At one point of time, everywhere I looked I could only see birds on the covers of books; especially crows and ravens. I loved how different each cover looked even when they featured the same bird. Some had illustrated birds, some had realistic ones and others had abstract vectors of birds. Among the myriad of covers, some covers stood out due to the sheer brilliance with which they used the image of a crow to express the mood and atmosphere of a story. Below are the top three covers that particularly stood out to me.
This cover is ingenious. The only reason I actually read this duology was the cover. And, oh my god, the story was so amazing. I didn’t like the second book as much as the first one but every fantasy fan out there should definitely read this duology.
Okay, fangirling aside, when I had first seen this cover, it had taken me a second to notice the castle under the crow. And when I did notice it, I was blown away. What makes a cover standout is the attention to details and this one definitely fits the bill.
I like the second set of silhouettes under the castle and how it represents the different layers of a city as well as the economic and social classes. The very minimal additions, like the blood drops, add another layer of story to the cover.
In some versions of the cover the author’s name is white, which I prefer over red, because it’s much more legible. I also wished the tagline was a little more visible because it deserves to be seen. Except for those minor complaints, I totally love this cover. It’s one of those that unravels itself layer after layer as you pay more attention to it.
I am Keats: The Art of Inciting Chaos
I usually start with what I love about a cover, but in this case, I really wish that tagline wasn’t there. Artistically, it looks good but logically, not so much. It gives the book a non-fictional look when it doesn’t belong in that genre. That aside, this cover is really quirky and eye catching making me intrigued enough to click on the link. The crumbs near the toasted bread loaf and the font which looks like it’s toasted too, are quite striking. Looking at this crow, I can almost hear it cawing and I like the fact that it causes a sensory reaction. I don’t know if it represents the story accurately or not, because I cannot guess much from this cover. However, I am expecting the story to be kind of quirky and irreverent from the atmosphere created by the image composition.
What do you think this story is about?
This cover is a masterpiece.
In this digital age, it is important that a book cover be eye-catching as a thumbnail without ignoring the details that that make the paperback something to be coveted. Sometimes it’s extremely difficult to achieve that perfect blend of commercial and artistic and I think this is one of the few covers that manage to do that. I love how the designer hasn’t just left the illustration of the crow to be the centerpiece but also provided an interesting glimpse into the story by bringing the focus to the silhouette of the two people. The fashion of the silhouette people seem to hint that the story may be set fom a different time than the current one. The sepia palette also points towards it being historical in nature. I appreciate how the background isn’t a bland texture but one with a story. Details of a city has been deftly woven into the texture thus elevating the cover. I wouldn’t usually prefer this font, but here, it’s just perfect as it matches the style of the illustration too. Overall this cover has been well conceptualized and executed.
Which cover is your favourite?
How much would you rate the above covers out of five?
I will see you next week with a new theme and three stunning covers. Have a good day.
About the Author
Amala Benny is an avid reader and professional book cover designer who has designed for multiple award winning and bestselling authors. She spends her free time Fangirling over Ilona Andrews and Leigh Bardugo.