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In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly... 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, In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly... 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.


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In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly... 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, In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly... 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.

30 review for A Throne of Swans

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    4.5 stars I think this will be the final completed read of 2019 for me and the year couldnt have finished in a better way. What more can a bookworm ask for than a book that you cannot put down and that you think of when you arent reading it? A THRONE OF SWANS was all of this and with the most delicious cover too. This book had the sense of a traditional fairytale but with more identifiable traits in the characters. So, while it had a historical feel, the behaviours and actions had more of a 4.5 stars I think this will be the final completed read of 2019 for me and the year couldn’t have finished in a better way. What more can a bookworm ask for than a book that you cannot put down and that you think of when you aren’t reading it? A THRONE OF SWANS was all of this and with the most delicious cover too. This book had the sense of a traditional fairytale but with more identifiable traits in the characters. So, while it had a historical feel, the behaviours and actions had more of a fantastical-contemporary feel, if this doesn’t make sense, just give it a go. The world was unusual and brought a freshness with it, this was a world built on humans that shift into different birds. Aderyn, the protagonist and Protector of her lands, was of swan heritage but she was unable to shift, putting her life at risk. This world had defined classes, those who could fly and the flightless; the nobles and servants. Some areas in the kingdom were more cruel to the flightless than others. Aderyn was new to her position as Protector and so she had her advisor Lucien and others who tried to influence her, Aron, Seigfried the King. I had no more idea than Aderyn whom she should trust. The world was interesting, the world-building was easy to grasp as it unfurled and the whole context conjured an enticing atmosphere. There were elements that were unpredictable and some that were predictable but none of that interfered with the enjoyment of the narrative. There was a gentle complexity to the budding relationships in this book with interweaving of characters and crossing-over of affections. All this was secondary to the strong leading story direction which I loved. The writing was easy to fall into and as I said, the book itself demanded to be read at all times. I cannot believe that I will have to wait a year for the next book to come out, there isn’t a desperate cliff just a desire on my behalf to read on with these characters. This was my first book by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr and I really enjoyed their style and creativity. Thank you to Hot Key Books and Darkroom Tours for the early finished copy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amybibliophile

    A Throne of Swans is an engaging story of royalty, betrayal & secrets inspired by Swan Lake. Right from the start Katherine & Elizabeth Corr takes us into this magical world where nobility can transform into the bird that represents their house, where as those that aren't nobility are called flightless and are seen as lesser beings that are there to serve. Aderyn is Protector of Atratys now that her father has passed away, one of the few people keeping her secret that she is flightless, A Throne of Swans is an engaging story of royalty, betrayal & secrets inspired by Swan Lake. Right from the start Katherine & Elizabeth Corr takes us into this magical world where nobility can transform into the bird that represents their house, where as those that aren't nobility are called flightless and are seen as lesser beings that are there to serve. Aderyn is Protector of Atratys now that her father has passed away, one of the few people keeping her secret that she is flightless, before his death he insisted that she stay in the castle so she is safe from other nobility and the king finding out. Not even Aderyns father can talk her into staying though, as she is desperate to find out why her mother was murdered years ago, an attack that also left Aderyn heavily scarred and unable to transform into herself into the family bird, a Swan. Aderyn's path to find out the truth takes on many different turns and she doesn't know if there is anybody at court she can trust. As well as this her Uncle, the king, is accepting bids from her cousins to have her hand in marriage, and he suspects her being unable to fly through rumours circling their way round court when she arrives in horse and carriage. If the truth comes out she will lose her title and her life as it is unacceptable to be noble and flightless. She finally finds somebody to confess to about being unable to transform and her quest to find her mothers murderer but as time goes on its apparent she is entering a very precarious position where she is on the brink of losing it all... My first impression of A Throne of Swans was that it had a slow start with a lot of places and names that at first I found it hard to take in, but by the time Aderyn arrives at court things really pick up the pace and we are confounded with conspiracy after conspiracy as is usually the case with stories involving royalty. I really enjoy the political stratagems and power playing characters in these young adult fantasy books and feel myself locked into the plot just a few chapters in. A Throne of Swans definitely had all of that and more, seeing characters ulterior motives played out and watching our strong minded female protagonist being one step ahead of the game when we don't expect it. I liked the way this book is not a standalone and we still get a decent ending without feeling unfinished, but enough had happened that there is an emotional connection to want to see what happens next. The romance was subtle for the most part of the book but by the end I was urgently turning the pages after finding I had developed a stronger love for the pairing than at first I realised. I am eagerly anticipating the next book from the Corr's! Thank you to Hot Key Books for sending me a proof copy of A Throne of Swans.

