those hot pink flashes. And I DO love hot pink! I think it's SO much more appealing than the pale varieties of of this color.

The creator of all of this cover AWESOMENESS is Dane Low, co-founder of the company Ebook Launch, which designs covers for printed books as well as ebooks. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, and resides in Vancouver, Canada. That's about all I could find out through Google. Well, he is DEFINITELY a brilliant cover designer!

And yes, I'm adding Mr. Low to my growing list of favorite book cover artists/designers!

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What do you think of this 
week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!


  1. Excellent analysis, Maria! I totally agree with you. I particularly love the center, it's so powerful and striking - feels like it severs right through me, lol ;)
    Hope you're having an AMAZING weekend! <3 <3 :) :)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Hi, Amy!

      Thanks for the compliment!! <3 <3

      I'm glad you agree with my analysis!! Yes, this is a really STUNNING cover! And that center image is particularly striking! I can see how it would affect you that powerfully!

      Thanks for the GREAT comment!! Hope your weekend was AMAZING, too!! <3 <3 :) :)

  2. That is a great cover for all the reasons that you mention.

    I also have my color preferences but I think that any color can be used to great effect when the artist or the designer is skilled. In this case I think that the use of red and pink is brilliant.

    The contrast with the black is also very effective.

    1. Hi, Brian!

      Yes, it is! Glad you like it, too!! <3

      You are indeed right -- any color can be used in a very effective, even stunningly BEAUTIFUL manner, if an artist or cover designer is skillful enough. And I concur with you -- "the use of red and pink is brilliant". ABSOLUTELY!!

      I also agree that the black and red are very effective.

      Thanks for the great comment!! Hope you have an AWESOME week!! :) :) :)


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