These Feathered Flames Book (Hardback)
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Reading level - 13 to 18 years.
Three Dark Crowns meets Wicked Saints in this queer #ownvoices retelling of "The Firebird," a Russian folktale, by debut author Alexandra Overy.
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.
"An enthralling story about sisters and saints. Gorgeous worldbuilding and a beautifully rendered relationship between sisters forced into very different roles, the weight of duty, and the machinations of politics made These Feathered Flames a wonderful read that I wholeheartedly adored."
Emily A. Duncan, New York Times Bestselling Author of Wicked Saints
"These Feathered Flames is a stunning debut as dark, lush, and captivating as the best fairy tales. Overy's writing is both lyrical and grounded, and I was just as taken by the court politics as I was by the complex, layered relationship between sisters Asya and Izaveta--one gentle and one ruthless, both destined to protect their kingdom. With themes of destiny, sisterhood, and sacrifice, plus a blossoming queer romance that left me yearning for Book Two, this retelling of a classic Russian fairy tale was a thrill from start to finish."
Nina Varela, author of the Crier's War duology
"As brilliant as a firebird, These Feathered Flames has all the elements I love in young adult fantasy: lyrical prose, a unique spin on folklore, and the complicated relationship between sisters. From the first page to the last, Overy's debut will have readers burning to know what happens next."
Mara Rutherford, author of the Crown of Coral and Pearl duology
"These Feathered Flames is a beautiful story of sisterhood, court intrigue, and ancient magic that simultaneously draws on established folklore and breathes new life into it. With luscious world building and two skilfully crafted heroines that will ensnare your heart, this book is a fantastic start to a new series!"
Kalyn Josephson, author of The Storm Crow duology
"An engrossing fantasy tale about sisterhood and what it means to be able to fully trust another person." --School Library Journal