Yesterday I received copies of the Japanese edition of Dragonkeeper. It’s always exciting seeing the covers of overseas versions of books. Sometimes I’m pleased with them, sometimes not so much. In this case I’m delighted with the cover. It’s lovely. Very different to the original Australian cover.
The illustrator has obviously read the book (which isn’t always the case) as, if you look closely, you can see the red stitches on Danzi’s wing. And Hua makes an appearance on a cover for the first time! I wanted him on the Australian cover, but people aren’t always comfortable with rats.
There are also lovely little black and white drawings at the beginning of each chapter. I don’t know who the illustrator is, but they’ve done a great job.