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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

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.


Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto is an amazing book. When I say that I am now obsessed, I am not kidding. The characters were phenomenal and I can’t wait for book two. Pau Preto has a way of bringing this world to life. I found myself being easily immersed in the story. I wanted to know what happened next and I couldn’t put the book down.

Veronyka is an animage on the run with her sister Val. All these two ever wanted to do is become phoenix riders. Val and Veronyka have a very complicated sister relationship. Really who doesn’t? Val is used to be in control and having everything first. When Veronyka gets a phoenix and Val doesn’t, Val does everything in her power to take the phoenix away. She succeeds. Veronyka takes off on her own to get away from her sister.

Sev is a solider that is hiding a very dangerous secret. He is an animage hiding in plain sight. The last characters we have is Tristan. Tristan is constantly trying to prove to his father that he is worthy. These characters were amazing. This story is so complex. I feel like the real story was with the phoenixes.  I found that my true connection was with these mythical creatures.

As far as the writing goes, I felt like Pau Preto did such an amazing job. She had great pacing, fantastic dialogue. She knocked it out of the park with the characters. I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to the book two. 

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