Crown of Feathers Book Tag

 

So I’m on this Street Team with massively talented people, and thanks to them, I can do fun stuff like this because they’re awesome and make these things.

This time I’m basking in the glory of Hollibrarybooks and their creation of this tag!

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Hey everyone! I’m continuing to branch out with trying new things on the blog, and since Nicki Pau Preto’s Heart of Flames releases in exactly four weeks I wanted to celebrate! And by celebrate, I mean I wanted to do something fun, and different than anything I’ve done before. And so, behold: a Crown of Feathers themed book tag!

Feel free to participate in the tag, whether you’re tagged by someone or not. Everyone is welcome! I’d love to see everyone’s responses, so please link back to my blog in your post. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to do it on Twitter or Instagram. You can use #COFBookTag, or tag me in your posts (I’m @wordsbyholly on Twitter, and @hollibrarybooks on Instagram).

Intrigued by this book Crown of Feathers? Here’s my review of it and expect the review for the impending book 2, Heart of Flames within the next couple of weeks as this sequel releases on February 11!!

Preorder Campaign Info!
If you preorder Heart of Flames you can send in your receipt to Nicki and get some awesome swag. A Woodmark and 2x Character Cards!
Because Nicki is amazing, she’s also done a gift if you’re new to the series and you’ve bought Crown of Feathers paperback or hardback, you can get a double-sided map and art card.

UPDATE: The Purple Woodmarks are ALL GONE [Already?! Holy cow!]

Click this link for all the information and the form link

The Crown of Feathers Book Tag

1. The cover of Crown of Feathers is absolutely stunning. Pick a book whose cover you fell in love with at first sight.

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1)

2. In Crown of Feathers, Veronyka bonds with a phoenix named Xephyra. Pick an animal from a book that you would love to have by your side.

Faithful
The Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce
Faithful is a mysterious sort of cat—and is there any other kind? He might be a bored immortal, a constellation wandering around in a cat-suit, or a messenger from the Great Mother Goddess on a mission—not that these are mutually exclusive, by any means. Whatever he is, he assists Alanna in her quest to become a warrior. He appears as a black cat with violet eyes, and he’s had two incarnations that we know of. His other incarnation, as Pounce in the Provost’s Dog trilogy, helped Beka track down criminals in her work with the Provost’s Guard.

3. Veronyka and Val are sisters, but they have a rather tenuous relationship. Pick a book where the protagonist has a sibling(s)⁠—regardless of whether or not they get along!

Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, #1)

4. To join the ranks of the Phoenix Riders, Veronyka has to disguise herself as a boy. Pick a book where a character disguises themselves.

Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars, #1)

5. Phoenixes play a large role in Crown of Feathers. Pick a book that features mythological creatures.

The Last Namsara (Iskari, #1)

6. Tristan excels as a Phoenix Rider and warrior, despite his fear of fire. Pick a character you’d like by your side in a battle.

Elisabeth, Nathaniel, or Silas would work lol

Sorcery of Thorns

7. Sev is a soldier, trying to escape the army. Pick a character who, no matter how tough they seem, is actually Soft™.

Ramson
Blood Heir (Blood Heir, #1)

8. In Crown of Feathers, each chapter begins with an epigraph, and you’ll also find letters and historical documents between chapters, too. Pick a book with expansive world-building and history.

The Priory of the Orange Tree

9. Val can be ruthless and does some particularly cruel things (no spoilers!). Pick a character who’s a bad b*tch—for better or for worse.

Angel Mage

 

Ahhh that was so much fun!

I tag any of my readers who wish to do this, I know that seems a cop-out but I’m okay with that.

The Sky Weaver – Blog Tour

 

 

Hey all, bringing you a pretty awesome book review today, not the review really, the book itself. I mean let’s face it, I just fangirl screech incoherently but this book definitely deserves that sort of reaction.

