Path of Daggers by Robert Jordan

Irene Gallo, Art Director at, on the cover:

Julie Bell was on my artist wish-list for this ebook cover project right from the start. There are few artists as comfortable with figure drawing as Julie. The only question was, which book and which scene? Fairly early on, Megan Messinger had described the “Bowl of Winds” as a pivotal point in the book that focus on the strength of character and ability the women in the Wheel of Time possess. Since Julie has a hard-earned gift for painting strong women that are every bit as powerful as they are beautiful, it seemed a natural fit.

Still, some hard decisions had to be made. The scene includes thirteen women working together. If we did a long shot, we could include all thirteen, but then we loose the ability to engage with specific characters. When you add in the thumbnail-size that ebook covers are often first seen at, I thought it best to focus on a few of the key characters: Elayne, Aviendha, and Nynaeve.

The scene fell together pretty quickly after that. I have to say a special thanks to our Leigh Butler who called me in a mild panic after the sketches were approved: it seems that the clothing in the scene was described in the book before this one. Not something I ever would have caught. And further proof that the more people we let into the process, the better it is for the project.

Another winner from, this time with art from Julie Bell. Absolutely lovely use of colour, which nicely highlights the visual elements of Jordan’s magic system. Makes me frown to think the screen on many eReaders are black and white!

  • Shane May 6, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Okay, seriously, the real books need to be reissued with these covers. These are some of the most amazing covers I have ever seen.

  • Ryan May 6, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I am really enjoying these covers. Like shane posted, these would be nice to see on the real books at some point.

    The choice of artists that TOR have been using has also been quite fantastic.

  • -ink May 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I didn’t know that Phoenix from X-Men was in Wheel of Time!

    I kid, I kid. It’s gorgeous. These new covers are singlehandedly inching me closer to reading the books.

  • FRChris May 6, 2010 at 10:52 pm


    Hopefully, next-gen ereader will use color E-ink.

    The cover is ‘wasted’ for now, but I guess WOT should be enjoyed by the futur generations ; )

    An ebook never get old or out of print !

  • Shane May 10, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Plus, I actually think this is my favorite cover and artist so far. I think I’ve said that each time one is released, but I REALLY like this one.