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Phoenix Descending

(Curse of the Phoenix #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  102 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Since the outbreak of the phoenix fever in Drothidia, Tori Kagari has already lost one family member to the fatal disease. Now, with the fever threatening to wipe out her entire family, she must go against everything she believes in order to save them—even if that means making a deal with the enemy.

When Tori agrees to join forces with the unscrupulous Khadulians, she must
Paperback, 298 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Snowy Wings Publishing
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Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
I received a free ebook copy in exchange of an honest review. I'm gonna start with one word: WOW I loved it and it exceeded my expectations, well written and it introduces you to the story without being boring and is not a flat story because it hooks you since the first page.
Some parts while you are reading get you cracking nerves to know whats going to happen next, it has romantic touches that makes you laugh and sigh.
I loved the goodness, strenght and heart of Tori because she is capable to do
Angel Haze
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fantasy
WOW! This was a thrilling ya fantasy that threw me for a loop, completely surpassing my expectations! Very well written with a gripping story that had me up until 4am reading. I didn't want it to end and when it did, I had a hard time getting to sleep after! Here's hoping the next book comes out soon!

Oh and, bonus! It includes some character sketches!
Suzanne Rooyen
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

This was a quick upper YA/NA fantasy read. Despite the characters being in their early twenties, it tended to read a little younger and so far there's no content in it that would be considered adult so I think it will probably do better with YA readers than NA readers looking for more adult fare.

I enjoyed this book. The story is fast-paced (perhaps too fast at times, feeling a little rushed in places with motivations not always as well as threshed out as I would like), and full of act
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, livres-vo
A big thank you to the author for making me discover this book via his newsletter and that I had at an affordable price. I already loved the illustrations that were between the chapters and especially the endearing characters and the pen of the author. My next book to read by this author: my sister's reaper. We find Tori trying to save her family by all means, she will have to do things that even before she had never done. She will associate with the Khadoulians by taking a false identity to be ...more
I cannot accurately rate or judge this book because I couldn't bring myself to finish it. After 8 months of procrastinating on reading this book, I've had to mark it a DNF. Perhaps I'll come back to it in the future but for now, I'm putting a bookmark in this one.
Megan Murphy
I received an ARC copy of this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review. A must read for lovers of the Throne of Glass series and Graceling series. This book has a little bit of everything: adventure, mysteries, forbidden love, undead (Zombie like), fantasy, an Arthurian feel to it, deals, consequences and a whole lot of other exciting tales! A book that is different from any books that I have previously read. What amazed me was the immersive word Dorothy created, filled with complica ...more
Stuart West
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The most accomplished of Ms. Dreyer's fantasies, Phoenix Descending plays out like a YA Game of Thrones with plenty of political intrigue, skulking castle-dwellers and zombies (!) amidst the driving story of the plucky young heroine's quest to save her family from the phoenix sickness. While some of the characters could've been fleshed out better (I'm looking at you, Goran!), I'm reserving the final criticism on that as this is the first book in a series and there's still plenty of time (and lot ...more
Beth Oliver
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Oh my God that ending!!!!!!! Come on now!!!!

I loved this book. So intriguing and compelling. I could not put it down. The whole world was diverse and beautiful. It exceeded any known notion I had for this story.

The characters were amazingly well written.
Tori is a wonderful main character with a strong sense of justice and moral character. She is just a favorite.
Bramwell is super awesome and slightly in my fair opinion.😇
I'm pulling for Tori and Bram!! OTP!! I will go down with this ship people!
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To sum up my feelings about this book in one word: meh

Content warnings include: homophobia, execution and extreme brutal sentencing of innocents, death of family members through sickness, character pretending to be an important religious personality

Why I didn't like it:
- the way information was conveyed was extremely awkward. Dialogue and describtions felt stilted and forced
- so many things are implausible and don't make any sense, or are not explained to a degree that is laughable, leaving ga
J. Ford
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, let me say I wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover. I was hooked. It was almost as if I didn’t care what was in between those covers. It’s gorgeous and I could stare at it for hours.

But as it turned out, I loved the pages in between. From the beginning, the story is full of action and unforgettable, complicated characters. Takumi the fox…omgosh…I want more of him!! And Tori is an amazing main character with a strong sense of right and wrong, justice and moral fortitude. Ther
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Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW... just wow! I have no words for how much I love this story! I have became 100% attached to Tori and Bram, and am afraid if my hopes for them don't come true, I may cry and never be the same. All of these characters were so real and came to life in my mind. It was like I was walking with them and watching and listening along with their lives. Amazing writing. So many subtle twists in the story that had my jaw continuously dropping to the floor. I really would think I had it all figured out, ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a intriguing book that kept me captivated from the beginning. I’ve never really read any fantasy books, but this one may have converted me. I received Phoenix Descending as an ARC and I can’t wait to read the next one to find out what happens to the principal characters. There are twists and turns that I must know the answers to. If you are a fan of fantasy or not, this book is intensely riveting.
K. Matt
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book was a delight to read. I liked the worldbuilding in particular, and the fact that the majority of the major characters are strong women, with some nicely compelling storylines. I did, however, nearly let out an inhuman shriek as I hit the last page. I won't go into why, but you'll know it when you see it.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. An excellent start to a new series! It moves at a quick pace, and has a pretty interesting plot. Though there are some things culturally in this book that can be viewed as problematic, I have hopes that a lot of those things will be worked through more in book 2. With that ending though, I wish I didn't have to wait a year for book 2!
Josandra Cobb
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a few chapters to become vested in the characters but once Tori embarked on her mission I could not put this book down. Now I anxiously await book two.
Diana Lavaughn
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Phoenix Descending (Curse of the Phoenix Book 1) Kindle Edition
by Dorothy Dreyer
I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley and am leaving a honest and fair review.

This book is:
Part George RR Martin epic fantasy royal intrigue and machinations
Part fairy tale stepmother – in this case, Aunt
Part Shakespearean doomed love
Park Brontean mystery woman in the attack
Park Luc Beeson girl with weapons mystery
Part Romeo Living Dead
Part Beastmaster cunning pets
Part Katniss

All together that ma
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the author for giving me a chance to read and review this book.

Phoenix Descending is the first book in the Curse of the Phoenix fantasy series written by Dorothy Dreyer. The story tells about Tori, a girl who must infiltrate a strange queendom in order to save her family members who are dying from a disease called phoenix fever. The story is a fast paced combination of fantasy, action and romance with a strong main ch
Calvin Park
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: spfbo-2018
Phoenix Descending was a book I very much wanted to love. The concept was fascinating and immediately hooked me. The world has a great deal of potential to be interesting, and I found the characters likeable. Unfortunately, I also found some significant issues, particularly in worldbuilding and to a lesser degree in the voice and editing.

Dorothy Dreyer has imagined an intriguing world. The nine realms provide for an interesting backdrop of shifting alliances and loyalties. I would have loved to
Camillea Camillea
Phoenix Descending is a book that immediately interested me. I was intrigued by the idea of a Phoenix fever and political warfare. The book is fast-paced and kept me engrossed with its storyline. There's was much about the book that I would love to discuss and the world, although only glimpsed, is so creative!

However, I was a little bit dissatisfied with the book for reasons like lacking details pertaining to world building. In spite of the Phoenix fever being the basic motivation for the story
Eroine Penzel
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really loved the books and I need the sequel so much right now because there are so many situations that need an end and also I need to know that my Tori will be safe and sound!
The book is really interesting although I could see some YA stereotypes that actually didn't annoy me thanks to your wonderful writing style.
And I usually hate "insta-love" by I can't do nothing but love both Tori and Bram, who has some really interesting characteristics along with the Undead.
I want to discover more abo
Hannah Michaels
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

this was a super easy read. Very quick, not very taxing in that you were able to sit back and enjoy the story. I don't think some books get enough credit for that. But I am confused on several things. How did the Undead come to be? That was never clarified. When did they originate and why are they only in one specific place? That needed clarification. Also, the Phoenix Fever needed clarification as well. What does it do? We did
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good novel with impressive world building and true to life characters. The concept of the rift and the undead was scary and seems to have been used to keep people in thrall. Tori is a strong and courageous character, her loyalty and love for her family led her on an adventure into another country, Avrall, daring to risk her all to complete the quests set for her by Goran. He in turn promised that once his demands were met he would provide the much needed medication for Tori's fam ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good novel with impressive world building and true to life characters. The concept of the rift and the undead was scary and seems to have been used to keep people in thrall. Tori is a strong and courageous character, her loyalty and love for her family led her on an adventure into another country, Avrall, daring to risk her all to complete the quests set for her by Goran. He in turn promised that once his demands were met he would provide the much needed medication for Tori's fam ...more
Fay Tannerr
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Phoenix Descending was a really interesting fantasy novel filled with action, adventure and a strong female character. Tori Kagari's family has been infected by the phoenix fever that has broken over the land of Drothidia . In order to save them she makes a deal with the Khadulians where she must infiltrate the queendom of Avarell under a false identity. It is a dangerous mission but Tori will do whatever it takes to save her family.

Tori was a strong and amazing main character. She knew how to
Bonnie Parker
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm gonna give it 5 stars. At first, I thought it would be one of those, cheezy, simple, and cliched stories, but it wasn't. However, I couldn't really tell whether it is Asian inspired or old England inspired story; kunai, fancy corset dresses, Japanese-sounding names, queens locked in towers; they don't seem to fit together in my imagination. It's a mixture of everything but pulled off very skillfully. A couple of plot twists that surprised me greatly; they really got me sitting on the edge. I ...more
Emma Katherine
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read my full review here:

Opinions: I simply ADORE Phoenix Descending, and there's nothing else to say! The plot and conflict was beguiling from the first sentence (which I found to be outstanding for its imagery and immersion) and the characters were reasonable and consistent. The first thing I look for when reading is connection to the characters, and this was almost instant in Phoenix Descending! I was touched by Tori’s love and loyalty towards her fami
Chad Barrus
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story and what a cliffhanger at the end!! The suspense just kept building and building to its climax!!

There are plenty of loose ends to be addressed in the next installment and if you’re like I am this fall is a long ways away. I want to know now but will have to have patience and reread this book again prior to the release of book 2 to rebuild the feeling I had when I read it for the first time.

To use a baseball term Dorothy Dreyer hit it out of the park with this novel. A homer for sure!
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost I just want to say thank you to the author for giving me a free ebook copy in exchange of an honest review. This book is a wow; it deserves a round of applause. The plot is intriguing and that pushes me to give this book a try and I’m thankful that I did. The characters have their own unique personality. The writing is ok but the transition of the point of view is a little bit confusing. There are some instances that I thought its Tori but it turns out to be Bram’s something l ...more
Paul Simpson
This one has been on my kindle for a while now...decided to read if during the IFAsummerchallenge as it was not a long read (300 pages). Though generally not a huge of most YA stuff, I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed this one. One review complained of lack of world-building, but not all stories have to have complex geopolitical systems, 1000 year histories, etc...if the plot is intriguing and the characters are interesting and likable and the villains nasty, I'm all in. My only beef is at tim ...more
Darcy Smith
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a gripping story. It has action, adventure, mystery, and drama. It is a story that is as unique as it is a fantasy world come to life. The characters are extremely well developed and have the most amazing personalities that you can literally feel throughout the story. It will have you on the edge of your seat trying to guess what is going to happen next. Just when you think you have it all figured out the story will fling you in another direction. Tori and Bram have this feel that is fel ...more
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