With all due respect to Elise Hurst, the cover artist, this would have to be the worse cover imaginable for this book.
Shadowfell is a wonderful fantasy novel aimed at YA readers with high hopes for a cross-over adult readership.
Not any more!
In real life the jacket is a virulent green and the young girl looks 11 years of age. No sign of mature 15 year old Neryn anywhere.
The cover of this book caused my colleagues to assume that Shadowfell was headed for the junior fiction section of the shop. If I hadn't already read and enjoyed this book, I would never have picked up this cover from the teen shelves to read.
It is such a pity because Marillier's adult Australian covers are often the glamorous, mysterious John Waterhouse girls such as the Heart's Blood cover.