Crows and ravens should be on the cover, and we should have a sense of a medieval land. A large tower in the distance among mountains would be a good detail as well.
Any use of dark birds, swords, crowns, and other dark-fantasy elements would be a plus. In the first scene of the book, a man shapeshifts into a thousand black crows. I like the idea of having a cover depicting this, but I am open to other ideas. .The mood for this novel is medieval with a touch of magic and darkness. I love covers like the ones linked below:
I am a huge fan of Adam S Doyle's work for the Raven Cycle series. I like the use of color, texture, and smaller imagery within a larger image. I want the mood to evoke a sense of wonder, darkness, and epic sword-and-sorcery storytelling.
I am also open to covers that highlight these figures: a dagger, a crown, a sword, a flock of crows, and a forest.