Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite
The Feathered Crown by Aleksandra Layland is the charming account of the life of Kahutane, a man whose life and future is molded by his family and the traditions of his society. As he takes his place in his community, Aleksandra’s main character works to balance his family and his duties. Written like a journal or letters, Kahutane introduces the reader to those who are dear to him. However, as his sorrows mount, he must learn to keep from sinking into his grief in order to help himself and those around him. Kahutane’s journey through life not only affects him, but the greater world beyond his community.
In The Feathered Crown by Aleksandra Layland, the character Kahutane takes the reader through the joys and sorrows of his life with touching honesty. The author’s portrayal of this character is realistic and vibrant so that even if you have not read the first novel of The Windflower Saga, it is possible to enjoy this tale. The world building is well thought out and vivid, allowing the reader to sink into this world for a short period of time. I found myself easily caring for the people of Layland’s world, hoping all would work out. The Feathered Crown is definitely an emotional ride, but not one that crosses the line into cheesy writing. This novella is well written and makes me want to read more about this world. I would recommend this story to anyone who likes a creative world filled with well-rounded characters.