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Crown of Feathers

(Crown of Feathers #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,038 ratings  ·  651 reviews
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 fro
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Courts & Castles Books There is a hint of romance between multiple characters, LGBT and not, but nothing ever really developed between any of them (yet!)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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Umairah | Sereadipity
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fangirl
Five Feather-Crowned Stars!
Plot: 4.5/5 Characters: 4.5/5 Writing: 5/5

When I realised that this book was not only about phoenixes but also phoenix riders I knew I had to read it. I probably love phoenixes just as much (or maybe even more) than I love dragons and I really hoped this book would do these ferocious, fiery creatures justice. It sure did. It probably increased my love for phoenixes tenfold. If I could, I would definitely become a phoenix rider without hesitation.
"Like poetry on wings,
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Crown of Feathers is a YA fantasy centered around 2 sisters in a land once ruled by phoenix riders.

I almost DNF'ed this book at 25%, in fact i did stop and read another book instead before picking it back up!
I was really interested in the concept going in and the first couple of chapters were pretty good but after that the story slowed and started to drag. It is pretty heavy on the description which i'm not the biggest fan of but i am really glad i stuck with this. Around the half way point this
Amy Imogene Reads
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

Wow. It wasn’t perfect, the beginning was an info dump—but this was amazing, and one of the best series openers I’ve read recently in YA fantasy.

World Building: ★★★★★
Characters/Character Arcs: ★★★★
Readability: ★★ 1/2
Plot: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★★ 1/2

Crown of Feathers is impressive, but it is not for the casual YA fantasy reader. I really struggled with the first 100 pages. It starts out intimidatingly dense.

Veronyka and her sister, Val, are two animages on the run from the current anti-magic em
Mel (Epic Reading)
May 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 36%
Crown of Feathers has a cool concept on the surface, the cover is beautiful and (eek!) cute phoenixes. Unfortunately that’s where the excitement ends in this one. I found the plot to be typical, the characters undeveloped and overall the tone of the writing to lack excitement.

There is really nothing more important than characters having strong personalities when they are the POV. We have the POV of three major characters (lead female and two male). Each of these POVs are uniq
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Can't wait for this!
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
My Video Review:

At first, I wasn’t going to do a review, but I think I might film one now. This is interesting because I had some big problems with pacing, but I ended up having a fun time and enjoying the drama despite the first 50-ish pages being a huge info dump. Like, a dump so bad that you turn the AC off in the car when you’re near it. I’ll leave a link to the review and leave a rating when the review goes up!
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Two sisters rip apart an empire through war and to find peace the Phoenix Riders must be buried. 16 years later, Veronyka dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider with her controlling sister. After a shocking betrayal she sets out alone to follow rumors of the riders and to join them even if it means dressing as a boy. Veronyka is not the only one pursuing rumors, so is the new empire and they mean to wipe out the riders once and for all.

The short re
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto is the first book in the young adult fantasy series by the same name. This series takes readers into a world in which the Phoenix exist and introduces the warriors that ride them. The story is told from the multiple points of view of Veronyka, Sev and Tristan.

Veronyka is what is known as an animage who has the ability to communicate with animals. Since the end of the blood war animages have been in hiding and with a lack of Phoenix eggs the once mighty Phoeni
Dannii Elle
There are very few books I could name that feature phoenixes, and even less that feature them as predominately as this one does. This is where my interest for the book stemmed but every other element about it is what kept me so intrigued throughout.

The story line, and the whimsical world it was set inside of, were gently unveiled to the reader, one carefully placed facet at a time, and I really appreciated the meandering pace and character-driven focus that was delivered because of it. There was
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, dropped-series
The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.

What I liked:
- The diversity in this book was great and it felt natural;
- The initial ideas and worldbuilding were fascinating; I'd really like to see more books featuring phoenixes.

What I didn't like:
- The info-dumping was very frequent and interrupted the flow of the story; sometimes pretty much the same things were repeated from different POVs and it got annoying very quic
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

Trigger warning: Mention of death and war. Up till the point I read.


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.
Raquel Baggins
Dec 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, arcs
Uncorrected eARC copy received from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

1.5 ★ : good premise, diversity and disability — predictable and just a bunch of info-dumping
«What did the great heroes do when the sun fell from the sky? They leapt onto those wild flames and learned how to fly»

Review in English | Reseña en español (abajo)
Crown of Feathers is the first instalment of a new epic high fantasy se

”From the ashes I rose, like a phoenix from the pyre.”

Praises from NYT bestselling authors:

"A fierce and incendiary tale of warrior women, sisterhood, and the choices that define us, all set in a soaring new world that readers will fall in love with. I couldn’t put it down."
— Lisa Maxwell, author of the Last Magician series

"The unique and imaginative world of the Phoenix Riders had my rapt attention from the first sentence. Nicki Pau Preto is a bright new talent, and I can't wa
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have only one thing to say: the book does start slow, and soon you’ll drown in historical details and characters. It’s really hard to keep up in the beginning, it’s not an easy read. I compared it to Game of Thrones and I stick to this comparison. I kept reading because I did too with the Game of Thrones series and ended up loving it, so I gave Crown of Feathers a chance... And I’m so happy I did, so much was happening, I wasn’t able to stop reading it! With all the action, the info didn’t see ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, arc
The sort of epic high fantasy that fills up your imagination and heart. Veronyka is a tender soul - I felt for her in her loneliness and betrayal then joy and friendship.

