So be it. The living are more important than dead.K & C Corr
Synopsis: When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.
With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.
Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.
A Throne of Swans is a dark glittering fantasy loosely inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. We follow Aderyn on her journey to find the truth behind her mothers murder and her navigation of the dangerous royal court. Aderyn soon realises that she’ll need to keep her friends close and her enemies closer.
I loved Aderyns character for her bravery and loyalty to those she loves, even her silly moments are forgivable when I remember her age. Her various love interests play a driving force throughout the novel and I found myself pleasantly surprised by the non cliche ending.
The story moves at a strong pace and I managed to finish it in under a week which isn’t bad when that week was Christmas. Further, the numerous plot twists and deceptive characters kept me highly entertained as we learn not to trust what characters say and instead observe what they do.
If you’re a fan of The Red Queen and The Cruel Prince I believe you would find enjoyment in this story. I would love to read your thoughts if you read this book too!