Crown of Feathers | Nicki Pau Preto | Review

“Some families you were born into. Others you made along the way.”





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 from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.


This book seemed so unique to me, apart from Fawkes from Harry Potter I haven’t really met many phoenix characters within books. They are such beautiful mythical creatures that I knew I needed to read this book.

I read this as a buddy read with a few of my friends on bookstagram. We started to read this in the Christmas week however I got 200 pages in and just put the book down, not picking it up again until a week later. Now, I’m not sure whether it was the time of year I was reading it, christmas was a very busy time as I was working and trying to get round to family so not a lot of reading was done in the week I was meant to be reading this. I did struggle to find the motivation to pick Crown of Feathers up, I can’t decide whether it is because I just wasn’t reading it at the right time or whether it is the book for some unknown reason that made me not find the urge to read it. I’m still baffled by this.

I did enjoy this book, I feel like the first 200 pages are really difficult to get into. There is a lot of world building which can get boring on occasions because there isn’t a great amount going on. I now know after finishing the book that this is 100% necessary and wish I had powered through and continued with the book instead of putting it down for a period of time. I would advise that if you are thinking of picking up this book that you are aware there is a lot of world building to start, but to persevere because it is worth it in the end.

I hated Val with a passion, she was just an arse throughout the book. The more I read of her the more I wanted to punch her in the face. Okay, maybe now I’ve finished I understand a bit more about why she is the way that she is but I can’t shake how truly awful she was to Nyka throughout the book. Nyka is such a wonderful character, many times I wanted to jump through the book and give her a hug. I really connected with her and just wanted to read more and more about her. I also loved Tristan and his relationship with Nyka it was so beautiful in so many different ways. I hate romance but this would be a welcome one for me, I really enjoy both characters and want to see how they develop further. The only character that I really struggled to build a connection with is Sev. I did not like him as a character, but I think it was because there wasn’t enough of him which made it difficult to build the said connection. I’m sure if I see more of him this will change.

This book definitely deserves the hype that it is receiving. It is really well thought out and the plot twists I did not see coming and that ending was brilliant. It immediately left me wanting the next book. I have a new favourite mystical animal and I am now looking for books with phoenixes in. If you know any please let me know! Also if you know how I can become a phoenix rider let me know, I am definitely interested in a career change!

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