  3. 5 out of 5

    K.S. Marsden

    As the new Protector of Atratys and the niece of the King, Aderyn has to go to court, the one place her father tried to protect her from. She has to work out who to trust, and protect her secret - she can't fly. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Aderyn lives in a world where the ruling class transform into birds. The 'Flightless' lower class live and die by their harsh rules. After an attack when she was a child, which killed her mother and left Aderyn both As the new Protector of Atratys and the niece of the King, Aderyn has to go to court, the one place her father tried to protect her from. She has to work out who to trust, and protect her secret - she can't fly. I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Aderyn lives in a world where the ruling class transform into birds. The 'Flightless' lower class live and die by their harsh rules. After an attack when she was a child, which killed her mother and left Aderyn both physically and mentally scarred, and unable to transform anymore. If anyone finds out the truth, Aderyn will lose everything, and the King will use it as an excuse to take the valuable land of Atratys. This story is inspired by Swan Lake. The royal family (including Aderyn) are all swans when they transform, and they have held the throne for as long as anyone can remember. As she gets to know her cousins and the rest of court, she has to work out who to trust. Everyone has their own agenda, and some are even plotting to overthrow the throne. Away from court, Aderyn is learning how different Atratys is from the rest of the country. It is a haven where the flightless live in peace. Everywhere else they exist under cruel and unforgiving rules. They aren't even allowed weapons to hunt with, and the punishment is the death of their whole family. This was a wonderfully creative world, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becca (Horners_book_corner)

    A Throne of Swans is the first book in a young adult fantasy duology by the sisters Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. I found it was a well-written, fast paced, fun read with excellent (and surprising) plot twists, humour and just the right touch of romance. I loved the ingenious, unique magic system involving birds that links to how the society in this book is structure. I absolutely cannot wait to find out how the story thickens and what happens to Aderyn, Odette, Lucien and Aron in the conclusive A Throne of Swans is the first book in a young adult fantasy duology by the sisters Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. I found it was a well-written, fast paced, fun read with excellent (and surprising) plot twists, humour and just the right touch of romance. I loved the ingenious, unique magic system involving birds that links to how the society in this book is structure. I absolutely cannot wait to find out how the story thickens and what happens to Aderyn, Odette, Lucien and Aron in the conclusive sequel A Crown of Talons. I highly recommend A Throne of Swans to anyone who is a fan of Young Adult fantasy books such as The Folk of The Air by Holly Black. I will definitely be reading more by these authors.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia

    Review to come!!! 💕

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    4 stars I was so excited about this book and although it didn't quite hit my expectations, I still really really enjoyed it. I am a massive lover of birds and merging with my love of YA fantasy, this book was always going to appeal to me. I wish I could transform into a bird! The worldbuilding was really interesting and the inclusion of the map and family tree was helpful. The elite having the powers and the poor not having any is not a new idea, however the different houses and the ideas behind 4 stars I was so excited about this book and although it didn't quite hit my expectations, I still really really enjoyed it. I am a massive lover of birds and merging with my love of YA fantasy, this book was always going to appeal to me. I wish I could transform into a bird! The worldbuilding was really interesting and the inclusion of the map and family tree was helpful. The elite having the powers and the poor not having any is not a new idea, however the different houses and the ideas behind the transformation into birds was wonderful. As a bird lover, I also loved the use of bird names and latin names. The storyline was really good and held my attention. The book was well written and didn't have the feeling of two voices which the books of dual authors often do. It was seamless. The characters are sadly where I lost my way a little. Aderyn was naive, flighty and childish and I wanted to physically shake her! And yes, this is part of her character's journey but I think her naivety was taken a little too far. Siegfried was an obvious villain, too obvious for my liking with his threats and manipulation. I however really liked Lucien and Aron who had good depth and interesting features about them. I am hoping the next book has a slightly more grown up Aderyn which the prologue at the end seemed to suggest. It was a good start to the series and I look forward to reading the sequel and learning more about this world. Thank you to Darkroom tours, netgalley and Readers First for gifting this book to me in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    ThatBookGal

