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These Feathered Flames

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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, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only
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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published 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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Lex Kent
3.75 Stars. This was a good read. It had a few bumps but it was well written, especially for a debut. While I know a few Russian folktales, I knew nothing about this one besides The Firebird name. I can’t say how close this was to the original tale, but I liked this book in comparison to other YA fantasy. There was a lot of stuff in here that was well done and it didn’t feel like something I had read twenty times already. I’m not sure if this is planned to be just a duology or a series, but I wi ...more
theresa
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alexandra Overy weaves a gorgeous, intricate tale of intrigue, betrayal and magic in These Feathered Flames. Exploring complicated (to say the least) sister relationships, what it means to be a monster and the power of choice against the backdrop of a lushly developed Russian inspired fantasy world, this novel rekindles the ancient myth of the Firebird for a modern audience. Masterfully written, These Feathered Flames will leave you reeling and desperate for more.

I loved this book! The plot is s
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anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: lesbian mc & li
tw: blood, fire, torture, death

Review also on Reads Rainbow. ARC provided by the publisher.

Do you ever just sit there longing for a Slavic-inspired fantasy book, with names that actually make sense, and where the “Slavic-inspired” part isn’t just an aesthetic but instead is what makes the whole plot and the world work? Boy, do I have a treat for you!

These Feathered Flames has a lot to offer, and the fact that it’s deeply rooted in Russian culture is actually just the tip of t
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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
rania | rania’s rambling reads
4.5 stars

Thank you Netgalley, along with the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

These Feathered Flames traces the undying love between two sisters, who were separated at a very young age, due to their family’s traditions, and for the safety of their kingdom. Izaveta, spent her years at the royal palace, studying the politics of court and preparing to become the next queen, after her mother. Asya, on the other hand was sent away to
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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
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
Miranda
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had vaguely seen this book around before its release, so I had it on my radar to eventually check for it at my local library. The more I saw people excited for it the more I thought about preordering it. I finally picked up a copy because I could not resist the wonderful preorder campaign and goodies. This was another book I buddy read with my friend Brie, and we both really enjoyed it!

Alexandra Overy’s These Feathered Flames is a queer retelling of a Russian folktale called “The Firebird.” T
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Iris
I received an eARC of this from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my opinions in any way.

Sisters? Magic? Murder? Complicated court politics? Questions of morality? Sapphics? Bears? These Feathered Flames has it all.

This is one of those books where, even if it didn't quite reach a five star level for me, I have very little in the way of actual criticism. I noted in one of my status updates that I wished I'd read this as a young teen, because had I read it back the
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birdie
this book is worth all my keyboard smashes. i'm in so much pain right now. it's been WEEKS since i finished this and i've yet to gather some coherent thoughts and to stop crying over the ending that i've reread eight times now.

yeah...eight times. i cried eight times too so no, i'm obviously not okay.

these feathered flames is a ya fantasy inspired by russian folklore. with beautiful prose it gives us so much, but let me just summarise it for you:

- an intriguing and unique magic system
- beautiful
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Sarah
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fiction
update 25 may; just finished the audiobook and it is GLORIOUS

I had the privilege to read an early version of this and Y'ALL ARE NOT READY. Sisterhood! Fire! Adorable bears! Intrigue! MORE FIRE
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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
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
The author said there would be "slow burn romance, monsters trying to be human and bears you can ride" so of course I must read it! ...more
Celia McMahon
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Alexandra weaves her gorgeous writing into a story, unlike anything you've ever read before. At its heart, this is a story about sisters and the complicated relationship and what it means to hold power. The worldbuilding in this novel is stellar. We have a backdrop of Russian folklore, which is my favorite of all the folklores if I had to choose.


The way Overy writes her differing POV's is so skillful, found myself taking notes. Paired with the court intrigue and the secrets withheld, the tensio
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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!
Althea
3.5/5 Stars

These Feathered Flames is a gorgeous YA retelling of the Russian folklore The Firebird, and was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021, despite me not knowing a thing about the original tale! The book follows twins, Izaveta and Asya, who were separated in their youth so that they may one day fulfil the roles brought upon them as twin heirs – Izaveta must become the next ruler of Tóurin, whereas Asya is destined to become the Firebird and take payment from those who use magic with
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Cass™
May 12, 2021 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2021
DNF

I just couldn’t get through it. The concept sounded so fantastic in the synopsis, just right up my alley, but once I started reading it gave the worst reading slump I have experienced in a long time. Even till this day, I am struggling to pick up a book.

The one good thing from this is that I have finally come to the realization that I fully outgrown YA. It is very, very rare the YA book that brings me any sort of joy now. Which I am perfectly okay with. I knew this time would come, and I’m g
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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)
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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Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Wow I really didn't like this. I'm shocked. I've been looking forward to this one for a while and I was just so bored. It started out well enough, but I honestly think I was only into the first 20-30% of it. Afterward, it just dragged and I felt like I couldn't connect with anything.

Let me see if I can explain this next critique adequately enough... there were a lot of Russian words in here. And I couldn't tell if they were actual Russian words or if they were words that just sounded Russian. Ye
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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.
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 😩
diana
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on My Bookish Escapades.

"Izaveta's gaze caught on the serene face of Saint Lyoza, the girl who'd made a bargain with a witch to grow claws and then gouged out the eyes of those who wronged her. A woman who refused to crumble beneath what people expected."

I need someone to please tell me I'm getting book two today.

I don't know what I love more- the beautiful writing, the relentlessly addictive plot, the uncertain, loyal and complex bond between Iza and Asya, the enemies
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Jesse Ruth (I need all the book boyfriends please)
These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy was everything I wanted in a retelling of The Firebird and more!

Asya and Izaveta are sisters that go on their separate paths early in life. Asya to follow her aunt, Tarya, the reigning Firebird, and Izaveta to follow in their mother's footsteps, the Queen. When the Queen suddenly dies, Asya and Izaveta must assume their designated roles even as they question everything. The sisters are once again reunited and this is when the story really takes off.
I ado
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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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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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