Doing the cover for the first book of a proposed epic trilogy can be a daunting task for an illustrator; he has to help the author gain an audience for a new fantasy world with a whole new cast of characters. No matter how intriguing, when a manuscript is especially long and complicated it's hard to choose one scene that will be faithful to the story and grab new readers. The series went on to be a bestseller for author Tad Williams.
In the peaceful land of Osten Ard, the good king is dying-and a long-dreaded evil is about to be unleashed. Only Simon, a lowly castle scullion apprenticed to a secret order dedicated to halting the coming darkness, can solve the dangerous riddle that offers salvation to the land.