Crown of Feathers

Crown of Feathers


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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.

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.

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.

Crown of Feathers is an epic fantasy about love’s incredible power to save – or to destroy. Throughout is interspersed the story of Avalkyra Ashfire, the last Rider Queen, who would rather see her empire burn than fall into her sister’s hands.

Product Details

Published: 25th April 2019
Format: Paperback 198x129mm
Extent: 496 pages
ISBN: 9781785302343


Nicki Pau Preto is a young adult fantasy author living just outside Toronto, Canada. After getting a degree in visual arts, a master’s in art history, and a diploma in graphic design, Nicki discovered two things: she loved to escape the real world, and she wasn’t interested in a regular nine-to-five life. Luckily, her chosen career covers both.


'Twists I didn’t expect, characters I instantly loved, a wildly entertaining plot, and fantastic world building.'

 The Bookish Gurl, five stars out of five

'Crown of Feathers is an incredible debut with intricate world-building, strong female leads, and a beautiful writing style.'

– Scorpio Book Dreams

'Fun, magical, dangerous, exhilarating. It has all the emotions you could ever need.'

– Empire of Books

'Spellbinding, enthralling, mesmerising, captivating – I’m ready for more.'

– Roachie's Reviews


‘An immersive, deeply satisfying fantasy that will stay with you long after the story is finished.’

 Elly Blake, New York Times Bestselling author of Frostblood

 ‘The unique and imaginative world of the Phoenix Riders had my rapt attention from the first sentence. Nicki Pau Preto is a bright new talent’

 Morgan Rhodes, New York Times Bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series 

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