Who does not love a good retelling? Well here we have the cover reveal for Alexandra Overy‘s These Feathered Flames, “fantasy retelling of the Firebird folktale with a female/female romance.” The Firebird is a Russian folktale commonly seen on the ballet circuit.
I am personally not that familiar with Russian folktales, but I love a good fantasy tale so I went ahead and looked it up. I wish I could explain it here without giving anything away but overall, it looks incredibly interesting, both the original and this tale.
The thing is, the Firebird is a mythical creature featured in various Russian folktales, which is what makes it so intereting.
And part of what has drawn my interest into These Feathered Flames. So check out the synopsis here and take a look at this beautiful cover. It looks as magical and breathtaking as the Firebird, blending in reds and oranges to create something entrancing for the eye.
“A fantasy retelling of the Firebird folktale with a female/female romance.”
Two sisters. Separated by duty. One certain truth: magic always comes with a price. In the land of Tóurin, when twin heirs are born, one is raised to rule and the other becomes the next Firebird, a creature to ensure magic remains balanced.
While Izaveta remained at court, learning the lies and deception needed to survive, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious and deadly Firebird. But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power suddenly blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned. Asya returns to court for her sister’s coronation, only to feel the stirring of her first calling as the Firebird.
Now, she must navigate the unfamiliar territory of the royal courts, where friend and foe are often one and the same, to hunt down the person who used the forbidden magic. But not all is as it seems, for magic is dying in Tóurin, political schemes are in motion, and the two sisters will soon find how much their years apart have changed them both.
Interested? Head over to Hypable for a sneak peek at the excerpt.