Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau PretoCrown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Crown of Feathers

byNicki Pau Preto

Hardcover | February 12, 2019

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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.
Title:Crown of FeathersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.4 inPublished:February 12, 2019Publisher:Simon PulseLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1534424628

ISBN - 13:9781534424623

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting Action and Stellar Characters I couldn't say no to a book about phoenixes and strong women, and am so glad this book was created. The more I think about it, the more I love it. The magic is creative and opens endless possibilities, the mythology and world building are awesome, the action and relationships beg for page-turning, and I'm honestly dying for the second book. While I absolutely loved the story and all of its many, many surprising twists, and an ending that will no doubt lead to more adventures and thrills. I would love to see more of the magic return and learn more about it. But what really sold it for me were the characters. Every single one struck a chord with me. Veronyka is a wonderful hero, strong, brave, positive, and curious. I adore her and she felt like a friend. I admit that I dislike Val (which I was supposed to), but her twist definitely makes me want to know more about her. Tristan took a little while to get used to, but I found myself rooting for him as the story went on and understanding him. He didn't take the turn I thought he might, and it made me love him for it. And SEV!!! Sev is someone who needs more love and I want to see more of him. He's complex and interesting and I can't wait to see where he goes. The best thing about the characters is that they felt "real," and they didn't follow the tropes of most YA characters. I loved all of them and miss them already. The relationships between them were complex, particularly Val and Veronyka. This has been one of my favourite books so far this year and is worthy of all the hype it's been getting. I'm honestly so glad I could be swept up in its majesty and adventure.
Date published: 2019-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nostalgic and wonderful I was given an eARC to review from NetGalley and the publisher, but this does not affect my opinion in any way. ( Real rating: 4.5 stars ) TW: Death & animal death. Okay, but like… Wow. The book that first got me passionate about reading was Eragon, and this book gave me really nice Eragon vibes, so this felt very nostalgic to me. Still, even if that hadn’t been the case, I still think I would have loved this book. The beginning was a bit slow and filled with information, which I know may not work for everyone, but I personally adored it. I loved learning about the fascinating world this story took place in, and was especially interested by the history of the world. The characters? They were all so fascinating, and even those I didn’t like remained thoroughly interesting to me. Even the characters from the past, who we only saw glimpses of, were impossible not to get attached to. This follows three main points of view, with glimpses of documents from the past, and I never felt confused about who I was reading about, which is always nice when reading a story told through multiple POVs. The plot? Amazing. I thought the pacing of it all was really good, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story overall. At first, I was a bit hesitant about the whole “girl pretending to be a boy” thing because that’s not a trope I tend to enjoy (except for Mulan, and now this book), but I personally found it really interesting. I’m trying to stay vague as to not spoil anything, but like… The ending. THE ENDING. I had foreseen something similar happening, but I wasn’t entirely right, and was therefore pleasurably surprised when it came around. The world building? Amazing, in my opinion. I fully understood the world and what was going on, and loved learning about its history. Every time there was info dumping (which there was some of), I was actually excited to read it because I loved learning about this world and its history. There was one thing that didn’t make a lot of sense to me, but I think that has more to do with me not understanding easily than it has to do with the book. All in all, I really loved this book, and I’ll forever be grateful that I got an ARC of it. The characters were lovely, the plot was super entertaining, and the world building was fascinating. This was actually a very hard review to write due to how much I enjoyed the book, and although I wish reviews were always easy to write, if they’re all difficult to write due to the fact that I’m loving the books I’m reading, then I definitely won’t complain.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! T H E C R O W N O F F E A T H E R S Pau Preto tells a story like she is a seasoned writer and this is her ninth series. I cried, laughed and fell in love. There is a reason why respected reviewers have compared her Phoenix to Dumbledores and her world to ‘Game of Thrones!’ Because it’s blends everything you want to read and feel in a fantasy. The world building, the characters, the Phoenixes, the animals, the sisterbond...you will remember all of this well after you finish the book. Read it with your families, read it just for you. It will be a story you can read again and again. I cannot wait for the second book to come out.