Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings

Poetry - Inspirational
105 Pages
Reviewed on 01/31/2023
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Author Biography

Author Nikita Kapoor is a multi-award-winning eleven-year-old poet and novelist. After learning to read at three years old, she began writing stories and poems shortly thereafter. As with many creatives, the pandemic gave Nikita time and the opportunity to focus on her craft and delve deeper into her favorite genres, and she started what became her newly released middle-grade fantasy title, Pack of the Lost: The Uninviting Forest and her debut poetry book, Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings.

Nikita’s poetry compilation has won multiple international awards, including a Gold Medal in poetry from the Nautilus Book Awards in 2023, and she was also awarded special honors as a debut author. In addition, her debut novel has received stellar editorial reviews and has won numerous accolades, including the Gold Medal in 2023 from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for Best First Book in the juvenile/young adult fiction category.

Nikita and her writings have been featured in the Young Mensan Magazine’s Fall and Winter 2022 issues, the December 2022 issue of Peninsula Magazine, and the April issue of Palos Verdes Magazine. She is a member of Mensa and her school’s gifted program. She is also a Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth member and was awarded Grand Honors in their talent program.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite

Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings by Nikita Kapoor is a collection of poetry that reads like one all-encompassing poem. A poem that is full of hopes and dreams ahead while still continuing to notice the past and present days that, at times, are full of turmoil and sadness. The poetry brings you into her world at that very moment, and you feel the total emotion of her headspace. Nikita’s poetry is straightforward and without frills; it is hard-hitting prose that will make you feel and think about your own future/present/past in a way that isn’t trite. One of my favorite poems is on page 11, Scarring Emotions over Agonizing Gashes, in which three favorite lines read as: “Because thoughts/inflict worse pain/than physical movements.” Kapoor writes so distinctly and with such an original stark style.

Nikita Kapoor’s Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings is a diamond among rhinestones. Not only is the prose inside the collection something you’re likely never to have read before, but the artwork created by artist Amita Kapur that accompanies the poems is quite breathtaking. It establishes a beautiful balance between the imagery in the poems and the brilliant colors that seem to have their own separate voice about them as well. What most impressed me about Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings was that the author is quite young, and it will be a treat to all readers to be able to follow her career as it continues to blossom from child to adult. You won’t want to miss Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings by award-winning writer Nikita Kapoor.

Amita Kapur

Amazing talent at a very young age. Wish this little angel a grand success .