Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s prompt is a cover freebie  and after settling down to the subject of crows, I had a surprisingly hard time narrowing this down to just ten books. The corvid family is super popular with book designers and authors alike. They’re intelligent, beautiful and full of symbolism, what’s not to love?

I’ve made a reasonable effort to find and credit the artists but sometimes they are inhouse covers and don’t get credited separately.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

This is just one of my favourite covers all round. Miaโ€™s family name is implied to mean crow and it’s one of her nicknames. Illustration by Kerby Rosanes, you can see some work in progress pictures here.


The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed

I still havenโ€™t read this, I still love the cover. Itโ€™s clearly a magpie. Illustration by Veronica Park.


Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Serapio of the Carrion Crow family becomes the Crow God, is that enough crow for you? Illustration by John Picacio.


The Magpie Society: One For Sorrow

The old magpie rhyme has significance in this YA dark academia and I love the inky magpie illustration. Illustration by Khius.


Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver

The main character befriends a magpie in this Gothic horror. Another inky magpie gracing the cover.


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I have only just noticed that the skyline of Ketterdam is pictured in the negative space of the crow’s wing, on both books. I guess I was too absorbed in the world and fantastic characters to pay much attention to the cover. Illustration by Rich Deas.


Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

I like the detail of the crow on this one and they look a bit like an adorable fledgling. I read this too long ago to remember if the crow is relevant or not.


A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee

I love the whole aesthetic of this cover. Design by Natasha MacKenzie.


Wild and Wicked Things by Francesca May

You might just think this has a generic bird on, but the setting is Crow Island and crows are significant enough in the book that I am declaring that silhouette a crow. Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio.