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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Wings of Shadow

  1. 4 out of 5

    Eilidh

    Maybe if I was an animage like our Phoenix Rider friends, the wait for this book wouldn’t be so bad 😩

  2. 4 out of 5

    Callum

    Like with the first two books in the Crown of Feathers trilogy, there is so much I could talk about in this book, and this could go on forever. To keep it simple for me and you, I’m going to talk about my three favorite things from this book that do NOT contain spoilers. The first thing is the bond between Veronyka and Avalkyra. I didn’t think their connection could become any more interesting after the end of Heart of Flames, but Nicki Pau Preto took everything I thought I know about shadow magi Like with the first two books in the Crown of Feathers trilogy, there is so much I could talk about in this book, and this could go on forever. To keep it simple for me and you, I’m going to talk about my three favorite things from this book that do NOT contain spoilers. The first thing is the bond between Veronyka and Avalkyra. I didn’t think their connection could become any more interesting after the end of Heart of Flames, but Nicki Pau Preto took everything I thought I know about shadow magic, turned it on it’s head, and made it a million times better. The magic of shadowmages in this series is probably my favorite form of magic in anything—whether it be movie, tv, or book. It is so rich in detail, so interesting, and rooted in the connections people form with those closest to them. Next, I loved the addition of the chapters told from Sparrow’s point of view. From hen Sparrow first walked onto the page in Crown of Feathers, I, along with several other people in the First Riders Street Team, thought she was one of the most interesting characters in the series. Getting a look inside her head, and seeing the world the way she does (in Sparrow’s case this is especially interesting because she is blind and uses her animal magic to help move through the world), is something I’ve wanted since Book 1 and I am so grateful Nicki let us have some. My last big thing I want to talk about right now is Sev. Sev has steadily moved up in my list of favorite characters after each book and now he is a close second (sorry, but Avalkyra will always be my favorite). Sev in this book is so interesting, so raw, so emotional, and, in his own way, so powerful. In many ways, Sev is the character I think I am most similar to, and I loved how his journey has progressed from the beginning to the end. I’ve said this in other places before, and I’m going to say it again here: Nicki has made my life so much easier by writing this book, because now when I am asked if I have a favorite, I can say this one. I’ve never cried, laughed, smiled, or felt so much while reading a book before. And I think Wings of Shadow will never fail to make me feel all of these feelings again. I cannot think of a more just way to end this series, or a series that has a more satisfying ending. I cannot believe this series is over. I cannot believe how much this series changed my life since I first read Crown of Feathers when it came out in February 2019. These books, this world, the character—especially my queen—and all of the friends I have made in the Crown of Feathers fandom will be with me for the rest of my life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    3'5-4* This is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, I loved the first and third book the most :) Also, I feel seen due to the relationship between Veronyka and Val, because not everyone comes from "normal" families, so I appreciate to see people surviving toxic relationships in books. More on my upcoming review, which will be on line on August 4, 2021 here https://youtu.be/hkZCqZ9DA3Y 3'5-4* This is a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, I loved the first and third book the most :) Also, I feel seen due to the relationship between Veronyka and Val, because not everyone comes from "normal" families, so I appreciate to see people surviving toxic relationships in books. More on my upcoming review, which will be on line on August 4, 2021 here https://youtu.be/hkZCqZ9DA3Y

  4. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    4.25 I would definitely go on the record and say that this was an improvement and a solid conclusion to the Crown of Feathers trilogy. Nicki Pau Preto really executed her vision. Overall this series was always just going to be good for me. There were elements that just didn't sit right with me and I was truly hoping those elements would be handled differently going forward. Although it took three books we finally got there. The characterization in Wings of Shadow were chefs kiss. All the character 4.25 I would definitely go on the record and say that this was an improvement and a solid conclusion to the Crown of Feathers trilogy. Nicki Pau Preto really executed her vision. Overall this series was always just going to be good for me. There were elements that just didn't sit right with me and I was truly hoping those elements would be handled differently going forward. Although it took three books we finally got there. The characterization in Wings of Shadow were chefs kiss. All the characters had there time to shine from Veronyka to Tristan and all the way down Sev and Sparrow. The only character for me who struggled and has always struggled was Val. Now prepare for spoilers if you haven't read this series, Val as the villain was just not cutting it for me. A villain with no motive besides selfishness and anger falls right below the red line. Crown of Feathers - 3.5/5 Heart of Flames - 3.5/5 Wings of Shadow - 4.25/5 Crown of Feathers Trilogy - 11.25/15 As for the story, Wings of Shadow had the most consistent and well paced plot in the entire trilogy. It was a very strong and well paced story from beginning to end. The only qualm I have with the story is that the ending fight was great, but rushed. Which I mean happens for most YA novels nowadays, so nothing to major. All in all, Wings of Shadow and the entire Crown of Feathers trilogy was a good series. I am glad I gave this series a try because it truly got better and better with each book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucky

    With the cliffhanger in book 2, I don’t know how I’ll survive this year!!! I could barely even make a week waiting for this book! Nicki Pau Preto is an evil genius! If anyone deserves a real Phoenix of their own, it would be her!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shayla

    Book 2 was left on such a cliffhanger and I can't wait for the third to come out❤. This series is absolutely amazing and I was so drawn into the story Book 2 was left on such a cliffhanger and I can't wait for the third to come out❤. This series is absolutely amazing and I was so drawn into the story

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nainika

    AHHH! I can't believe it. This series is over and I feel content. I really do. This book took my expectations and blew them out of the water, literally, because it was everything that the trilogy needed in an ending and ghA. The characters were so vivid, so real, so messy, so emotional, and so....perfect? I loved every single one of them (even Val because she had a story that was not perfect, but somehow I liked her even through her so-called villainy) The plot wrapped up really nicely and nothin AHHH! I can't believe it. This series is over and I feel content. I really do. This book took my expectations and blew them out of the water, literally, because it was everything that the trilogy needed in an ending and ghA. The characters were so vivid, so real, so messy, so emotional, and so....perfect? I loved every single one of them (even Val because she had a story that was not perfect, but somehow I liked her even through her so-called villainy) The plot wrapped up really nicely and nothing felt slow or too fast for me to catch up, in fact I read so fast the words blurred in my brain...still mentally dizzy ;) But honestly just an awesome series that is one of my new favorites in the genre!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura ☾

    This was actually my favourite book out of the series! Veronyka became just a stronger and stronger protagonist, and I really enjoyed watching her (and her Phoenix's) development! Although, I have to say that Sev, who I really enjoyed as a character in the previous book, really got on my nerves in this one! This was actually my favourite book out of the series! Veronyka became just a stronger and stronger protagonist, and I really enjoyed watching her (and her Phoenix's) development! Although, I have to say that Sev, who I really enjoyed as a character in the previous book, really got on my nerves in this one!

  9. 4 out of 5

    USOM

    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for free. It does not impact my review which is honest and unbiased. Wings of Shadow is the finale I was waiting for from the beginning. Preto delivers a satisfying, tear inducing ending that will make you want to re-read from the beginning. There’s a cosmic rightness to this book, moments where you step back and want to appreciate all the threads Preto is weaving together. It’s sheer majesty and if you finished Heart of Flames and loved it, t Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher for free. It does not impact my review which is honest and unbiased. Wings of Shadow is the finale I was waiting for from the beginning. Preto delivers a satisfying, tear inducing ending that will make you want to re-read from the beginning. There’s a cosmic rightness to this book, moments where you step back and want to appreciate all the threads Preto is weaving together. It’s sheer majesty and if you finished Heart of Flames and loved it, then you don’t need me to tell you to read Wings of Shadow. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts. Wings of Shadow will hit all your emotional highs and lows. The way that Preto showcases complex sisterhood with a capital C. All the themes of change, re-creation and re-birth, and how we have to see the value in ourselves – chefs kiss! This epic finale is jam packed with action and an expansive feeling of scale. It’s a thick book, but it’s just what the doctor ordered after Heart of Flames! Featuring characters which have stolen my heart - I love me some good ruthlessness – Preto allows the characters to take off in Wings of Shadow. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  10. 4 out of 5

    megan

    I don't think there will ever be words to properly describe how much this book means to me and how good it was. I spent almost a month reading this book because I was so scared for this series to be over and literally as I sit here writing this review I'm starting to cry. If you do nothing else in your reading journey, please make sure the Crown of Feathers series is on it. oookKAY now to actually review this book. Wings of Shadow is the third and final book of the Crown of Feathers trilogy. Up t I don't think there will ever be words to properly describe how much this book means to me and how good it was. I spent almost a month reading this book because I was so scared for this series to be over and literally as I sit here writing this review I'm starting to cry. If you do nothing else in your reading journey, please make sure the Crown of Feathers series is on it. oookKAY now to actually review this book. Wings of Shadow is the third and final book of the Crown of Feathers trilogy. Up to this point we have followed multiple perspectives of an empire torn apart. We have Veronyka our main main character who has aspired to be a phoenix rider all her life. Val, her sister and (view spoiler)[ secretly a resurrected queen (hide spoiler)] Tristan, the phoenix rider commander's son and Veronyka's love interest. Sev, an animage soldier turned spy; and many many many wonderful more characters. As you can expect from a final book we are following the final battle between our two sisters and where it will leave this empire. First of all we need to talk about this WORLD. Nicki has done a phenomenal job of building this world including history that just builds upon what is currently happening. I annotated this book and tabbed so many "interesting history" tidbits. One of my particular favorites was learning about the (view spoiler)[ apex/benex bond between Nefyra/Callysta and how one pretty much TELEPORTED through shadowmage ability when the other fell off a phoenix in battle. That was so INTENSE. (hide spoiler)] Also the different settings and ways the phoenixes interacted in those settings. THE CHARACTERS THE CHARACTER THE CHARACTERS. I am 100% a character driven story lover and this story does NOT disappoint in that department. I feel like I could write an essay about each of these characters and the impact and emotional depth they provide to the story even down to the side characters. Everyone matters in this world which is why every single death that did happen hurt. Even though I could touch on every single one of these characters my favorite is of course Veronyka. Seeing her come into her confidence was so heartwarming and her leadership skills are so genuine. I love everything about her. (view spoiler)[ Also the scene where she meets her dad and grandma may be one of my absolute favorite scenes in the entire book. (hide spoiler)] The PLOOOTTTT. I swear, I'm a character driven story line person as I already said but this book is ALSO plot driven?! How does Nicki even do it?! There are so many twists and turns and elements I did not expect. I am very very focused and paid attention to details and there were moments I was able to guess things but for the most part I was shocked at every turn. This story gripped me from the start and held on tight to my heart until the very last page. Thank you Nicki for writing this incredible world that I could watch grow and build a little phoenix riders patrol around myself. I will forever be grateful for this story and what it gave me. Okay, I'm gonna go cry some more now - bye!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I am emotional. The amazing trilogy that is Crown of Feathers is over. The ride has ended, the Phoenixes have landed, and Wings of Shadow has been released. WoS is a spectacular end to a long story, filled with rich world building, edge of your seat action, and fantastic characters, human and animal alike, that you can't help but feel are as real as we are. There aren't many books coming out today, not just in the YA sphere but in all of US Publishing that reaches the level of world building that I am emotional. The amazing trilogy that is Crown of Feathers is over. The ride has ended, the Phoenixes have landed, and Wings of Shadow has been released. WoS is a spectacular end to a long story, filled with rich world building, edge of your seat action, and fantastic characters, human and animal alike, that you can't help but feel are as real as we are. There aren't many books coming out today, not just in the YA sphere but in all of US Publishing that reaches the level of world building that Nicki Pau Preto has achieved here. Pyra and the Golden Empire is quite simply alive. With its history, its queens, its language, its battles, and its variety of magical people it reaches Lord of the Rings level of epic. That’s right, I compared this trilogy to the most famous high fantasy series of our age because it deserves it. Crown of Feathers could be this generation’s LOTR, if only we gave it the chance to be. Wings of Shadow starts off almost immediately after CoF book two, Heart of Flames ends. Our heroes are separated, the world is at war, and everything is uncertain. I’m not gonna lie, I was worried that everything that needed to be resolved would not fit into this 600+ page tome. I should have known better. WoS is the best installment yet and everything is wrapped up in such an impressively satisfying way that had me clutching the book with tears streaming down my face as I finished it. What drives this book is of course its epic, finalizing plot, but also the characters that we have come to know, love, hate, and fight over. I feel like I know these characters better than I know my family and that is all down to how well Pau Preto portrays the intricacies of bonds, bond between family, between friends, lovers, and companions. Nothing in life is simple and Pau Preto’s work reflects that. Nothing in this trilogy is one note. Everything is thought out, but none of it is predictable, almost as if we are watching our own history unfold instead of reading a story. Personally, I could read about the Phoenix Riders and their bondmates forever. I would love a series of spin off stories about some of the secondary characters, all of them from Sparrow and Elliot to Sev and Kade to just the phoenixes themselves interacting! Speaking of the phoenixes themselves, they are such an important part of Pau Preto’s world that I would be remiss not to mention them. I work with birds (smaller unfortunately than these majestic birds of lore) and I will always be in awe of how well written these animals they are. They are characters in every sense of the word, they have bigger than life personalities and I love that they are shown as such. It is easy to think of birds as just being animals but once you get to know them individually they really do have minds of their own that shine out! What originally drew me to the story in 2019 was the phoenixes and all these years later they are still my favorite part. What I wouldn’t give to have a bondmate of my own! There is a certain type of longing that comes from reading a fantasy such as this, one that makes you want to leave our world behind, to be chosen, to be sent on a quest, to gain a bond with a phoenix. I haven’t felt that special type of longing in years and I’m so grateful that this trilogy has given me that, both figuratively and literally in my case as I am one of the lucky few who has been alongside Nicki as she went on her own epic journey of giving the public her fantasy world. I think WoS will always have a special place in my heart because I’m in it. I’m in the acknowledgements along with several of my friends from the First Riders Street Team. It has been the greatest pleasure getting to help people discover this series. The bonds I’ve made will outlast anything and I’m so grateful to Nicki for letting us join her on this wildly fun ride!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Review of this novel will come later this year. I just want to say that Crown of Feathers is amongst my all-time favourite fantasy series and I think Wings of Shadow is a very strong final novel (that it gave me the closure that I sought for with a hint of hopefulness & openness that guarantees a lot of food for thoughts)! N.B. This book contains following content warnings: violence, emotional blackmail / abuse, grief, blood mention, weapons, and death (4.5 stars out of 5)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    i love this series with my whole heart <3

  14. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My non-spoiler review of it is: I LOVED IT!!! IT WAS SO GOOD. I LOVE A CHARACTER WHO COMES INTO THEIR OWN. I LOVE A RELATIONSHIP THAT IS BUILT ON TRUST AND COMMUNICATION. It’s so good. So without further ado, I will be discussing Wings of Shadow so if you don’t want to be spoiled, get out. I deeply loved both CoF and HoF, so stepping into this world was like coming home in the best way. The book picks up not too long after the end of Heart of Flames. Tristan is being held hostage, Sev is being a s My non-spoiler review of it is: I LOVED IT!!! IT WAS SO GOOD. I LOVE A CHARACTER WHO COMES INTO THEIR OWN. I LOVE A RELATIONSHIP THAT IS BUILT ON TRUST AND COMMUNICATION. It’s so good. So without further ado, I will be discussing Wings of Shadow so if you don’t want to be spoiled, get out. I deeply loved both CoF and HoF, so stepping into this world was like coming home in the best way. The book picks up not too long after the end of Heart of Flames. Tristan is being held hostage, Sev is being a spy for the Phoenix riders, and Veronyka is finally out to the others as an Ashfire. And our vengeful antagonist, Avalkyra, is plotting to take everything and everyone down. This book has quite a bit of politics in it but not so much that it bogs anything down. In the grand scheme of things, I’m honestly surprised more didn’t happen in this book. This book is full of lots of planning and internal moments, and small movements. And yet it always feels like things are moving or you’re enraptured by the character’s pov. Because the characters do really shine. Veronyka’s growth has been the best in the series and it’s so good to finally see her accept herself, her power, her role in a way that befits her. It’s so nice to have a main character who isn’t bratty or whiny, or snarky. Veronyka is kind. Brave. Good. It’s refreshing. And I really liked that she would take the throne gladly for peace. And that when the time really came and she could have done something to “save” people, she didn’t do the selfless thing. She said no because it was the best thing in the long run. Tristan and Veronyka finally get properly together, and it’s so nice. They love and respect and TRUST each other. I love a good relationship. And there’s absolutely no “I must protect you” or even the slightest bit of jealousy of Tristan being less powerful or second to Veronyka. LOVE IT. Despite all that Avalkyra has done, reading her chapters is still fun because she’s so vicious and vengeful and powerful. She doesn’t give up and her hatred and love warring against each other is interesting to read. I still don’t hate her even though I hate what she’s done and there’s absolutely no way she could ever be redeemable. The ending was really good and while I do dislike a long ass battle, it was engaging. Several times I choked up. Everything ended as well as I wanted it and I’m very pleased with it. I liked what happened after too. Now, of course, I do have my gripes. Who am I without my slight complaining? My first and biggest complaint honestly is that Veronyka still wanted to save Avalkyra, and didn’t want to kill her. I do like the distinction that Veronyka said it wasn’t that she could not, she was would not. However, that’s still stupid to me. Some villains deserve to die. If things ended differently, Avalkyra would have burned everything and everyone to the ground. She shot to kill Veronyka. What she has done, did, and planned to do should have been enough to kill her. I hate that good guy doesn’t kill trope. It’s literally so stupid and the worst. I really liked what happened because of what Veronyka did. The loss. I thought it was really unique and made the ending really impactful. And then it’s practically reversed within pages and like… what was the point? It could have truly been a complete end of the Ashfire legacy. I get that ~technically a new legacy has started but I felt it was a little too cheap and made it too happy of an ending. Also like, Tristan’s sad POV felt kind of unnecessary since we done knew Veronyka would be back! So, I really loved Sev in CoF and HoF so imagine my surprise when his whining of not being good/useful and slight jealous made his chapters and himself as a character annoying!!!! Like come on, you’ve done so much! Get over yourself and your dumb insecurities (lol @ me take this advice). I am really happy with the end of his story though! My last little complaint is I kind of dislike seeing the aftermath of a happy finished end. We get to see progress being made and the world changing. It’s absolutely nice but like… i don’t care? I can imagine them implementing changes to the world. I really don’t need to read them. The book should have ended after the battle, but that’s just my opinion. All in all, this was an amazing sequel to an amazing trilogy!! And I want it known that I would DIE for Sparrow and Elliot.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    This book completely blew me away and my standards were already sky-high! First, I want to talk about Veronyka, the main protagonist, and consequently Tristan too. In the past, I haven’t always loved her for reasons I couldn’t quite pinpoint, but in my rereads of the first two books and in reading Wings of Shadow, she really grew as a character to me. Veronyka is criticized throughout the series for occasionally being naïve or entitled (because of her relationship with Tristan), but no one can in This book completely blew me away and my standards were already sky-high! First, I want to talk about Veronyka, the main protagonist, and consequently Tristan too. In the past, I haven’t always loved her for reasons I couldn’t quite pinpoint, but in my rereads of the first two books and in reading Wings of Shadow, she really grew as a character to me. Veronyka is criticized throughout the series for occasionally being naïve or entitled (because of her relationship with Tristan), but no one can insult her abilities in WoS. In standing up to her sister and trying to take her place as heir, Veronyka becomes so much more powerful, especially once she sheds any self-loathing remaining from her abilities with shadow magic. While I love Avalkyra as well, Veronyka showed her love for her companions and care for their well-being in so many ways that made me want her to win. Tristan was also amazing, and one of the things I never get over is how in his relationship with Veronyka, he doesn’t question anything. Nothing about her could make him draw back and the two of them complement each other so well, a quality I wish I saw more of in the young adult genre. He and Veronyka contributed so much to each other’s personalities in so many positive ways, and his confidence grew so much in tandem with hers. Secondly, MORE ABOUT AVALKYRA. She’s so amazing. Throughout most of the book, I was thinking, “Oh, she’s cool but she’s horrifying!” and that didn’t change much. 😂 Val’s point of view is so incredible and insightful to the story because it shows her complete disregard for others. Val is power hungry and driven, a deadly combination that both impressed and scared me. She doesn’t hesitate to go for what she wants, which is a quality I actually wish I could see in more PROtagonists. Next, Sev!!! He frustrated me SO MUCH. Sev has always been my favorite, but in WoS he was different from before. Knowing what he does about what Kade has after Heart of Flames, he’s so scared that he’s irrelevant to Kade and the Phoenix Rider cause, which both made so much sense and bothered me so much. I wanted to go into the book and give him a hug and tell him he’s amazing! His mind was another one that I loved seeing into because of how much he had changed. It was so clear to me that he became so much more confident and heroic from Crown of Feathers to here, even if he didn’t think so. Especially in the last hundred pages of the book, I was just so excited to see his journey. My only critique for his point of view was that I wanted so much more! Lastly for characters, Sparrow and Elliot. My brain labeled them as unnecessary for a while because they weren’t the “core three” point of view characters, but these two have so much. For one thing, I thought it was so amazing that Sparrow was the one to connect so much to [REDACTED] as opposed to the others. Sparrow understands animal magic in a much more powerful way than most of the cast, which is so cool to explore. Her relationship with Elliot is also amazing, especially because it’s so ambiguous. They care for each other a lot, but there isn’t a word that could describe the two besides “loyalty”. I don’t have too much to say about these characters without spoilers, but I wish I could tell Past Lydia not to disregard them in Heart of Flames. I also just want to talk about the world and plot. I finished this book, which is about 600 pages, in three hours. I’ve seen people complain about pacing issues in book one, but this doesn’t have any of those. 😂 Secondly, Pau Preto is just so talented in writing the world around the characters! Usually I’m horrible at keeping track of politics, countries, and more, but she makes use of the elder characters and interstitials between chapters to give the most information possible to truly show the extent to which she’s familiar with the world she created. One of my last points is still about the characters, but more about the writing of them. There are so many parallels to the first two books in Wings of Shadow, which I love because of how much my favorites have grown! Between Veronyka growing into her title and Sev being selfless without a second thought, my attachment to these characters and pride in them only grows with every word Nicki Pau Preto writes. She’s clearly grown as a writer, and so to have her characters grown as people in the best ways possible. I cried a lot with the end to this story, but I can’t wait to see what she does next!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    “The spark ignited. Her fear had held her back, but now she let it go, and the heat inside her grew.” By far my favorite out of the three. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and Nicki Pau Preto did not disappoint! Like the other two, I was pulled into the world and reading made me desperately want a phoenix of my own. Veronyka must face her sister, Val, and keep the empire from being further torn apart. She has just recently found out that she is a descendant of the last queen “The spark ignited. Her fear had held her back, but now she let it go, and the heat inside her grew.” By far my favorite out of the three. This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and Nicki Pau Preto did not disappoint! Like the other two, I was pulled into the world and reading made me desperately want a phoenix of my own. Veronyka must face her sister, Val, and keep the empire from being further torn apart. She has just recently found out that she is a descendant of the last queen of the Golden Empire, and is not sure what she wants to do with that information. But soon she finds out that Val has bonded with a legendary Strix, a creature of darkness. With Val being willing to do anything for the throne, Veronyka needs a plan to gain allies and find peace. Okay this starts where HoF left off, and it is a rollercoaster. Not just with events, but with my emotions. This is a big book, and there is no wasted space. A lot is packed into the 600+ story, but the pacing is well done. The character development was amazing! I honestly fell more in love with the characters I already liked, and then found some new favorites. I think that HoF did a great job at this too, but WoS has it beat in my opinion. There is a large cast of characters, and all get there time to shine throughout the whole trilogy. I think that the relationships within the series is fabulous as well. You get to see growth between the characters, not just within themselves. The amount that is packed in within this book is almost unbelievable. Like the relationship between Val and Veronyka is so complicated. It is throughout the whole series, but as the trilogy comes to an end, a lot of revealed about them and their bond. There is a lot going on in the series. You see it throughout all three books. Because there is a large cast of characters, there can be multiple plot lines happening at once. Some may not like that format (I honestly wasn’t a huge fan in CoF) but once you read the books, you realize that each plot line is important and really adds to the story as a whole. Like the other books, the chapters have added content of letters and stories from the past. I love getting the history of the empire and queens of old. I think this adds an extra layer to the story. It also helps to understand how things got to where they are in the present. If you’ve read the other two, you’ll know, but the past passages help to reveal more about a certain character. I could really see how Nicki has evolved as a writer. Along with her characters, she has grown and created the magical world of fire and ash- life and death. I’m sad to see a favorite series end, but it was a beautiful ending. If you have not picked up this series, but love YA fantasy, mythical creatures, and strong female leads, I would highly recommend getting your copies.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Riya Queen

