Wings of Shadow

Margaret K. McElderry/S. & S./. (Crown of Feathers: Bk. 3). Jul. 2021. 640p. Tr $21.99. ISBN 9781534466029.
Gr 9 Up–Veronyka is no longer hiding her identity and knows her birthright as daughter of the last queen of the Golden Empire. The war brewing between the Empire and the Phoenix Riders may not be her biggest problem. The resurrected rebel queen has bonded with a legendary creature of darkness and Veronyka’s sister Val is bent on destroying the world. To stop her, Veronyka must grapple with their toxic history and fight for the throne she may not want. Preto has woven a sprawling yarn in her trilogy and while this conclusion is long, the cliff-hanger chapters manage to propel readers along. The series revolves around themes of survival and found family, but ultimately fumbles with imperialism and gender. Cast is brown skinned.
VERDICT Preto ties up her plotlines while leaving readers with plenty to ponder. A possibility for fans of Hafsah Faizal’s We Hunt the Flame and Elizabeth Lim’s Six Crimson Cranes.

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