    I adored the idea of the ruling class being able to transform into birds. This was fast paced, with an interesting cast of characters. The end has me needing the next book NOW! Full review available on my blog here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Thank you so much to Darkroom Tours and HotKey books for sending me a free copy of this book for review. From the very first page, Katharine & Elizabeth take us into a a vivid, magical world where nobility are able to transform into birds which represent each noble household and where those unable to transform are known as flightless. The flightless are viewed, by the nobles, as lesser than themselves and are basically only kept around to serve. In this book our main character, Aderyn, is Thank you so much to Darkroom Tours and HotKey books for sending me a free copy of this book for review. From the very first page, Katharine & Elizabeth take us into a a vivid, magical world where nobility are able to transform into birds which represent each noble household and where those unable to transform are known as flightless. The flightless are viewed, by the nobles, as lesser than themselves and are basically only kept around to serve. In this book our main character, Aderyn, is made Protector of Atratys after her fathers death not long before her eighteenth birthday. After this tragic event Aderyn decides that, even though it’s advised she doesn’t, she should go to the Citadel to try to learn why her mother was murdered. Ever since witnessing her mothers murder Aderyn has been flightless, finding it too painful to transform into her families bird - a swan, due to the scars that remain on her back from the attack. Whilst she is at the Citadel she is warned that she cannot and should not trust anyone she meets there but she soon falls for a handsome nobles charm and obviously disaster ensues. Firstly, I want to say that this is the first book I have read from Katharine & Elizabeth so going into it I was pretty nervous. I love that they included a map at the start of the book and also a family tree type of thing was included which I found really helpful! I found the start of the book to be a little slow in places and I got a bit confused with all of the names that were introduced (places, characters...) for me they all felt a little similar and I struggled at the start to separate the two. I generally don’t tend to like books with a political aspect to them but I found myself so intrigued by this book that I just couldn’t put it down and I read the majority of it in less than 12 hours. For me the story really kicks in when Aderyn arrives at the Citadel, everything about it drew me in and whilst I wasn’t particularly a fan of Aderyn, I did like her cousins, Odette and Aron. Whilst I was reading this book 3 things really stood out and made me enjoy it even more 1. Whilst we have a bit of romance, I felt like it didn’t overshadow the rest of the plot. Sometimes when you read fantasy books the plot gets put on a back burner for the romance but I didn’t find that to be the case with this book. Yes the romance was important to the plot but equally everything else was important too. 2. The uniqueness of this world, the ability to transform into birds, the political intrigue and the imagination behind it all was just so well thought out and honestly, genius. 3. The writing was seamless. It flowed to well between chapters that I genuinely wouldn’t have guessed it was written by 2 authors if I didn’t already know. I found it so easy to read, as I said above I read the majority of it in less than 12 hours. Overall, a great read and I can’t wait to read the second book! It’s now one of my most anticipated releases.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jane Kelsey

