Favorite cover artist – Daniel dos Santos

 

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Few years back I made a post on pretty book covers of one of my favorite book series by Patricia Briggs –  you can check it out HERE.  I’m still a great fan of Patricia Briggs books and I’m happy to report that her collaboration with artist Daniel dos Santos is still going strong. He makes book covers for the US editions of both of her Mercy Thompson book series and Alpha & Omega book series. The series crossover from time to time and the visual representation on the book covers does them both justice.

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Daniel dos Santos is an American artist well known for making fantastic book covers depicting strong women. For more information on the artist you can check his official page – The Art of Dan dos Santos. He even made a guide for the latest Patricia Briggs book in the Mercy Thompson series Smoke Bitten which you can check out HERE.

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I collect mass market paperback editions and once I got interested in this series some seven years ago after seeing these beautiful covers I was completely hooked. The strong female leading characters of the booth series are portrayed quite realistically. The go trough hard times and they are flawed but the way they deal with their problems is inspiring. I have one short story collection he made a cover for as well!

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While there are some covers I like more than others I really cant decide which is my favorite one! I’m still behind one book in the series that came out this year for Mercy Thompson – Storm Cursed and I loved the next one announced already for Smoke Bitten!

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Here are three of the books I own in mass market paperback that tie for favorite cover for me. Silence Fallen is the latest that book cover that woowed me at first sight. Silver Borne I have very fond memories of reading and I like the fact that Mercy holds a book on the cover! Bone Crossed was one of the strongest books in the series for me and I love how Mercy is portrayed in profile in the rain.

Dan dos Santos has made some other of my favorite characters and book scenes come to life trough his art and here are some of the ones I like the best! First one is from The Dresden Files series. Second picture is for the Graphic novel edition of Serenity and the last one is for Deluxe edition of graphic novel Fables.

There is something very subdued in the ways Daniel dos Santos book cover art and I find it a great fir for the urban fantasy genre. I love his art and his covers are an added bonus and value for the books I already love. Book covers matter to me and when I can I will pick the edition with this amazing cover art!

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I think it is amazing when an artist and a book author make such strong partnership on more than one book series. I wish more artists and authors would do this. It makes me feel a lot better when buying a book series to know that the cover art was picked out with great care and will continue in the same style. I have a few book series that make me groan just by looking at them on the shelf because their discontinuity in the book design and cover art can be seen from a distance. #justbookishthings

Dead Heat – Book Review

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Finished reading:

Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega book 4)

by Patricia Briggs

★★★★

Expectation

Patricia Briggs is one of my favorite author in the urban fantasy genre. I always have high expectations from her books and have yet to read one I did not like. I loved the characters Charles and Anna ever since I’ve read their introduction novella in On the Prowl collection.

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Summary

I kept waiting for this book to pull me in. Compared to the other book series of the genre I love and own, this one took me a while to read it trough. I loved finding out more about the characters I love soo much – still hoping for a Samuel story book!
What confused me a bit was the bad guy in this story. I loved the fact that this book series is parallel with Mercy and how we get to learn a bit more about them combined.

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Maybe it is because it has been a while since I’ve read the last book and the villain in this one had a backstory in one of the previous books and I missed it; but I was left confused and felt like something was missing. The ominous intro had my expectations jump high and the matter was not fully realized by the end of the book.Maybe it served as an intro to what the future stories will be like now that the relations with the fey are strained. I’ll just have to wait and see for that.

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I understand that the author loves horses and she took great care with parts of the book explaining the breeding of horses and care of horses in amazing detail. Somehow for me as a person not involved in stuff like that it was OK – but I would have loved reading about fey lore more – especially the bad guy from this book!

Conclusion

The book was good but I wanted to be thrilled by it. I liked the preview chapter for Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson book 9) that came out last month 🙂

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