The Girl Who Grew Wings by Anna Waterworth
Published: July 6th 2023 by Chicken House
Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Genre: Young Adult // Fantasy, Romance, Greek Mythology
Quick Thoughts: Full of sisterhood, tragedy and devotion, bursting at the seams with golden love and sacrifice.
About The Book:
A stunning YA romantasy inspired by Greek mythology by the acclaimed author of The Fandom duology.
Twin sisters, Icari and Sephie, live in a world where magical gifts are bestowed on a chosen few, divided into three callings: healers, embalmers and alchemists.
Icari is a born healer. Sephie is shocked when she’s told she’s an embalmer; especially since she already has alchemist powers. One person holding two powers is a crime punishable by death, so Sephie now carries a fatal secret.
When winged demons steal Sephie to the underworld, only a pair of wings can bring Icari to save her twin. But can a gentle healer learn to fight – and fly?
A thrilling YA fantasy adventure romance inspired by Greek mythology
From the acclaimed author of The Fandom duology, Anna Day
A tale of love, sisterhood, magic and the triumph of life and truth over death
Set in a gorgeous desert world of Oases and citadels
I’ve been a fan of Anna’s writing ever since reading The Fandom back in 2018. So when Chicken House reached out and offered me the chance to read The Girl Who Grew Wings, which is inspired by Greek Mythology (something I adore!) I couldn’t say yes any quicker.
Told in alternating POVs by twin sisters Icari and Sephie, we are transported to a place where magical gifts are a rare treasure, those powers belonging to healers, alchemists or embalmers. Whilst Icari was a born healer and it shows in how she harnesses her confidence with it, Sephie has the shock of her life when told she’s an embalmer—because she already has a power, as an alchemist. That wouldn’t be a terrible thing if having two powers were not a crime punishable by death, a secret the sisters keep close to their chests.
Bonded by heartache and strife, Icari and Sephie use and grow their powers alongside one another. It’s how Icari meets Caszeil, a charming enemy prisoner. But when winged demons rise and kidnap Sephie to the underworld, Icari is devastated and sets out to return her home. She’s not a born fighter as a healer, but for her sister, there’s nothing she wouldn’t do to bring her back. Only a pair of wings, however, could save her twin sister. She turns to Caszeil, the only person that she could trust to help her grow wings, but in doing so he risks everything—including his life—to fly into the face of the devil himself.
Overall, The Girl Who Grew Wings was full of sisterhood, tragedy and devotion, bursting at the seams with golden love and sacrifice, holding my heart so tight as I read pages into the night. I adored the alternating POVs of the twins, especially Icari—I understood her so well and my heart broke for her, and Sephie, with every ounce of strength they mustered to overcome darkness. I don’t want to spoil anything for readers, but Icari and Caszeil . . . my heart aches. I was already a fan of Greek Myth, but this book has solidified just how much I love the genre, and Anna’s story inspired by it. Five stars doesn’t feel enough. A must read.
About The Author
Anna lives in the North East of England with her partner, three children, and two cats, and works as a Clinical Psychologist. She has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pen, but was first noticed by Chicken House in the 2015 Times/Chicken House writing competition. Anna writes under several pen names including Anna Rainbow and Anna Day, and has been published in 24 countries.