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.