Thanks to Gollancz for the chance to take part in this tour, gifting me the book in exchange for my honest review.

 

The Sky Weaver (Iskari, #3)

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GoodReads:
Lavish, romantic and magical, The Sky Weaver is a new standalone story set in the world of The Last Namsara – one that fans of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black and Laini Taylor will flock to. . .
At the end of one world, there always lies another.
Safire, a soldier, knows her role in this world is to serve the King of Firgaard-helping to maintain the peace in her oft-troubled nation.
Eris, a deadly pirate, has no such conviction. Known as The Death Dancer for her ability to evade even the most determined of pursuers, she possesses a superhuman ability to move between worlds.
When one can roam from dimension to dimension, can one ever be home? Can love and loyalty truly exist?
Then Safire and Eris-sworn enemies-find themselves on a common mission: to find Asha, the last Namsara.
From the port city of Darmoor to the fabled faraway Sky Isles, their search and their stories become threaded ever more tightly together as they discover the uncertain fate they’re hurtling towards may just be a shared one. In this world, and the next.

 

My Review

I have yet to read ‘The Caged Queen’ but the great thing about these books is you can read them in any order really and they work as well on their own as they do as a series.

I completely loooooved ‘The Last Namsara.’ Seriously, Ciccarelli has such a great and well defined style and voice that I couldn’t help but fall in love.

The magic of style from the first book continues in ‘The Last Sky Weaver.’

Safire is a strong presence in the other books and this doesn’t change as the focus shifts to her and her new found ‘thorn in her side,’ Eris.

Eris is a skilled thief,m and what makes her even better is that she’s a pirate thief, and let me tell you, she is a great character.

The chemistry and interaction between Safire is really well done, you don’t feel like they’re forced together and their interactions are a natural development from how they’ve met to how they keep getting put together.

Ciccarelli also does an outstanding job with weaving in the other characters, they fit right in with the story and don’t detract the focus from the plot, rather they do a brilliant job in aiding it along.

I ended up being fascinated by the story of Eris, and to find out the story of the Sky Weaver. Everything was so beautifully done and it was a great love story in the end, actually it had more than one love story in it and they all fit together perfectly.

There’s also the story of Leandra, Crow, and Skye, and how their story brought along the one we discover in this book. We also get to explore the Isles and see more of the world that has been built.

Another key point, world building is on point n this novel just as it was in the first for me. And the best part is that because she’d done such a great job in the beginning with world building, we get to see more of the lore and characters, and this book focuses so much on emotions. Which is really wonderful.

Needless to say, I really enjoyed this book, and it was a great addition to the Namsara series.

If you’re looking for a fxf love story that continues the beauty of the Ciccarelli has built, then I recommend this book, or if you’re looking for just a great fantasy book in general.

Five huge cups of coffee from me.

 

 

About the Author

GoodReads:
Kristen Ciccarelli is the internationally bestselling author of the Iskari series. Her first book, The Last Namsara, debuted on the UK’s children and YA chart, was one of Indigo’s Best Book for Teens in 2017, and has been translated into 12 languages. Before writing books for a living, she worked as an artisanal baker, an indie bookseller, and a ceramic artist. These days she resides in a blustery seaside cove with her blacksmith and her rescue dog. She likes her coffee dark, her weather broody, and her house warmed by a wood fire.

Author Links

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The Rest of the Tour

The Sky Weaver blog tour

 

 

BE Autumn – Every Witch Needs a Familiar

Another BE Autumn post today!

Today’s host is the amazing Jamsu. You can see her awesome prompt and post by clicking on the link.

Thanks to Sam and Clo for putting together such a fun and awesome even as BookEnding and I am so happy to be participating in BE Autumn!!

Prompt:

If you were a witch which magical creatures would you want as your familiar?

 

This is really hard because I want to say all the animals.

