Title: Crown of Feathers
Author: Nicki Pau Preto
Series: Crown of Feathers #1
E.S.C.A.P.E Score: 37
(see breakdown below)
I received a free eARC copy from Black and White Publishing , via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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.
This was a hard one for me to review, I both adored aspects and others were just a bit meh. The start was difficult to get into, we got so much information at once that it was difficult to get into the story and feel attached to the characters. When we did get deeper into the characters and spent time with them they were fantastic. I loved Veronyka and her perspective was one of my favourites as we really got to explore the magic system with her. I wish there was a little more expansion of the other perspectives to develop the world instead of the info dump.
The story is told from three perspectives, they each give a unique perspective which is great, but the perspective switches got a little tiresome. At the end of each perspective there is a mini cliffhanger but there is such a distance between the perspective switching back that it got kind of frustrating to the point where the pages stopped turning and I lost some of my interest.
While I loved Veronyka’s story I don’t feel it was fully evolved. I was not happy with some of the romantic aspects but that is change in my tastes. The ending was super open-ended and is really didn’t give any answers. It didn’t have a drama of a cliffhanger instead it sort of sputtered out and just left me feeling meh.
While overall, I am intrigued and will happily continue in this world It just wasn’t a 5 star read for me as it left me a little disappointed.