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review *Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own. I wished for this one on Netgalley because I had been hearing good things about it. I didn’t really know what to expect from it. As the same thing happened with Sky in the Deep, maybe this is new strategy that’s working for me. Maybe I need to go into more books just having heard good things. There was also the added bonus here of the author being Canadian *aggressively sings O Canada*, so I’m glad I liked it as much as I did because now I can pre-order a physical copy for my shelf. This book is so good. After 3 years of doing this I’m still the worst at positive reviews, so all my brain wants me to do right now is shove the book in people’s faces and tell them to read it. But I can’t do that because not only is it December 2018 while I’m writing this, but this baby is also going right on my favourites shelf when it gets here. The initial betrayal the synopsis mentions shook me to my core. I was so upset I had to put the book down, and I didn’t read it again for roughly 2 months (this is also because I’m a university student and my life was a living hell at that point, but it being because of the book sounds better). I liked that there was reason behind girls not being allowed to become Phoenix Riders within this particular group of people. I didn’t particularly agree with it and neither did our main characters, but at least it made some semblance of sense. I also liked that there wasn’t really any romance. I find that it’s always really hard to make it work logistically within girl pretends to be a boy storylines when the male love interest appears to be straight. There could have totally been something from the third POV as well, but I sort of liked how it ended with that, and I think it’s going to play into things in the sequel. There’s totally romantic tension there, and I totally ship it, but there wasn’t anything really concrete and it worked well with the story. Looking through my Goodreads updates (of which there are 15), apparently there is an animal killing at roughly 37%. Past me notes that it isn’t too graphic, but I feel compelled to warn others who maybe aren’t able to read that sort of thing at the moment. There are also a few other animal and mythological creature deaths, but they’re more mentions that X animal has died that we knew by name. We’re dealing with battles and animal magic wielders here, so if you need to sit this one out please do. Content warnings aside, Crown of Feathers had me hooked. I was yelling at it, squeezing it (or my phone), and I was tapping/ flipping pages like there was no tomorrow. I had so many theories flying around my brain, and that’s never really happened to me before. And when I ended up being right on one thing it didn’t feel like the book was predictable; instead it felt like I had won the lottery. The characters were also so well done. They all felt so human. There was so much stuff like Veronyka thinking her sister was one thing, and then slowly learning that maybe she isn’t so simple, and the other POV characters learning they don’t have to just be one thing. It was fascinating to read. The thing that removed that pesky .25 of a star was that while I found the bits of history really interesting and they really helped with the worldbuilding (which was fantastic by the way), there were a few too many instances where the characters would tell some piece of history for pages, and then the chapter would end, providing another piece of background historical information. That part just didn’t work for me. Overall, I hope I’ve convince you to read Crown of Feathers in this review, but in case I haven’t READ THE BOOK. It has therefore earned 4.75 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing New Fantasy I loved this so so much! The world is lush, the magic neat, the characters incredible. Told from three POVs, this story dives deep into a history and future of phoenix riders and ruthless queens. It is filled with so many twists and turns and well written scenes that I couldn't put it down. A fantastic debut from a Canadian author.
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: Trigger warning: Mention of death and war. Up till the point I read. DNF I received this E-ARC via Simon and Schuster Canada and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Crown of Feathers has been getting a lot of buzz and excitement. When I saw it on Netgalley I requested an arc to see what the buzz was about. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it. The first few chapters were fairly interesting. There was quite a bit off info dumping but I found it to be useful to understand the world. However it came to a point where I started to get annoyed. There was so much info dumping that it stunted the plot. And it started to get annoying. I also wasn't attached to any of the characters. I'm not sure if I'd recommend it. It really depends on you're tolerance with info dumping.
Date published: 2018-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE this book *a copy was provided by NetGalley* Omg. I LOVE this book. The world building, vivid descriptions, the compelling and complex characters, the bond between the phoenixes and their riders, romance and history of the Phoenix Riders, and backstory, was on point. There are a few different POV’s but they’re easy to follow, also, at the end of each chapter we get an insight to what Avalkyra Ashfire is thinking, which I’m just realizing now after re-reading the ones I highlighted. It was just perfect, it was everything. It’s going to take me a while to get over this one. This is easily the best debut book I’ve read this year. I cant wait to read more from this author! I’ll be honest, some parts were a little confusing, but you HAVE to read til the end, everything will make sense, because the freaking EPILOGUE literally ties the book together, it’s so cleaver and perfect…. did I mention PERFECT? It’s going to really hard for me not to spoil anything… argghhh
Date published: 2018-11-15

Editorial Reviews

"Crown of Feathers is epic in the truest sense...it's the perfect series kickoff."