    3.8🌟 Be still, my heart 🥺 So, wings of shadow picks up right after Heart of flames and we see how Veronyka stands upto multiple threats - both her sister, Val and also the whole of Pyra. I should say that with each book, the plot progression got better and better, and this book is probably my favorite out of all the three. I don't usually like books which are too political, but this series introduced them in a way which didn't feel like info dumping, and I quite enjoyed the pace. Ultimately thoug 3.8🌟 Be still, my heart 🥺 So, wings of shadow picks up right after Heart of flames and we see how Veronyka stands upto multiple threats - both her sister, Val and also the whole of Pyra. I should say that with each book, the plot progression got better and better, and this book is probably my favorite out of all the three. I don't usually like books which are too political, but this series introduced them in a way which didn't feel like info dumping, and I quite enjoyed the pace. Ultimately though, one of the most important things which made this book amazing was its characters. Veronyka was in her element now, and just watching her grow makes my heart full. I also really loved Tristan and her together🥺 I absolutely loved the fact that they're stronger together and they're relationship is very pure. Along with them, all of the other side characters were also done extremely well, special mention to Sev and Kade, while I found Sev boring in book 1, he's slowly climbed his way upto the top. And of course, can't go without mentioning Elliot and Sparrow because they're so precious 🥺 I should think that Val as an antagonist worked really well and she was excellently done. The turmoil between both of them and their complicated relationship was astounding, and it made me cry because as much as Val wanted power, she did love Pheronia and Veronyka in her own twisted way, and that made me so emotional 🥺 Overall a job well done by Nicki, and I'll be sure to check out her future works ❤