    Omg IT WAS SOOOOOOO GOOD. I love it. Full review to follow

  10. 4 out of 5

    KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews

    A Throne Of Swans, by Elizabeth and Katharine Corr is a Swan Lake inspired story of magic, royalty and murder. Synopsis. Follwing the tragic loss of her mother at an early age, Aderyn is unable to transform into a swan. All noble bloodlines can transforms into a different bird, those who cannot are kown as the flightless and cannot rule. Aderyns father has just died and she is now the Protector of Atratys, her dominion, no longer protected by her family. She decides to attend the court of her A Throne Of Swans, by Elizabeth and Katharine Corr is a Swan Lake inspired story of magic, royalty and murder. Synopsis. Follwing the tragic loss of her mother at an early age, Aderyn is unable to transform into a swan. All noble bloodlines can transforms into a different bird, those who cannot are kown as the flightless and cannot rule. Aderyn’s father has just died and she is now the Protector of Atratys, her dominion, no longer protected by her family. She decides to attend the court of her Ucle, the King, with only Lucien (a noble of Atratys) and Letya (her friend and maid) to aid her. However, without the protection of her family, and the stress of hiding her flightless status, Aderyn ends up entangled into a deadly game of love and murder. As she seeks the truth of her mother’s death, Aderyn must chose who she can and cannot trust. And above all she must also protect her dominion. — Beautiful and Evocative — The Writing Style and Narrative. The Corr’s writing style is very direct but also beautiful and evocative. It took me a while to grasp the style, particularly because of the first person narrative since I am used to third person narratives in fantasy, but one I grew use to it the book was an easy read. The writing is beautifully descriptive and very easy to connect with since it is so evocative and the pacing is very good. The story has a lot of action but also parts that are less so and the balance is cleverly done so that you dont get bored or feel like it is dragging. Moreover, the writing draws you in right from the start, it is so well crafted and wonderfully written that you get hooked into the story and don’t want to leave. The first person narrative works very well for this particular fantasy, usually I prefer third, because of the main characters past, trauma and thoughts. Aderyn’s trauma is a big partf of her story and the narrative allows us to see the extent of how it has effected her physically and emotionally. It helps us to understand why she does what she does and why she sometimes makes questionable decisions. The narrative was a wonderful choice and help me to connect well with the character and the story. — Intriguing and Extensive — The Plot and World Building. The plot and world-building for A Throne Of Swans is incredibly intriguing and extensive. The plot draws on some popular tropes and arcs that exist in fantasty from fight for the throne, magical dominance, romance of higher and lower statuses to the inspiration of Swan Lake. Because of this some elements are a little predictable and initially I was unsure if this was a retelling or just inspired by Swan Lake. However, despite this the story maintains a significant amount of originality and uniqueness, and the ending was actually pretty suprising. A few elements are incredibly shocking and the tropes used are done in a clever way. The story is incredibly well-paced with a lot of action and violence. I am hoping that we will see even more severe consequences in the second book for the main cast of characters (particularly due to how this one ends!) There are a lot of elements to this story that are entwined together to create such an intense plot overall and they were all very interesting. The truth of Aderyn’s mother’s attack was an interesting element that created a lot of mystery, I only wish there was a little more to the perpetrators here, but overall it worked well to fuel the story and create a tense atmosphere of realisation and horror. The romance in the story was a little obvious but nonetheless well written with an aspect of obligation, lust, and actual love. The actual love element was sweet and heart-breaking and I did like it, especially because it did not over power the story, and I thought it ended very interestingly – my favourite part is this point because I am intrigued as to where it will go. Aderyn’s trauma and flightlessness (not a spoiler btw as you are told immediately and in the actual synopsis) is also dealt with well throughout the story and explains her dependency and her decisions throughout, while maintianing her actual intelligence and power despite any foolish choices. The world itself is very complex and I cannot wait to see more of it. Despite its complexity the book never feels like it is forcing information onto you, everything you learn you do so through observation and conversation. The world is split into the ‘flightless’ and those who can fly. Those who can fly do so by transforming into the bird of their ancestral line, the people themselves reflect their inner bird through their physique (a wonderful addition), and they are the noble, the rulers. Interestingly enough they are almost ‘destined’ to rule since it is incredibly unlikely, if