Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto
Publisher: Simon Pulse (February 12, 2019)
Print Length: 496 pages
Audiobook Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
Narrator: Samantha Desz, Jacques Roy, Joy Osmanski, Gibson Fraizer, Cassandra Campbell
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.
Though the first 100 or so convoluted pages had the makings of a swift DNF, as far as my reading tastes are concerned, sticking with Crown of Feathers helped me rise from the ashes of my rather stubborn reading slump (all puns intended).
Crown of Feathers is told through three very different POVs. First, Veronyka, a sixteen-year-old war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix rider. Second, Tristan, an apprentice phoenix rider who has to live up to impossible standards given the fact that his father is the commander of the dwindling revolters. Third, Sev, a soldier of the empire who is trying desperately to decide whether the war his country is participating in is actually worth dying for. All of the POVs are also animages, people with the ability to bond with animals, which brings its own set of challenges to their individual stories. Of course, my favourite aspect of all the characters, Veronyka in particular, is that Pau Preto didn’t feel the need to force any romances to further their arcs. While the hint of a spark is available for her to explore in the conclusion of the duology, I would be perfectly fine if these characters ended up alone.
Besides the uniquely intriguing characters, the plot and magic system of Crown of Feathers held equal attraction. I enjoyed the preludes to chapters being snip-its of events that happened far in the past. It gave what was happening in the present that much more weight knowing fully well that history could repeat itself. Likewise, I really enjoyed the phoenixes. Each of these mythical creatures had their own personality, mirroring the humans that bonded with them, forcing them to be even more intelligent that what mythologies proceeded this work.
Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Crown of Feathers (Crown of Feathers #1) by Nicki Pau Preto . Have any YA fantasy recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.