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A solid finale to this trilogy. I continued to appreciate the many unique aspects of this series, as well as loved the Phoenix and history components. I think for a YA it wrapped up nicely, although a little cleanly for my preferences. However, I'm not sure if it's Me or the Book....but something didn't connect as much in this one. I felt more detached from the characters (and some of them....Sev....drove me nuts). I also felt things meandered a bit and that some choices/motivations came across a A solid finale to this trilogy. I continued to appreciate the many unique aspects of this series, as well as loved the Phoenix and history components. I think for a YA it wrapped up nicely, although a little cleanly for my preferences. However, I'm not sure if it's Me or the Book....but something didn't connect as much in this one. I felt more detached from the characters (and some of them....Sev....drove me nuts). I also felt things meandered a bit and that some choices/motivations came across a little cheesy🤷‍♀️ Maybe I've just outgrown this series, I'm not sure ....but overall it was still enjoyable and worth the read to finish😉

  19. 5 out of 5

    Delaney

    Such a satisfying ending to a highly underrated series. I really enjoy all of the character from this, and Val is such a good bad guy. Very excited for what comes next from the author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cait | GoodeyReads

    SPECTACULAR FINALE. BLOG || INSTAGRAM I have been reading series ender duds over and over and FINALLY, hit a closing book that brought it home. This was incredible and fully solidifies my recommendation that get this on your TBR! For over 600 pages, I hardly felt it was exhaustingly long. The pages were used well and kept the story moving and involved. I love Veronyka as the ultimate main heroine. She is incredibly strong, full of love, and uses her strengths to lift and care for others. I adored SPECTACULAR FINALE. BLOG || INSTAGRAM I have been reading series ender duds over and over and FINALLY, hit a closing book that brought it home. This was incredible and fully solidifies my recommendation that get this on your TBR! For over 600 pages, I hardly felt it was exhaustingly long. The pages were used well and kept the story moving and involved. I love Veronyka as the ultimate main heroine. She is incredibly strong, full of love, and uses her strengths to lift and care for others. I adored the side romance with Tristan and how supportive they were of each other. No ridiculous miscommunications here. Sev was all things I love too. He had some personal crises that had me wishing I could lift him up. I was so excited seeing his character arc and learning to love who he is and the power he brings to the table. Kade was also insanely supportive and those two melted my heart. All of these ships melted my heart. [Honorable mention the sweetness of Elliot and Sparrow too!!] Along with the fantastic friendships, family relationships, were insane amounts of action. Wild tension that had me gasping so much my husband stopped and asked me what was wrong ~whoops~. Each time things started to pick up, I never knew quite what would happen and I loved that. I loved even more how the final scenes with the main villainess went. It wasn’t typical and became profound as Veronyka and Val had a last clashing. The scene was memorable and full of emotion. I love that it gave Val more than just the antagonist role, but this whole other set of layers. She was one of the main POV’s throughout the series too and I loved being in her mind too. I could keep gushing. This series has a great set of the three books. I don’t remember being let down by any of them. One of the last things I’ll mentioned I couldn’t get enough of were all of the phoenixes. They all had personalities and quirks and cared deeply for their riders. Definitely one of the best parts of the entire trilogy. Overall audience notes: - YA Fantasy - Language: very little - Romance: kisses to closed door scenes - Violence: war themes, weaponry, loss of life, physical and magical altercations, fire

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gretal

    This was a great conclusion to a great trilogy; however, with having so many povs, I do find myself wishing we had one from someone who wasn't an animage. There was just a whole lot of powerful, special people in this. And it would have been nice to have a pov from someone who wasn't that. This was a great conclusion to a great trilogy; however, with having so many povs, I do find myself wishing we had one from someone who wasn't an animage. There was just a whole lot of powerful, special people in this. And it would have been nice to have a pov from someone who wasn't that.

