Michael Whelan was selected to do the cover for A Memory of Light's paper and ebook release covers due to Darrell K. Sweet's passing last year.
I’m flattered to no end to have been asked to work on such a prestigious and popular project. My only regret is that it had to come under such unfortunate circumstances; I never would have accepted had Darrell been here to see the Wheel of Time saga to it’s completion. It will always remain a testament to his career, and I’m humbled to stand in his shadow for the work on the final volume.
Read more at: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/02/a-memory-of-light-cover-by-michael-whelan
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It's some sad news that Sweet has passed. An amazing artist that will definitely be missed. In terms of replacements though, Whelan is a real powerhouse when it comes to art in the genre. He's made some really spectacular covers in the past. Just take a look at, say, the cover for The Way of Kings, or things from the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series.
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