In a world most of see through an Instagram filter and Photoshopped tweaks, a dynamic illustration of an animal can entice the eye in a way no filter can. Illustrator Derek Mah's cover art for The Dragon Turn caught my eye and wouldn't let go. The wonderfully foreshortened view of the Komodo dragon marches swiftly toward us, tongue smelling the air. No question, this is trouble.

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The Dragon Turn book cover illustration by Derek Mah

2012, digital painting.

You can see the rest of Derek Mah's covers for The Boy Sherlock Holmes series here.

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The Dragon Turn is published by Tundra Books, a division of Random House.

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