not impossible, that they would marry a flightless person (for reasons I won’t disclose = spoilers) and allow for flightless heirs. The world itself is also split into dominins with ‘Protectors’ (leaders) with a monarch who rules over them all. The divide in this story is not heavily gender focused, but the main ruling characters are female and so are forced to find someone to marry, but it would be the same for a male ruler due to the laws. Furthermore, the story has laws allowing for all forms of respectful love, thus LGBTQ+ characters are represented a little (However, I do believe there is room for a lot more representation here which we will hopefully see in the second book.) However, to rule it must be a man and woman (in order to produce an heir I believe). — I look forward to seeing if this is challenged in the next book too. But, the world, laws and magic are incredibly complex and have limits and strengths which make for a fantastically indulgent world that is real and believable. The hints to Swan Lake are scattered throughout but I will leave those to you to find because it is far too spoilery! I love Swan Lake though, so I adored this inspiration and the nods to the original story! — Complex and Dynamic — The Characters. Every character created was complex and dynamic,they had interesting personalities that went beyond the surface layer of expectation and made the story all the more interesting. Furthermore, the characters are diverse (partly mentioned earlier) but we also have a character that is visibly disabled with a twofold presentation (I loved this because despite the obvious limitations the character is still incredibly able and efficient! So I loved this portrayal), I hope the diversity is developed on in the sequel. Aderyn. The main character is from a noble bloodline, and thus has the ability to turn into a swan but trauma of the past and physical pain means she is unable to. Aderyn’s character is incrediby realistic, despite the high-fantasy settng, as she is smart and determined, but also makes easymistakes and can be too trusting. Her to rotect her dominion is strong and she is rather selfless at her core, despite the focus on her mother’s death resulting in negative actions. I really loved this character even when I disagreed with her because of the realism and the layers to her personality. She is incredibly able and strong in her own right and I look forward to seeing her character develop even more! Letya. The flightless maid and friend of Aderyn. I ADORE Letya. She is so loyal and devoted to Aderyn and terribly protective. She is very supportive of her and is overall very sweet. I really look forward to seeing more of her later on. Lucien. The beautiful noble raven, clerk to Aderyn. His initial introduction portrays this character as a jerk right off the bat, as her escorts Aderyn his sarcasm and wit seems to grow and their conversations are very amusing. But, at heart he is a sweetheart dedicated to protecting Atratys, Aderyn and his family. He is loyal and hardworking, and very smart, but can let emotion cloud him and cause him to act harshly. His character is another interesting one that I loved to watch develop. Siegfried. Another noble, betrothed to Odette, charming, clever, witty and helpful he aids Aderyn a lot throughout the book. But, he can be cruel and set on his decisions, rigid in his ways and secretive. The character is complex and overall difficult to judge, but does become eaier as the story goes on. Aron. The Prince, without rights but entirely with wit. I loved this character, his initial introduction presents him as a little cruel and calculating, he is indeed clever, but overall he is just bitter and hurt. The character is very loyal and protective of his noble line and his country but comes across as cold. Complex but an amazing character overall. Odette. The Princess, the future Queen, is beautiful and obedient. She must marry, therefore she accepts the husband she needs and tries her best to be devoted and sweet. But, beneath the obedience Odette is clever, wants freedom and is kindhearted and dedicated. She will do what is best even if she will not benefit from it. I like her character a lot. King. Aderyn’s uncle and abolutely smarmy. He is cruel and relishes his control and nobility. He wants to control Aderyn and has little regard for anyone’s feelings. I really hated this character, which is of course intended, and he made for a good source of confllict. Queen. Aloof, reserved and a little cold, the Queen is a quiet character difficult to place and assess which side she stands for. Interesting character, but all I will say here. — Magical and Promising — Overall. A Throne Of Swans is a magical and promising story. I cannot wait for the next book because this one was just so magical and the characters are so interesting and complex. Whil I feel little elements were predictable, it did not ruin the story as it is incredibly well written and the ending itself was unpredictable and shocking. Perfect for high fantasy lovers, Swan Lake adorers or anyone who loves a good royal story of murder, plotting, treasons, secrets and lies. *I received a free eARC of #AThroneOfSwans by Elizabeth and Katharine Corr via #Netgalley @BonnierBooks_UK @HotKeyBooks in exchange for an honest review*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Paperbacks

    Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Darkroom Tours and Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of this fantastic book for review. I mean I just took one look at the cover and fell in love with it. Its apparently inspired by Swan Lake which I have to admit I really know little about which probably helped with how original and intriguing I found this story. From the first page I was totally drawn into the story in way Ive not been for a long while. I just didnt want to put it down as Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Darkroom Tours and Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of this fantastic book for review. I mean I just took one look at the cover and fell in love with it. It’s apparently inspired by Swan Lake which I have to admit I really know little about which probably helped with how original and intriguing I found this story. From the first page I was totally drawn into the story in way I’ve not been for a long while. I just didn’t want to put it down as everything felt on a knife edge from start to finish. Aderyn may at first seem like a typical sheltered teen, naive and a little selfish at times, however I adored how her story and character developed. She needs to get savvy and quickly. She does learn by making many mistakes at the start but her adaptability and fortitude really get the chance to shine as she becomes more adept at life at court. I felt that her flightless status was actually handled in a considered way, not only down to the physical aspect but the deep seated emotional trauma from what she was forced to watch. Add on top of that the likely overwhelming anxiety of leaving home to attend a strange place with a need to prove herself, its small wonder that she finds herself overwhelmed, especially with the attentions she receives. I really had a lot of time for her and her situation. I really liked the concept of the Nobles being able to shift into birds and indeed different types of birds depending on their family line. The powers of the nobles being able to totally rule out a particularly overused YA trope, which was a nice touch, either by design or not. If there is one thing that this story has in spades it’s tension. I started by saying that I felt the story was on a knife edge and I can’t think of a better way to describe it, so many secrets, lies, whispers and rumours. Everyone has an agenda and the times where Aderyn is left without her Clerk, Lucian, I felt terribly anxious about what would happen to her her next. There are so many layers of deceit and simmering revenge, showing a much deeper thread to the tale. In retrospect there were a number of breadcrumbs laid and I loved how things started to slot together revealing a truly terrible but exciting puzzle underneath.. The plot went far deeper than I thought it would for a YA book, it has a real maturity and darkness to it at times, but also some sweet romance and plenty of dancing! For a book that was so glorious though I have marked it down slightly because I felt frustrated with Aderyn at times as she was so unable to follow a singular piece of advice – trust no one. I accept a level of naivety on her part but I would have hoped for more caution. I’m also not a huge fan of cliffhanger style chapter endings and I felt that too many chapters finished mid conversation, it was a dramatic flare that I didn’t feel the story needed. This is of course down to reader preference but these things did bug me a little. What I did find incredibly helpful though was the beautiful map and family tree at the beginning, I think there is a place for a family tree in plenty of books and it was a real help here at understanding the history and putting Aderyn’s findings into context. A Throne of Swans is a wonderfully complex tale of intrigue and revenge and it completely wrapped me up in its world. I still feel a little heartbroken and wronged by the way certain things came to pass, I’m totally on a particular characters team and the sneak peak of book 2 at the end has left me totally desperate to find out what happens next with them. The quote on the front from the wonderful V.V James describes it as a Dark and Glittering Fantasy, and I would have to wholeheartedly agree. 4.5 Stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    I requested a copy of A Throne of Swans to review because Im deeply shallow and the cover is stunning. Luckily, the story was amazing and proved my shallowest instincts were absolutely correct. Taking inspiration from Swan Lake, but not so close as to be a retelling, A Throne of Swans has incredible and original world-building and is chock full of political, royal intrigue. I loved Aderyn. Shes such a compelling character, moving from sheltered and slight stroppy teen to a dynamic and thoughtful I requested a copy of A Throne of Swans to review because I’m deeply shallow and the cover is stunning. Luckily, the story was amazing and proved my shallowest instincts were absolutely correct. Taking inspiration from Swan Lake, but not so close as to be a retelling, A Throne of Swans has incredible and original world-building and is chock full of political, royal intrigue. I loved Aderyn. She’s such a compelling character, moving from sheltered and slight stroppy teen to a dynamic and thoughtful ruler willing to make all sorts of sacrifices to uncover the truth about her mother’s death and to protect her new subjects. I love stories that force the protagonists to make tough choices, rather than a convenient, happy solution presenting itself in the nick of time. I really loved watching Aderyn build relationships, grow and become ensconced in the politics of the corrupt royal court. The court itself was fascinating. In terms of writing, it had a real sense of aesthetic and imagery. I always felt like I could actually see the architecture and landscapes with the action playing out in front of me. I loved the details worked into the world-building: fashion, justice systems and the way each noble family had the ability to transform into a different bird. It all feels really well-thought-out and immersive. The plot is fast-paced with several mysteries to keep you guessing throughout. This was one of those books that kept me up late, promising myself: just one more chapter, just one more chapter. My heart was in my throat the whole time. A Throne of Swans is such a unique and compelling fantasy story. It’s a breath of fresh air and had me completely hooked. The only thing I want to complain about is that I NEED to read the sequel, A Crown of Talons, immediately, and I’ve no idea how I’ll wait until it comes out…

