Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Feathered Crown: A Windflower Saga Novella by Aleksandra Layland follows the life of Kahutane, High Chief of the Kimbrii people, a character that first appeared in the book Ansgar: The Struggle of a People. The Triumph of the Heart. Queen Consort of Kimbria, Aolani, rushes back home to Kimberlee once she receives news of her beloved uncle Kahutane's illness. On his sickbed, waiting to join his ancestors and loved ones, Kahutane's life flashes before his eyes, and he pens a memoir to leave a legacy for his heirs. Kahutane recalls how he grew up with his sisters in his village, happy with their simple lives. Over the years, the rigors of life take a toll on Kahutane as he suffers heartbreaking tragedies. But he continues to strive forward, raising his sisters' children as his own, who later became his pride and joy.
Having already read two previous books by the author, I can honestly say that Aleksandra Layland has a knack for creating well-fleshed-out worlds with vivid characters that draw the reader into the story and keep them hooked until the end. Kahutane's tale gives readers a glimpse into a fascinating culture that feels like an amalgamation of the different cultures of indigenous people living all over the world. Kahutane himself is an intriguing character whose resilience and heart in the face of adversity make him thoroughly compelling to read. The Feathered Crown is a wonderful addition to the Windflower Saga seriesand broadens the scale and scope of the world and its characters. Definitely recommended.