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These Feathered Flames

(These Feathered Flames #1)

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A queer retelling of “The Firebird,” a Russian folktale

When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed, t
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Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: April 20th 2021 by Inkyard Press
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    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    why has no one informed me about this yet it has f/f enemies to lovers, y'all are useless ...more
    Alexandra Overy
    Sep 18, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
    UPDATE 6 August 2020:
    Thanks so much to all the early readers! As more early copies are making their way out into the world, I just wanted to add some content warnings. They'll be listed on my website too, but for reference:
    - Death of a parent
    - Emotional and physical abuse
    - On page death
    - Fantasy violence
    If you have read it and think I missed anything here, please let me know and I'll be sure to update it!

    UPDATE 14 July 2020:
    Click HERE for a link to all the places you can pre-order or request ARC
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    anna (½ of readsrainbow)
    (slavic lesbian voice) WE'RE IN

    also i'm in love w this cover, thanks for asking
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    Angelica
    May 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
    I love me a good pair of magical siblings. Let's do this! ...more
    Gabriella
    This. Is. Fantastic. This was the story I didn’t know I desperately wanted. This is about a pair of twins who were born into the same world but were forced into different roles, who are vastly different yet are bound by unwavering sisterhood. These twins, their questionable yet relatable morals, their agency, their intense capacity to love…Alexandra Overy, you have freaking slayed me. Asya and Izaveta are two halves of a whole in more ways than one, and their sisterhood is an absolute gem to rea ...more
    ale ♡
    Feb 22, 2021 marked it as to-read
    SAPPHICS? F/F ENEMIES TO LOVERS? RUSSIAN FOLKLORE? WHERE THE HELL HAS BEEN THIS BOOK BEFORE?????? I NEED THIS, HELL YES
    kaylie
    Jan 22, 2021 marked it as to-read
    THE SAPPHICS KEEP BLESSING ME

    ARCCCCC

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    theresa
    Jul 13, 2020 marked it as unreleased
    Shelves: 21-releases, lgbtq, wlw-mc
    f/f enemies to lovers?? a cinnamon roll monster?? a devious princess?? a snarky soft boy scholar?? russian folklore?? bears you can ride?? YES PLEASE SIGN ME THE FUCK UP

    I also talk about books here: youtube | instagram | twitter
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    Sarah
    Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: ya-fiction
    I had the privilege to read an early version of this and Y'ALL ARE NOT READY. Sisterhood! Fire! Adorable bears! Intrigue! MORE FIRE ...more
    nadia | notabookshelf
    someone: hey theres a new YA fanatsy
    me:
    someone: based on russian folklore and i th-
    me: want to read want to read want to read
    Iris
    HELLO EXCUSE ME WHAT THE FUCK HOW IS IT JUST OVER LIKE THAT I NEED THE NEXT BOOK OMFG WHAT THE HELL I'M NOT OKAY I NEED BOOK TWO PLS PLS PLS MY GIRLS I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS I NEED THEM TO BE OKAY OMG OMG OMGGGGG

    help

    I'm a wreck

    wow

    I'm not okay

    I will say the epilogue made exactly zero sense to me, and the beginning was a bit slow, but! I'm sure the epilogue will clear up when I read the next book, and I got through the beginning fine, so yeah I'm just !!! ahhhhh !!!

    I spent the last 15% or so o
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    Z.R. Ellor
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I read an early version of this and you all need to prepare to absolutely fall in love with these two sisters and the magic that binds and divides them!
    Allison Saft
    Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    These Feathered Flames was full of delightfully twisty court intrigue, manipulations, and betrayals--but also thoughtful reflections on the weight of duty and the impact of upbringing vs. choice on who we become. I LOVED the f/f romance in this book, but what shone brightest for me was the fraught, loving relationship at the heart of this book: one between the two main characters, sisters Asya and Izaveta. Pick this one up in 2021!!
    enqi ☁️✨
    Dec 17, 2020 marked it as to-read
    f/f enemies to lovers, epic magic, fantastic sister vibes, bears, and russian folklore.

    I NEED THIS BOOK ASAP
    Landice (Manic Femme Reviews)
    Just finished and These Feathered Flames was every bit as excellent as I expected it to be! Absolutely obsessed and already clamoring for This Cursed Crown!!! More extensive review to come but this is a book you’re not going to want to miss!

    ARC Note: Thanks to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for this digital ARC! All opinions are my own.

