*peers* I think that’s a fish-lady, actually. Not sure. (Also, I remember looking at this book in our library a zillion times as a kid, and being terribly annoyed that it was not as interesting as the cover made it look! Too much human stuff! Bring on the catgirls and fishladies and let them do interesting things!)
Hmmm. Another Patricia Wrede cover (see April 11th), same awkward syntax of tagline, same cover artist, and …
Different three people, but same setup and color scheme. Instead of a white-clad desert nomad with a dagger in the middle lifting the back of his left hand to us it’s a barely white-clad showgirl with a wand making the same gesture. Instead of a green-clad sword chick on the right it’s a green-clad cat girl. And instead of Mr. Not-Doing-Anything-But-Staring Prince on the left, it’s the Creature from the Black Lagoon in a bedsheet. And instead of a plain brick wall behind them it’s modern church architecture circa. 1965.
I do believe that is another Darrel K Sweet artwork for the cover. He is one prolific artist.
Pretty much all the Xanth books by Peirs Anthony has his work. Same goes for some of the Forgotten Realms books. As well as any Modesitt books.
I hope I do. Thing is, my husband’s ex-wife when she was living here, cleared out a batch of my stuff. Saying that she knew who could use it better. I’m afraid about a good half of my books left that way thanks to her. And one of those might have been this one.
Before she moved in, I had over 4000 books.
That is the unmistakeable style of Walter Velez. Roughly 90% of his covers are the same in composition, color pallette, and, oh, everything else. He loves the dramatic stance pose, challenging the viewer to not feel as if they’ve seen this same scene with only minor variations.
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