  13. 5 out of 5

    thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)

    A thrilling read, I enjoyed the new take on fantasy here. I thought the world building was really good, the characters were well developed and relatable, the story was fast paced and lots of twists to keep you guessing. A Throne of Swans feels really fresh, interesting and is a breath of fresh air in YA fantasy. Looking for something new to devour , jump in here , I wasnt disappointed at all, I loved it and I cant wait for the sequel Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an A thrilling read, I enjoyed the new take on fantasy here. I thought the world building was really good, the characters were well developed and relatable, the story was fast paced and lots of twists to keep you guessing. A Throne of Swans feels really fresh, interesting and is a breath of fresh air in YA fantasy. Looking for something new to devour , jump in here , I wasn’t disappointed at all, I loved it and I can’t wait for the sequel Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Bookish Faerie

    HOLY SHIT! AHH AH AH! I am ever so grateful to receive an ARC of this epic tale from @definitelybooks. As a fan of dark medieval fantasy stories, I love this book so freaking much. Think Game of Thrones but it is The White Queen and the Houses are bird names. The deception and court politics is basically a TV drama series packed into 321 pages. I did not anticipate the ending! I had something else in mind BUT HOLY FRICK! This review is going to be all over the place and 100% love. The hypnosis HOLY SHIT! AHH AH AH! I am ever so grateful to receive an ARC of this epic tale from @definitelybooks. As a fan of dark medieval fantasy stories, I love this book so freaking much. Think Game of Thrones but it is The White Queen and the Houses are bird names. The deception and court politics is basically a TV drama series packed into 321 pages. I did not anticipate the ending! I had something else in mind BUT HOLY FRICK! This review is going to be all over the place and 100% love. The hypnosis covered what you need to know about the book for you to pick it up. Thus, my duty to it is to make sure you understand why I love it. I know I say love a lot, be prepared for more. Hahaha. Since Aderyn is only seventeen and she was protected with her privilege lifestyle throughout her entire life, she had no idea of the horrors that awaited her at court. At times, she is quite immature and annoying, she lacks the ability to understand how to complicate one action can be perceived by the court in the face of power and jealousy. The authors did a fantastic job with her personality growth. She was a spoilt naive child when she entered the court, then she slowly grew smarter and took on an important role that would change the entire Kingdom. Aderyn has something most nobels lack, which is empathy and kindness. She doesn't treat the flightless like they are a piece of shit in contrary to other novels. In fact, her best friend is her paid companion (she often wished that Letya wasn't her paid companion). They are very close friends and loyal to each other. I am not kidding when I said think Game of Thrones but it is The White Queen for 'A Throne of Swans''. READ IT & you'll thank me and yourself. Happy Reading! I cannot wait for the sequel of thing book, I NEED it. Huge thank you once more to @definitelybooks, I'm forever grateful to discover amazing reads from your recommendations.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Hart

    A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr This was a book I kept seeing on Instagram. Book Tours and promotions really worked for this book; I couldnt wait to read it. A Throne of Swans is the first book in a duology, the second installment A Crown of Talons is due in 2021. Ok, lets get started on the review, shall we? A Throne of Swans is a book that you can get swept up in. I found it to be such a wonderfully fast-paced book, that captures the audience immediately. The story itself felt A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr This was a book I kept seeing on Instagram. Book Tours and promotions really worked for this book; I couldn’t wait to read it. A Throne of Swans is the first book in a duology, the second installment A Crown of Talons is due in 2021. Ok, let’s get started on the review, shall we? A Throne of Swans is a book that you can get swept up in. I found it to be such a wonderfully fast-paced book, that captures the audience immediately. The story itself felt reminiscent of the Swan Lake story, which added a fairy tale feel. It is marketed at the YA fantasy audience, but I feel it could be enjoyed by so many. The story itself follows Aderyn, a newly appointed Protector of her Dominion in the Kingdom. She is from a line of swan ancestors. Each noble family can transform into a bird, with each classification unique to the family. The royal family is of swan blood, as the title suggests. Also, Aderyn is third in line to the throne, after the current king and her cousin Odette. Aderyn, however, cannot shift after she is injured and witnesses her mother’s murder in a horrendous attack. Being unable to shift is not something she wants people knowing, as it could end with her losing her Dominion or her life, it's very serious. The non-noble families are known as Flightless, as they can’t transform into birds. Many Dominions treat the Flightless poorly. This does not sit well with Aderyn, he feels that many changes are required in the Kingdom. Aderyn, makes the decision to go to the Citadel to find out who murdered her mother, and why. She is so hell-bent on finding clues and details, she ends up making decisions and friends with some unsavory characters, which risks her Dominion and herself as Protector. She must learn who she can trust, her friends? Family? This book was full of surprises. I found I did not expect the plot twists that occurred, which really made me happy. I love unexpected plot twists. For all you budding romantics, there is a beautifully crafted love story involved between two of the characters, which sated my romantic side nicely. This was a buddy read with the lovely Booktiamo. We originally said we would read 3 chapters a day, that soon changed, we had both read the book within three days. I have to say I could have devoured the book in a day. 4 1/2 stars!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kaya

    a swan lake retelling. No more words are necessary.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Thebooknerd90