So many elements of this story are done beautifully- Veronyka and Val’s complicated relationship and definitely the magic and mystery behind animage and phoenix.

A must-read!
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hall-of-fame
I was fortunate enough to meet Nicki Pau Preto at the Cassandra Clare signing last weekend in Vancouver (read kind of accidentally ambushed her on the way out of the bathroom). At the time I was halfway through Crown of Feathers and loving it, and I had to tell her that. She was very kind and gracious, so I'm going to say it was a good thing I was only halfway through the book then. Because I'm pretty sure my reaction when I finished this would have scared the crap out of her. THIS WAS AMAZING!! ...more
Helen Power

Veronyka is a war orphan who was raised by her deceased grandmother and her older sister, Val. Veronyka and her sister are "animages", and have the ability to communicate with animals.  This is not uncommon in the world they live in, but ever since the war their kind have been persecuted.  Val and Veronyka want nothing more than to become Phoenix Riders, like the heroes who fought during the war.

After a terrible betrayal, Veronyka flees from her sister and finds a sanctuary for her kind,
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
Ok the cover stopped me dead in my tracks cause there's only one thing I love more than owls & that's a Pheonix! *MAJOR HEART EYES* a world ruled by warrior queens?!?! a story about sisters at odds?!?! JEEEEEEZ! 2019 can't come fast enough!
Caylynn Bleess
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars

Review coming tomorrow because I am fucking DYING RIGHT NOW. SO GOOD
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Seeing the cover now, my original GIF isn't too far off lol
...who ride into battle on the backs of phoenixes...
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OMFG yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
A bit of a slog. The lore was interesting, but it really was "Info Dump: The Book". It could have been great with some editing.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Ughhh I have no idea what to say this book! I liked it a lot, but my brain is very tired and I'm still sick which makes writing coherent thoughts hard.

Crown of Feathers follows several young protagonists: Veronyka, Severo, and Tristan. There's also some intervening parts that helped to break up the main POVs. Veronyka is hands down the main character though. We meet her and her sister, Val after they've run away from the destruction of their home town and grandmother's death. All they want is t
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Be a boy. It was simple. it was brilliant. It was exactly what Veronyka would do

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3 / 5

I am a total sucker for two things that this book had to offer: magical creatures, in this case phoenixes, and the trope where "girl disguises herself as boy to join the army" (thanks, Mulan and Tamora Pierce). And Crown of Feathers was good, but as I read more and more YA novels (and just novels in general), to really enjoy a book it has to have that WOW factor.

All her life, the glory and power of the Pho
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the good fortune to get my hands on an early version of Crown of Feathers, and I immediately fell in love with Pau Preto's beautiful writing. I loved the characters, especially Veronyka and her complex relationship with her sister Val. Fans of action, romance, magical characters, and deep world building will adore sinking their teeth into this richly imagined world!
Denia  Books & Baubles
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hold on and buckle up guys, this is going to be a long one. 

First off, it took me 4 days to read this book. FOUR DAYS. Now you may say, "okay, Denia, what's the big deal with that?" Well, I could've read another two books in the time it took me to read that book. It's not so much its length, it was more its content and I'll talk more about that later, but first let me give you a basic rundown of the book. 

So, apparently, the premise of the book doesn't explain the story, according to my boyfrien
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crown of Feathers is the book you never knew you were longing for until you discover it and come to the realisation that you had been craving a tale about fierce Phoenix Riders for some time. The first instalment of a new epic high fantasy adventure series is reminiscent of Game of Thrones; yes, it's that good. It also shares a slow start with GoT in order to set the scene and explain exactly how the world works, but after that, it's all systems go. I loved the incredible detail Pau Preto puts i ...more
Brittany Elizabeth
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of receiving the ARC of Crown of Feathers, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by being given this opportunity!

How am I supposed to write a review for this magnificent book when I can’t even form proper words right now! Guys, Guys, Guys, buy this book. Request it at your library. Do whatever you have to, but support Nicki however you can! Crown of Feathers is beyond superb and I will fight to my death shouting about how incredible this s
This fantasy was enjoyable and moving. Though I was able to predict some of the plot points and character actions, I still enjoyed this first book by Nicky Pau Preto. She starts her story years after a war, with three different young people, Veronyka, Tristan and Sev. All their elders were on the losing side of the war, and each lives in fear of being discovered and enslaved or killed by the winning side. The losing side's animages (people with a magical ability to converse with animals) trained ...more
DNF 49% Ugh! I hate to DNF books, but this didn’t really have a plot. BEWARE OF SPOILERS.
Veronyka is a sixteen year old girl who can communicate with phoenixes. She wants to join the Phoenix Riders, a group of people that ride phoenixes and protect their home. The group is primarily men now, so Veronyka disguised herself as a boy to join their ranks. That is the plot. She joined the riders as a stable hand and that was about it. I was anticipating this one, but it fell short for me😢. This is my
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Nicki is a YA fantasy author living just outside Toronto, Canada. After getting a degree in visual arts, a masters in art history, and a diploma in graphic design, Nicki discovered two things: she loves to escape the real world, and she isn’t interested in a regular 9-5 life. Luckily, her chosen career covers both.

Her YA fantasy debut CROWN OF FEATHERS is out now from Simon Pulse.

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  • Heart of Flames (Crown of Feathers, #2)
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