  22. 4 out of 5

    G Daniels

    The Crown of Feathers trilogy, though long, is worth a read and I give it a strong 4.5 rating overall. This is a must read series for any fantasy adventure readers. This series by Nicki Pau Preto is a very good read. Ms. Pau Preto is a talented writer that keeps the story moving at a fast pace and engages the reader. True, it is an oft told story and contains all the cliché elements this type of adventure story tends to contain, it is still worth a read. I attempted to give a brief summary of the The Crown of Feathers trilogy, though long, is worth a read and I give it a strong 4.5 rating overall. This is a must read series for any fantasy adventure readers. This series by Nicki Pau Preto is a very good read. Ms. Pau Preto is a talented writer that keeps the story moving at a fast pace and engages the reader. True, it is an oft told story and contains all the cliché elements this type of adventure story tends to contain, it is still worth a read. I attempted to give a brief summary of the characters and the storyline, but it is too complicated to attempt without being extremely long and revealing spoilers. I am sure there are others who reviewed this series that can do a much better job giving a brief synopsis so I bow to their abilities and suggest you read those if you want a summary of the story, or read the description on the book itself. Simply stated, it is a re-telling of the age-old story of good versus evil represented by a sibling rivalry; this time two sisters. We have seen this theme played out in many versions, including with princes, queens, fairies, dragon riders, robots, in space, etc. In the Crown of Feathers series, Ms. Pau Preto pits the sisters in a game of maneuvers and manipulation, of using love as a weapon and a hostage. There is adventure, love, intrigue, surprises, destruction, discovering oneself and what defines family, and most importantly, there are Phoenixes!!! Yes, Phoenixes! the mythical birds that resurrect from the ashes that consume them in death. Even without Phoenixes, (though they are a really nice touch, better than dragons really), the story is so much more in Ms. Pau Preto’s hands. She wove an intricate web of interesting characters and the world they lived in making it plausible. Her character development is realistic and not one-dimensional, her world building is detailed but not over-powering to where it would detract from the story. The action and interactions of the characters flows credibly and is not forced or far-fetched. It is a complex story told with great skill and Ms. Pau Preto does a great job of not telecasting her secrets, having the reader caught totally off-guard with the twists in the story. The story moved at a quick pace, each chapter switching from the perspective of one character or another to fit the numerous pieces of the puzzle together. It also provided some cliffhanger chapter ends where you had to wait a couple chapters to see what happened which helped build the suspense and maintain the interest in the story. In Ms. Preto’s defense, she completed this without overdoing it, instead including these cliffhangers occasionally to tease, almost as if she was winking at the reader and laughingly saying, “See, I got you again”. Though I seem to be gushing about this series and Ms. Preto with almost hero worship, I am not a fawning fan-bitch drooling at her feet, there were some issues with the story that I found a little disappointing. First, as I mentioned prior, Ms. Pau Preto did seem to fall into the trap of including some cliches that appear to be required in contemporary literature. I do not know if this is her fault or the demands of the editor. Maybe certain components are “required” in modern literature? First and foremost, is the requisite homosexual relationship and racial diversity. I am not opposed to this, I have no issue with diversity in race, sexual preference, religion, etc. but I don’t believe it needs to be forced into the storyline just to have “inclusion”. If it enhances the story, if it is an integral part of the storyline, then “yay” by all means include it, but if it is there just to “Check the box on the required elements list” then it is just disappointing. Kind of like JK Rowling coming out afterwards and claiming Dumbledorfe was homosexual. “Like really? What’s the point? And why do we care? Did it have anything at all to do with the storyline?” And what is with the main focus on odor? “She immediately recognized his scent of sandalwood soap and leather”, or “she inhaled deeply his scent of smoke and lilacs” Really? Is scent that big a sexual attraction? I want to see the main character who smells of horse sweat, sheep dung and unwashed body! I just think the whole “scent” thing is overplayed too, seems kind of overly dramatic and silly. Sorry for my rant, I digress. Another issue I had with this series was the cliché hate-to-love relationship between the main characters. It is an over-used prop that is so predictable it contains none of the tension or suspense it is supposed to provide. In this series it was so obvious from the initiation Ms. Pau Preto didn’t need to include it and thankfully it was short lived in the story line. It is really an unnecessary and over-used component in stories. The other issue I had with this series was the ending. Ms. Pau Preto wrote an extremely good and complicated story that was amazing. To give it such a “fairy-tale ending” was disappointing. It is similar to the disappointing endings of a Jane Austen novel where all is forgiven and everybody is happy. For example, in Pride & Prejudice, even that scoundrel Wickam is accepted into the family. I believe that maybe Ms. Pau Preto did not really know how to end this series properly and so ended up with this “sappily ever after” ending. I can understand after expending all her energy on the strong complicated dark tale it would be difficult to come to a satisfactory and strong happy ending, but this was a bit too saccharine. Rather disappointing. For a debut Ms. Preto set the bar extremely high for herself to achieve in her sophomore work, (which I am anxious to experience). She created such an interesting complicated story and pulled it off admirably. She is extremely talented and has a wonderful imagination to be able to create such a world and complex characters. I place her talent up there with Chupeco, Blake, Garber, Bracken, Young, Stolarz and the other contemporary top writers I adore and unhesitatingly recommend reading her Crown of Feathers series. And just a personal note, I LOVED the character of Val. She initially hopped aboard the “crazy-train” as a regular passenger with her unapologetic means of resolving issues. By book three she had not only thrown the conductor and the engineer off the train, she took the controls and sent it full throttle to jump the tracks and go hurtling over the cliff. But even for all her cruelty and evil, she was still a pitiable character that was difficult to dislike. That is one of the skills of Ms. Pau Preto, the depth of her characters especially the protagonist, Val. She is sympathetic and complicated. Val was more a victim herself of her own ambitions than a truly detestable person. It made Veronyka’s emotions for Val more palpable and believable. As I stated prior, Ms. Pau Preto did an amazing job throughout.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Holly Hughes

    Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review. ”People could change. They could be reborn. They could be unmade and remade all over again.” I had this really perfect metaphor carrying through my reviews for both Crown of Feathers and Heart of Flames, about how the story progresses from slow burning kindling to an inferno…and it feels Right‪™‬ to say that Wings of Shadow fans those flames with a fervent energy before reaching a conclusion de Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review. ”People could change. They could be reborn. They could be unmade and remade all over again.” I had this really perfect metaphor carrying through my reviews for both Crown of Feathers and Heart of Flames, about how the story progresses from slow burning kindling to an inferno…and it feels Right‪™‬ to say that Wings of Shadow fans those flames with a fervent energy before reaching a conclusion destined to go down in a blaze of glory. This was, truly, everything I could have hoped for. It was simultaneously intimate and epic in scale, from the world-building to the characters—in terms of both individual arcs and where their stories intertwine. Veronyka and Val’s relationship in particular is so complicated, but also masterfully explored and developed. I have grown so fond of this gigantic cast, and I am forever in awe of Nicki’s ability to juggle this many characters, and give them all enough time on the page to develop them so thoroughly (and believably). And the fight scenes! The action! That final climactic battle that completely lived up to my expectations?! We love to see it. Also: special shoutout to Sev and Kade, two of my favourite characters of all time, whom I adore with literally every fibre of my being. Sev Defence Squad, consider our mission accomplished. All in all, I don’t really have much more to say than this: I loved it, and I’m so excited for everyone who can read the entire series back-to-back now without having to suffer for a year, waiting. __ __ __ You mean I’m supposed to be able to form coherent sentences about how much I love this book and this series???? In a nutshell: Sev and Kade supremacy, and I desperately want to make a papercraft. Full review to come.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrae

    "Many say the tale of the three sisters- Auxura and Nox and Zenith, or sun and moon and stars- is a sad one. But those people simply do not know how the story ends. For what is a day without night, or darkness without light? And what is a sky without stars? Even when they are apart, they are together- bound for eternity- for they are nothing without each other." Has this series taken The Poppy War's throne as my favorite (completed) series? If it hasn’t it’s pretty damn close. I said that it was "Many say the tale of the three sisters- Auxura and Nox and Zenith, or sun and moon and stars- is a sad one. But those people simply do not know how the story ends. For what is a day without night, or darkness without light? And what is a sky without stars? Even when they are apart, they are together- bound for eternity- for they are nothing without each other." Has this series taken The Poppy War's throne as my favorite (completed) series? If it hasn’t it’s pretty damn close. I said that it was my favorite series in this really awesome review but I was worried that it wasn't going to hold up since I have read a lot more stuff. And I am so happy to report that it did. Everything about this series is absolute perfection. The pacing from the first page of book one to the last page of book three is very consistent, it never feels like there is a lot of filler, the plot never really slows down. It is action packed and every book individually contains so much value to the overall plot. I also think that each book builds on its strengths from the previous one and takes the story to another level. The characters are what really steal the show for me. This series does wonders when it comes to the characters. All of them are fully fleshed out and 3-dimensional, they all have inner conflicts that are relatable and every single character (besides the obvious one) experiences so much growth because of this. Even the animals are fully developed emotional beings. The phoenixes are such complex and fascinating creatures to read about. Every time I think about Chirp tears start pooling in my eyes. The relationships are great. You can feel the devotion that these characters have for each other radiating off the page. My favorite part of this conclusion is that I don't feel like I need more after finishing it. I am happy with where all of the characters ended up and I feel like all of their arcs have been complete. This book left me feeling whole and satisfied instead of with an empty pit in my stomach ( I say as if I didn't have tears dripping down my face for the last 200 pages of this book). I'm really really happy with this series and will definitely reread it in the future and I cant wait to get my hands on more of Nicki Pau Preto's work in the future ---------------- i have too many words

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shireelin

    And there Queen Pau Preto soars straight up to the top of being my favorite author and Wings Of Shadow steals the spot of being my favorite book of the year from Realm Breaker! -------------------------------------------------------------------- I cant belive this marvelous story is over and my heart is so filled from getting to experience book! This book takes you on a wild epic ride with twists and turns with a great pace that is pushing the plot forward but also taking time to be there with our And there Queen Pau Preto soars straight up to the top of being my favorite author and Wings Of Shadow steals the spot of being my favorite book of the year from Realm Breaker! -------------------------------------------------------------------- I cant belive this marvelous story is over and my heart is so filled from getting to experience book! This book takes you on a wild epic ride with twists and turns with a great pace that is pushing the plot forward but also taking time to be there with our characters and giving time to feel everything from pain to joy. The magic and legends in this book never cease to amaze, there is always another layer to discover that twists the story one way or another! And the villain in this book and the relationship to the main character is so well crafted and nuanced! Is she the best villain ive read in a book? A clear hell yes! ------------------------------------------------------------------- Epic, heart wrenching and delightful, Pau Preto has done such an exquisite craft in this book blending the perfect amount of everything to a story that simply makes my heart sing and leave me both delighted and terribly sad that it is over! So if you like epic fantasy and rider stories go read this, its a triology you dont want to miss!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ally Crouch

