Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Preto (Crown of Feathers #3)
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: who loved weddings? Like I like weddings that I know people at hut this wedding I kinda knew like 3 people but wasn’t given a plus one so I had to be on. And on the whole weekend. But in order to do that I drank all the things and here I am
In the heart-stopping finale to the Crown of Feathers trilogy, which #1 New York Times bestselling author Kendare Blake calls “absolutely unforgettable,” Veronyka must face her most devastating enemy yet: her own sister.
I had a sister, once…
Veronyka is no longer an orphaned stable boy or a nameless Phoenix Rider apprentice: she is the daughter of Pheronia Ashfire, the last queen of the Golden Empire…and the niece of Avalkyra Ashfire, the resurrected rebel queen who tore the empire apart.
We shone brightly, burned fiercely.
Now that the secret is out, everyone at the Eyrie treats Veronyka differently, and with Tristan still a hostage of the scheming Lord Rolan—and Sev with him as a spy—Veronyka feels very much alone. Except for her beloved phoenix, Xephyra, of course, and her new friend, Kade, who has his own reasons for wanting to save Tristan.
Was it always going to come down to this? Sister against sister? Darkness against light?
Veronyka is determined to do whatever it takes to get Tristan back, even if that means revealing her identity to the world and inheriting a throne she’s not sure she wants. But when she discovers that Avalkyra has bonded with a strix—a legendary creature of darkness that feeds off the life force of others—Veronyka realizes she has more to deal with than an encroaching war with the empire. Val is willing to destroy everything to get her revenge on a world that rejected her, and if Veronyka wants to bring peace to the empire and Pyra alike, she must face down her sister once and for all.
The world began with Ashfire queens…perhaps they will also be its destruction
Drunk Overview: this is the third book in the series so if you haven’t read them then get out or don’t but know you’re gonna be spoiled.
So main bae Varonyca has just figured out she’s the heir to the throne and she’s bonded to Tristan and also her sister Val or Alvalkiera (dunno how to spell it) but that sucks cause Val like… took Ada vantage and shouldn’t have. ANYWAY. They’re tryna figure out how to play nice with the government while avoiding war and not getting killed by the egomania that id Val. K? K..
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I’m so happy I finished this series. I usually prefer adult books but I liked these enough to care and remember the previus books because they were different enough from the normal beats that YA had. Just. I’m happy
Characters: so the characters in this don’t change nearly as much as you’d expect in a finale. Usually you get a lot of growth but what makes this series weird is that the relationships are relatively healthy and the ones that shouldn’t be weren’t. Like…. Sorry this is hard to explain but… usually in YA the romantic interests have some sort of miscommunication and that causes problems but not in this. What we get as far as development is with Sev. He is annoyingly like “I don’t matter I don’t have a phoenix. I’m not of any value blah blah annoying.” But the speech to get him out of that was so wonderful…
Anyway, I love all my kids in this. I liked new surprise characters too. Not mad about those in any way.
Plot: this was a very good wrap up to the story. While I had years between books I still didn’t forget anything and that is a tough thing to do. It somehow both followed all the traditional beats and was unique at the same time and I loved it.
World Building: we don’t get much new world building, but you don’t expect that in a series finale. Anyway. This was fab.
What to pair it with: a well rounded red blend. So so yummy all the time.
Rating: 4/5 shots
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,