Orison is an epic-fantasy novel currently undergoing its final revisions. The author (and frequent client), Daniel Swensen, first conceived the "orison" that is at the center of the novel's plot as a red gem. The original cover had the gem leaking a viscous magical liquid as it poured magic (and mayhem) into the world. Dan returned for a second, and third round of cover development when he decided that he wanted to change the orison into an orb. His interest in keeping the cover faithful to the world required a new design. A teaser wallpaper that reflects the cover's new style was released in 2012, followed by the new cover design featuring the hand & orb.
Orison (Dark Magic wallpaper and cover)
Dan Swensen, author