    ** Review may contain minor spoilers** Anyone who knows me knows that Crown Of Feathers is my favorite book of all time and that I am legitimately obsessed with it. I sent an email to the publisher to see if they would send me an eARC of Wings Of Shadow and by some miracle they did. As I’m writing this, I’m still processing all of my emotions and the fact that this incredible story which has consumed my life for the past 3 years is actually complete but needless to say it blew me away. Nicki is tr ** Review may contain minor spoilers** Anyone who knows me knows that Crown Of Feathers is my favorite book of all time and that I am legitimately obsessed with it. I sent an email to the publisher to see if they would send me an eARC of Wings Of Shadow and by some miracle they did. As I’m writing this, I’m still processing all of my emotions and the fact that this incredible story which has consumed my life for the past 3 years is actually complete but needless to say it blew me away. Nicki is truly a master of storytelling and I was hooked from the first page. I spent every spare moment reading what little bits I could and it’s not often that I stay up past midnight reading but for this book I did. For a book that is around 700 pages long, it went very fast. From the very beginning the characters were thrown into instant action. Bits and pieces were pulled together flawlessly and it was so interesting how everything was woven together. There were little things that had me making predictions about what would happen and while not all of them came to fruition, the ones that did were epic. The character growth that several of the characters went through over the course of the series and Wings of Shadow itself, was phenomenal. The relationships both romantic and not were perfect and written so well. The additional world building was incredible and I was just in awe at how magnificent this story was done. It truly is in a league of its own and Nicki is a genius. Sparrow owns my entire soul and I LOVED how her story played out. I always had a feeling that there was more to her and it just played out so fantastically. Added bonus was the family unit that Sparrow, Elliot, and Rielle created. Give me all the found family vibes. Sev and Kade were also too cute for words and I thought it was very true to character that Sev got jealous of the bond between Kade and Jinx and felt unworthy to “hang out with the cool kids (phoenix riders)”. But every time he got like this Kade was there telling him otherwise and it was perfect. Rolan finally got what he deserved and I may or may not have done a happy dance over it. Sorry, not sorry. Veronyka and Tristan are completely swoon worthy and I adore how much they support each other and how deeply they care for one another. My favorite part about Tristan is he doesn’t try to be all macho and isn’t afraid to show his emotions. His character growth has also been great to see. The concluding battle was everything I could have dreamed it would be. It was so awesome how it went from a fight with one enemy to a fight with two enemies and then finally to two sides teaming up (FINALLY) to defeat the greater evil. The losses that occurred during the final battle though were completely devastating. I shed more than a few tears and the final death was the most gut wrenching of them all. And last but, most certainly not least, my queens; Veronyka and Val. I don’t even know where to begin with them to be honest. Veronyka’s development has been amazing to watch and I love her so much. Her bond with Xephyra hits me right in the feels and her devotion to Val despite everything is something to be admired. Val exceeds all expectations as the best antagonist (we won’t use the word villain) and her character arc was magnificent. When you think she can’t get any darker she does but yet she still can’t let go of Veronyka. The dynamic between them is so complex and fascinating. I still can’t believe it’s all over. This series was just so well thought out and was executed flawlessly. I loved every single word and will carry the story as well as the characters with me forever. I mean it in all honesty when I say my life has been changed by these books and I will forever be recommending them to everyone and hope to one day share them with my kids. Thank you Nicki for gifting us all with this incredible masterpiece. It’s been a wonderful adventure.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Benton

    This is Nicki Pau Preto's best book yet! When I first read Heart of Flames it was my favourite book I've ever read to date. I had no idea another book could take that place. But I was wrong. Wings of Shadow is an epic conclusion to the Crown of Feathers trilogy. I laughed, I cried, and there were a couple of times I wanted to throw the book across the room because of the feelings it evoked. I've been in a massive reading slump lately but Wings of Shadow was the book I needed to pull me back into This is Nicki Pau Preto's best book yet! When I first read Heart of Flames it was my favourite book I've ever read to date. I had no idea another book could take that place. But I was wrong. Wings of Shadow is an epic conclusion to the Crown of Feathers trilogy. I laughed, I cried, and there were a couple of times I wanted to throw the book across the room because of the feelings it evoked. I've been in a massive reading slump lately but Wings of Shadow was the book I needed to pull me back into the world of reading. It's the kind of book I'll reread again and again. There were so many events that happened in this book that I couldn't predict which I absolutely love. Overall it was a satisfying conclusion to my favourite series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danica

    This book blew me away. I have been saying this series is one of my favourites since reading Heart of flames released and was ecstatic to see what book three would bring. Let me just tell you.. Nicki brought it! I dont think this could have been done any better. This book pulled at so many heart strings. The depth of this book is absolutely amazing! There is so much lore/back story. And we see the pov of so many amazing characters (i adore reading ever single pov). That doesnt happen often. This This book blew me away. I have been saying this series is one of my favourites since reading Heart of flames released and was ecstatic to see what book three would bring. Let me just tell you.. Nicki brought it! I dont think this could have been done any better. This book pulled at so many heart strings. The depth of this book is absolutely amazing! There is so much lore/back story. And we see the pov of so many amazing characters (i adore reading ever single pov). That doesnt happen often. This world and characters are so dimensional, even though the book ends you know the characters live on and you can just imagine how. Absolutely amazing series, I will continue recommending it to everyone. I cant wait to read what is next from Nicki

  29. 4 out of 5

    Belle

    I loved how this book ended the series! Everything was wrapped up by the end of the story, and all the questions that I had were answered. I have loved watching the characters grow since the beginning of the series, and I am happy to see where they are at the end of the book. The big battle at the end was very entertaining, and I am sad that the series is over. Right now these are some of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long time, and I am going to miss the world and character so much. I h I loved how this book ended the series! Everything was wrapped up by the end of the story, and all the questions that I had were answered. I have loved watching the characters grow since the beginning of the series, and I am happy to see where they are at the end of the book. The big battle at the end was very entertaining, and I am sad that the series is over. Right now these are some of my favorite books that I’ve read in a long time, and I am going to miss the world and character so much. I hope that one day the author might write more books in this world.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I did enjoy the last installment of the Crown of Feathers' series immensely although I know I would have enjoyed it even more If I were able to have read the entire trilogy in one go. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who is looking for a fun YA fantasy. It is undoubtably YA but it handles its tropes well and gives new life to the genre. There are fun romances. (One is LGBTQ+), it deals with a toxic sibling relationship and of course it has magic! I did enjoy the last installment of the Crown of Feathers' series immensely although I know I would have enjoyed it even more If I were able to have read the entire trilogy in one go. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone who is looking for a fun YA fantasy. It is undoubtably YA but it handles its tropes well and gives new life to the genre. There are fun romances. (One is LGBTQ+), it deals with a toxic sibling relationship and of course it has magic!

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