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Crown of Feathers by Nicki PauPreto ( Crown of Feathers #1), #12

Publication date: 12 February 2019

An Ember in the Ashes meets Three Dark Crowns in this lush debut fantasy novel about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to join a secret group of warriors that ride phoenixes into battle.

I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love’s incredible power to save—or to destroy. Interspersed throughout is the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister’s hands.

Fierce female warriors flying like a lit beacon on a phoenix? Yes please! The badaas level on this is a 10!🙌 I’m so in love with this book from the start. It was a bit slow from the start for the buildup and explaining stuff about the world. I enjoyed everything. To me, everything was evenly paced and glorious👑! The writing is magnificent. The stuff of legends⚔️.

I developed a personal affection for each of the characters. Each chapter is in a character’s POV. It was super easy to read, not at all confusing. It did leave me anxious to know what the character would experience in the next chapters. I did skip one POV just so I can read Veronyka’s chapter📖😊. Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old in a world once ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

The story is not what it seems to be. It was cleverly twisted in a wicked way that also made it look so soft (you’ll get what I mean when you read the book). I can’t tell you the amount of times I dropped the book from excitement or just “Shit. THAT happened!” There were so many beautiful drool worthy quotes in the book.

Here is one of my favourites:

“That’s the thing with secrets. They never really die. Just when one bursts into flames, another rises up to take its place.”
“Unless you break the cycle.”

“Or you ride them to the bitter end.”

Thun, thun, thun! Highly, HIGHLY recommend this book to lovers of “Children of Blood and Bone”, “Sky in the Deep”, “Throne of Glass”.Thank you to @definitelybooks for this Advance Reader’s Copy.

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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