But in the bookish world, I think in the end I would have to choose an amazing magical horse/bird, like, Solovey from The Winternight Trilogy. A beautiful bay stallion and a nightingale. He loves Vasya and protects her and supports her. What more could I ask for?

 

 

However, if I had to give backups…well…give me dragons, I don’t care if they’re the ones from The Priory of the Orange Tree or from Wild Magic, I want a dragon, damn it.

 

 

And at the end of the day, I would say I also would be happy with any snake. A Slytherin wouldn’t be complete without some sort of serpent.

 

Well, that’s all from me, something really fun to do and now, it’s back to packing for me. *Sobs*

Second Skin – Blog Tour

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Blurb:
The moon was being devoured.

Estranged from birth and raised on tales of the great mountain castle of Idrith-Core, where her distant father serves as Lord Commander and confidante of the King, Aledra Jewel-Wing was now going there to court.

As one of the Drakkoni, a race of powerful shape-shifters and conquerors of a wild land, she joins her stepmother at the festival for all peoples. But when in attempting to save a life, Aledra shifts into her Drakkoni Secondskin – her beautiful second soul: a giant flighted lizard with flaming breath – she breaks an ancient oath, and the tremulous peace between the Drakkoni and Esrans is shattered.

Branded a fugitive, hunted by her father, and aided in escape by the master-mancer who raised her, Aledra begins a journey for survival across a war-torn continent.

Book Information:
Format: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Endeavour Venture (18 July 2019)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Language: English
ASIN: B07SLLJMW4

Where to Buy

Amazon UK

 

My Review

I was really excited to read this. I mean, come on, dragons. Who doesn’t love dragons/fire breathing lizards/fire breathing anything [let’s be real]?

This is also the start of the Bridge of Fire books, so it’s great when you get to start off with a new series.

In this book, Bentley gives us a pretty awesome take on dragons. They’re shapeshifters, their flying fiery forms are called their ‘second skins’ and they have two hearts, essentially they are two souls, their two-legged human-looking forms and their dragon forms. These shapeshifters had to leave their homeland and make a new land home, crossing a land bridge that is now gone, they made it to the lands where human tribes have ruled. These tribes all have their own cultures and leaders and ways of life, but they’re quickly conquered with a peace treaty put in place.

No second-skins will be used not even in a ‘peaceful’ manner in this new land.

This all recalls the invasion of the Americas to me and I loved that she took something like that and gave it a huge fantasy spin, a new land, new world, new people, and all of it steeped in heavy world building.

You all know me, I love world building, this did cause the pacing for Aledra and her story to slump a bit in the middle but I would say that the ending more than made up for it.

That’s another thing, it took me a while to appreciate Aledra after sh leaves the comforts of her people, but, I really enjoyed her as she developed, especially in the last four chapters. I love the choices she makes and how Bentley steers her toward something that allows her room to grow.

Penda was absolutely one of my favorite characters and I can only hope that there’s more of her to come. I mean, I fangirl her, she’s amazing.

Aledra’s father is complex and so layered that it made me happy to get to the parts with him. I really think there’s so much more to him than Aledra sees and I love the complexity of their relationship.

There is love, there is war, there are dragons and tribes, and a girl who wants nothing more than to have the freedom to choose. So pretty much a guaranteed like in my books when I read it.

Jubal is Aledra’s companion during a good chunk of the novel and he was an interesting character but I would say he paled in comparison to Aledra, her Father, and Penda.

Overall a great solid start to an intriguing fantasy series, and you can bet I will be happy to read book two and see where Aledra goes next.

Three cups of coffee!!

Thanks to Anne Cater, Sue Bently, and Endeavour Venture for a chance to read and honestly review this as part of the Random Things Blog Tour!

 

About the Author

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Sue lives in a house surrounded by a wildlife hedge so she can pretend she lives in the countryside. She enjoys reading, walking, cinema, researching her books, and painting and printmaking, when she’s not writing – which isn’t very often!

Author Links

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The Rest of the Tour!

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