A Nod to Narnia

Back when I was writing Kingdom of the Birds, I often glanced at a postcard taped alongside my computer.  Far above a mountainous landscape, a boy and girl are flying astride a winged horse.  The image is familiar to C. S. Lewis fans who have read The Magician’s Nephew or know the work of artist Pauline Baynes.

When I first saw the watercolor painting created for the cover of Kingdom of the Birds, I loved the Narnian feel of that scarlet-and-blue-clad figure on the galloping horse.  The artist, Shirley Flachman of Minneapolis, has visited the Wartburg, and her vision captured the power and mystery of that mountaintop castle.

While I do not pretend to have the powers of the chronicler of Narnia, I do hope that my readers enjoy a glorious ride as they follow the adventures of Seppel and Ilse in the Kingdom of the Birds.

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