Rating: 5 Stars
This novel is unbelievably good! I am amazed by the brilliance of this novel. There is so much too this book that I will forever recommend it!
I had a sister once …
In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders – legendary warriors who soared through the sky on wings of fire – until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.
I promised her the throne would not come between us.
Sixteen years later Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix rider like the heroes 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.
But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.
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.
Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken away.
This novel follows three different characters, Veronyka, Tristan and Sev. The flow of novels that follow multiple character lines are great because you switch back and forth enough so you aren’t bored as a reader. Plus, the anticipation of when the characters will cross paths makes it that much more exciting.
Also, this novel contains a historical story of two sisters who fought over the throne, Avalkyra Ashfire and her sister Pheronia which is suspenseful and epic in itself.
The Plot and Twists
The general plot of this novel is epic. The universe Nicki Pau Preto has created is incredible! I will say there is a lot of information about different battles, kingdoms and territory that took me a bit to digest. However, all the information just shows how in depth this universe goes. Plus, by the end of the novel everything clicks!
Plot twists are meant to take you by surprise but normally you can get a feel for where a novel is going. Well, NOT THIS ONE! I literally shrieked when I the first plot twist revealed itself. I could not contain my surprise, excitement and joy.
After I calmed down, I reread those pages a few time just to make sure I retained everything!
As the final couple hundred pages unravel so much happens and I will not spoil anything because I want you to experience for yourself.
I honestly might go read it again, it was THAT good! Read this novel, whatever you do next, READ THIS BOOK!