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    Laura Namey
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I was lucky enough to read an early version of this book and it is stunning. Get ready, fantasy lovers!
    dani
    Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I need the sequel like yesterday.
    MichelleM
    Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    These Feathered Flames was a delightful read and one I cannot wait to read again. Thank you Netgalley for letting me read an ARC of this story.

    The story follows two sisters, Asya and Izaveta, separated by fate. Izaveta has been raised to navigate the intrigues of court, while Asya is to be the next firebird, roaming the world to ensure the price of magic is paid. When circumstances bring the sisters back together, they must decide if they can trust each other as they once did.

    The story was beaut
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    Brinley
    These Feathered Flames is truly a masterpiece. Every piece of its world is crafted masterfully, with attention to even the smallest details. Every character is conflicted and compelling. Every second of this kept me hooked, and even the worldbuilding was interesting. This book needs to be read and savored, because every little bit of it is intricate,

    One of the things that stood out to me so completely was the world-building. In the blurb, this is compared to Wicked Saints, which I just read and
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    ☀︎El In Oz☀︎
    Russian folklore inspired fantasy with enemies to lovers romance?? And sisters?? Hehe yes pls
    ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω
    They snagged me with just the "Russian folktale retelling" in the blurb🙌 Gimme all the Russian folktale inspired stories! ...more
    Katie
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Full review to come, but reader, You. Are. Not. Ready.
    A brief summary via emoji:
    😍😍💜💜😍😍
    Ashley
    Feb 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: 2021april
    BEARS YOU CAN RIDE? YES, PLEASE. If these are anything like Iorek i might die & go to heaven. ALSO- this sounds freakin fantastic! Too bad it won’t be released until 2021 😩
    Lina
    Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
    3.5/5

    This book is more or less your typical YA high fantasy, so I didn't love it (though im sure a lot of people will). The characters were fine, though most of them I didn't find to be super compelling. However, the politics, sibling relationship, and romance did add a level of intrigue to the story.
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    Michelle
    Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

    3.5 - 4 stars

    These Feathered Flames is a good political fantasy story that follows twin sisters Asya and Izaveta. Destined at birth for one to become the next queen and the other to become the Firebird, a powerful being who maintains magical balance by tracking down those who have not paid a price for their use of magic, the two reunited after their mother's death and are thrown into a world of political and
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    Gretal
    Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
    So I wasn't really connecting to this book for the first two-thirds (I think because everything going on in the world lol had me a little distracted and not in the right mood), but that last third, everything clicked into place and I absolutely loved it. I definitely look forward to rereading this and hope that when I do, I click with all of it. ...more
    Shireen Hakim
    Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Recommends it for: women
    "How was it her sister was taken to live with a monster but Izaveta had become one?"
    This highly anticipated YA Fantasy Fiction is a spooky fairy tale: part Anna Karenina meets The Hazel Wood meets the Parent Trap meets Frozen.
    Though there are twin sister protagonists, it is Asya/Firebird who wins readers hearts with her endless dedication to her sister and other loved ones. (Or maybe she just won my heart because my niece's name is Asiyah.)
    Otherwise the twisted smiles and cold stares from the p
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    Meghan
    Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: library
    This book was received as an ARC from Inkyard Press - OwnVoices in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

    I am a huge fan of female protagonists especially sisters that ban together to achieve a common cause and bring themselves closer together than never before. Izaveta and Asya discover their skills and powers and Izaveta after finding out the queen has been taken away by a firebird and its now Izaveta in line for the crown. Asya was
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    Vanessa
    Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely adored this book! Alexandra has created a fascinating, vivid world, inspired by Russian folklore. The set-up of the two sisters wielding power in different spheres of the kingdom feels really fresh and dynamic.

    The book goes deep into the characters' heads, and I love that the characters are given a full context, and are allowed to make mistakes - they always feel like real, living people.

    And I loooved the sunshine/hard-ass romance.

    I can't wait to find out what happens next!
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    Laurie
    Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book definitely lived up to my expectations. Based on a Russian folk tale, "These Feathered Flames" has plenty of court intrigue, action, magic, romance, amazing world-building, and some interesting plot twists. It's going to be a long wait for the sequel, but totally worth it.

    Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC.
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    Alexandra grew up in London and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her undergraduate degree in history at UCLA, followed by her MFA in screenwriting also at UCLA. She loves writing in all formats, from novels to screenplays to graphic novels, always centring on fierce women and morally grey characters, often with a bit of magic and murder. Her debut novel, These Feathered Flames, releases April 20 202 ...more

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