July 19, 2021

ARC REVIEW: Crown of Cinders (Wings of Fury Book 2) by Emily R. King

Crown of Cinders by Emily R. King
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: October 5, 2021
Format: eARC
Publisher: 47North

I’m a sucker for a female empowerment story and a unique mythology retelling and Emily R. King’s Wings of Fury series delivers all of that and more.

Crown of Cinders picks up six months after the events of Wings of Fury, where the six elder Olympian siblings are still trying to overthrow Cronus. It takes place from the perspective of Althea, revealed to be the goddess Hera, who continues to fight for the protection of all women.

I loved how King gave depth to Hera’s character where many authors portray her as a harpy. Yes, she does have a habit of attacking the children of Zeus’ extramarital affairs (justified, but the children shouldn’t be punished for the fact that their father can’t keep it in his pants). In this book, we see a very feminist version of Hera. Her character is developed more in her interactions with her sisters Demeter and Hestia (Cleora and Bronte). Crown of Cinders is undoubtedly a woman-centered Greek mythology retelling. I was heartened to see their sisterly bond and reminded of my own bond with my sister. It was also fun to see the inclusion of Poseidon and Hades in this story.

Greek mythology is full of drama, and King’s writing style helped emphasize that aspect of the source material. The tension did not let up for one minute in the book, and the pacing of the story was consistent. I didn’t find myself bored at any point. Crown of Cinders was an amazing read, and I’m so happy that I was able to read it early!

I recognize that Greek mythology can be very confusing at times (especially with all the different relationships and couplings). I’m grateful that there was a family tree included at the beginning of the book to help keep everything straight.

Thank you to Emily R. King, NetGalley, and 47North for allowing me to read an early copy of this book at no cost to myself. 

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