This is the US version we're all so familiar with. To be honest, I still wonder at the connection to feathers. I kept looking for it, but maybe I'm just being obtuse . . . Anyone who can help me here, please leave a note in the comments section.
Although the US cover is striking, it's not the one I have in my bookshelf. I have the UK version published in 2011. It looks like this:
|UK version published in 2011|
More feathers? And I still don't get it. Maybe teeth just wouldn't have looked so good. Can you picture it? Karou on the front cover dragging elephant tusks along the Paris metro . . . But I digress.
Although the feathers look iridescent in this pic, in real life the cover is actually very dull. I wonder if I would have bought it if I hadn't read reviews? I'm not sure.
Maybe the UK publisher decided the cover wasn't so great either, because in 2012 they changed it to:
|UK cover 2012|
Apart from the hand on the door, this does not even hint at fantasy. This could be the cover of any book set in Europe. You know the kind I mean: mystery behind the red door stuff.
So given a choice, I think I would have bought the US cover. What about you? Which do you prefer?