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Crown of Feathers

(Crown of Feathers #1)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  10,269 ratings  ·  2,191 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 R
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Simon Pulse
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Miranda Reads
Jun 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook
Oh. My. Gosh.

I hate it. I hate it with a passion.

The pacing - mind numbingly slow.

The characters - horrendously predictable.

AND the entire plot HINGES on a series of completely unnecessary lies - the entire plot would be utterly gone if the people would stop lying about every little thing for like one freaking chapter.

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Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well, isnt this just the most surprising adventure!? i mean, i had no idea phoenixes were what i needed in my life, but now i cant get enough!

its definitely the showcasing of this very under-appreciated magical beast that makes the story so unique. because to be honest, everything else is super familiar. i mean, this story is a YA fantasy trope lovers dream. you have the whole ‘those with magical abilities outcasted and enslaved.’ you can check off ‘girl pretends to be boy to live her best life.
Umairah (Sereadipity)
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 wing
Amy Imogene Reads
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 enjoy reading dense fantasy fiction and I had a hard time connecting to the first 100 pages.

Veronyka and her sister, Val, are two animages on the run from the current
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 thi
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
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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 r
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
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dropped-series, arcs
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
A Book Shrew
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Second Read
This remains one HELL of an epic fantasy. I did this reread as audio instead of my physical copy, and it was incredible. Everything I loved still hits the same, and my one complaint about the beginning still stands, despite how necessary it is.

Full review at A Book Shrew

First Read
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 half
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!
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
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
there are no words that could describe my love for this book :)))

”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
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Can't wait for this! ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019
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 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
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
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,
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! ...more
Jan 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I love it when I stumble upon an amazing book, and even more so when it's the beginning of a series I just know is going to be incredible. More people need to know about this book, it's that good! The world-building is rich and the characters are well developed. The first half was a slow build as it introduced the plot and characters. But then the second half took off and didn't let go.

This is a book about the broken relationship between two sisters, as the world is on the brink of war. Veronyk
Okay, so for like 60% of this book - I was bored out of my damn mind. So much information was being dumped on me left, right, top, down - EVERYWHERE. I honestly didn't care about anything because I was so freaking bored. THEN at like 61%, shit got better. THANK GOD GUYS.

Crown of Feathers was an interesting book that revolved around phoenix riders. Yes, things do happen between a sisterly bond that you wouldn't expect. Some things broke my heart a little bit but there was always some weird myster
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.
Laura ☾
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While I enjoyed the world and the historical aspects, the pacing of this just felt all over the place, and really dragged on in parts!

Crown of Feathers centres on a world which contains Animages, the most proficient of which are Phoenix riders, who are persecuted after a rebellion. This felt a little Mulan-esque to me at points (which is definitely bonus points!).

I found the characterisation of Phoenixes and their magic and intelligence brilliant! And the world itself and the characters were ri
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
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg, what a marvelous book.
Full review coming soon.

Vid review here: on August 16th, 2019
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. No hesitation. This fantasy book was a ✨ piece of art ✨!
I loved the magic, the history and I'm usually not a fan of the politics, but I just wanted to know more.
I absolutely LOVE Veronyka, but I still don't like Val and I don't think I will.
• The worldbuilding is awesome. If you're not a fan of long descriptions, you may have a hard time getting into this, but once you get used to the writing style, you won't want to leave.
• We have multiple
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-release, lgbtq
4.5/5 stars
Life was easier when you didn't care - or so he'd thought. He'd spent so much time afraid of hurting, of losing everything again, that he'd forgotten life wasn't worth living - worth saving - if you had nothing to live for.

Now that I've read this book for the second time, I'm finally posting a review of it.

This book is absolutely brilliant. The story is unique and fun to read, the characters are all intriguing and easy to fall in love with, and the mysteries are cleverly hidden
Jodi Meadows
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great characters and worldbuilding. The one part made me cry a little.
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Well - I wanted to love this book a lot more than I did.

First off obviously the cover is gorgeous, but I am assuming that the phoenix is supposed to be Xephyra - so where is all the violet plumage that she is described to have? Also the map doesn't show the country that Pyra split off from? I love a good fantasy map but this doesn't show a lot of the locations mentioned, some major, and I don't like it at all.

The majority of the first 75% of the book was not necessarily boring, but a LOT of mili
Sam Glasbrenner (Sassyowlreads)
This book was absolutely amazing! I love the concept of Phoenix Riders and there were so many twists that I was an emotional wreck by the end.
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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.

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