Thank you so much to Inkyard Press for having me as a part of their blog tour for These Feathered Flames and for giving me access to an eARC of it via NetGalley! I don’t know much about the myth of the firebird, but I definitely liked this book! Also! Today is its release day, so make sure you go and grab your copy ASAP! Amazon|Barnes & Noble|IndieBound
These Feathered Flames 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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 one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.
As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they’ll discover who they can trust, who they can love—and who killed their mother.
With the way this book starts out with Asya and her aunt going to extract the price of magic that the firebird demands from a little girl, I knew I was in for a super interesting and great ride and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Told in alternating points of view from Asya, the firebird, and Izaveta, her twin sister the queen, this book goes through the intrigue and manipulation that it takes to be a monarch as well as the solitude and loneliness that comes from being a powerful symbol and how when family decides to work together and trust each other, it can sometimes be for the better. I really liked Izaveta as a character. The way that she was isolated and honed into the manipulative and untrusting almost queen that she had become was sad, but I also loved how ruthless she was. Asya was fine too- she was definitely more of the soft and questioning sister, and I think when you have both of them working together, you get what you need, both sides of a coin. Plot and pacing wise, I was really engaged throughout the book- it is a rather long book though (almost 500 pages), so don’t think it’s a quick read. There are definitely lots of characters that I want to read more about and I remember seeing something about a book 2, so I’m very excited about that!