Scholastic unveiled the cover for Maggie Stiefvater‘s final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Forever. Stylistically, it follows the first two books, Shiver and Linger. All three covers feature bold color palettes, a natural woodsy frame, a wolf, and the title in a white center. Forever was done in shades of crimson red.
Scholastic associate art director Chris Stengel was the mastermind behind all three Wolves of Mercy Falls‘ covers. In an interview with Publisher’s Weekly, he revealed: “I definitely knew that I wanted to make the third book red. It seemed logical to me to follow the progression of the seasons. At first, I wasn’t sure how close to Shiver the sequels should be, but once the artwork came together, it felt right to create a variation on the theme. The reversal of positions for the girl, boy, and the wolves relates to the plots of the books.”
Stiefvater became a published novelist at age 26 with her Books of Faerie novels. A year later, she published two more novels including the second fairy novel and a paranormal romance featuring a werewolf and a human girl. The first book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Shiver went on to sell more than 130,000 copies in 2009. Linger came out in July 2010. Forever will be released in July 2011.