Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful book covers!
It also provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!
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about Shelf Candy Saturday,
simply go HERE.
Here's my choice for this week!
(Fairy Tales, Book 1)
Trade Paperback, 352 pages
January 8, 2008
Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retellings,
Historical Fiction, Science Fiction
My Thoughts About This Cover
The beautiful legend of the Firebird, of Russian origin, is wonderfully evoked in this gorgeous cover!
Those highly-detailed wings create a very dynamic composition, with their swirling movement, which carries the eye from the top of the image to the sides, and help focus the viewer's gaze on the magical woman, to whom they belong. They also give the feeling that she has just landed, having flown from an unknown location.
A metal band encircles her head, with a stone or perhaps a jewel, resting on her forehead. This contributes to her magical-looking appearance. She is gracefully poised, having stopped to gaze at the viewer. Or is she about to take off? Now I'm wondering....
The contrast between the two fonts used is a striking one. The font used for the title reminds me of 19th-century writing styles. I think I've seen this font on the cover of some classic from that century. The other font, which is used for the author's name, is definitely the type used in Art Deco designs, usually for posters.
I also like the lines that frame the cover image on each side. Another nice detail is that the wings go over the lines, and the color of these lines contrasts very nicely with the cover's predominant color, which is a beautiful shade of soft golden tan.
Thanks to the Amazon reader, I have been able to get information about the superbly talented cover artist! Her name is Julie Bell. She not only creates fantasy art, but wildlife paintings as well, and is married to the equally talented, and very well-known fantasy artist, Boris Vallejo. I hope to own this book someday!!
Online Links for Julie Bell
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