    I would rate this book 5/5 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ this book had me hooked from the start and I was unable to put it down. This book had it all for me, great characters some which you loved and others that you really despised, characters finding love whilst fighting for their place in the world along with broken loyalties with unexpected twists and turns, it had me sitting on the edge of the seat just waiting to know what would happen next. I highly recommend reading this book when it comes out in January I would rate this book 5/5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ this book had me hooked from the start and I was unable to put it down. This book had it all for me, great characters some which you loved and others that you really despised, characters finding love whilst fighting for their place in the world along with broken loyalties with unexpected twists and turns, it had me sitting on the edge of the seat just waiting to know what would happen next. I highly recommend reading this book when it comes out in January 2020.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth Knight

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Hot Key of this and DAMN! My girls have knocked it out of the park. This is sterling high fantasy, Aderyn is a fantastic protagonist and her arc is realistic as she tries to navigate the political quagmire the king's paranoia has caused at court. My heart broke for her several times and the wait for the second is going to be really, really hard.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    I remember how the witch's kiss ended on my bookshelf. I was buying books in a facebook group and accidentally typed the wrong title first. Instead of just deleting the comment, I looked up the synopsis and decided to just go for it. I really loved that trilogy in the end so when they announced this book I hit the pre-order button as soon as I could. And I do not regret it at all. The book has everything I like so much in my books. First of all it has a fairytale vibe. It's slightly inspired by I remember how the witch's kiss ended on my bookshelf. I was buying books in a facebook group and accidentally typed the wrong title first. Instead of just deleting the comment, I looked up the synopsis and decided to just go for it. I really loved that trilogy in the end so when they announced this book I hit the pre-order button as soon as I could. And I do not regret it at all. The book has everything I like so much in my books. First of all it has a fairytale vibe. It's slightly inspired by Swan Lake and even though the story is a lot more than a retelling, the vibe of the story is there. It's magical and in a way also dark and scary and that atmosphere is partly set by the wonderful writing style that fits the world and the characters so much. Because the world is another highlight of this book. I'm pretty sure we haven't even seen half of it, since we spent most of the time at the Citadel, but it's not that hard to understand why Aderyn loves it so much, why she cares so much about it. The glimpses we saw, the wonderful places we heard about, I would totally love to explore all those spots and I hope we get to see more of the world outside the Citadel in the next book. And although I didn't form a very strong emotional connection with the characters, I did care about them and I did enjoy the politics, the complicated interactions and patterns, the intrige and all the layers. Every time I thought we kinda knew a character a new side was added and revealed and our image was once more shaken. And I'm sure that we're far from done with this game of Chess, so I can't wait to see what will happen next and what other characters will reveal different colors. I don't think I can pre-order the next book already, but if I could I would have done so now.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    I won a copy of the arc of this at YALC, but as always, my opinions are honest. Ooooooh yes. This was just what I needed! Really beautiful and interesting. I found the concept fascinating - especially the idea that the flighted cant touch the flightless, which is heartbreaking and a very literal take on a class divide. As always, I really enjoy politics like this, and I found the scheming by side characters brilliant. And I loved Aaron, Odette and Aderyn in terms of how they handle it and I won a copy of the arc of this at YALC, but as always, my opinions are honest. Ooooooh yes. This was just what I needed! Really beautiful and interesting. I found the concept fascinating - especially the idea that the flighted can’t touch the flightless, which is heartbreaking and a very literal take on a class divide. As always, I really enjoy politics like this, and I found the scheming by side characters brilliant. And I loved Aaron, Odette and Aderyn in terms of how they handle it and approach the goings on around the throne. I’m definitely intrigued with this one and am eagerly awaiting book 2!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Loves Books and tea

    A Throne of Swans is the first book in a planned duology by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr set within the fantasy kingdom of Solanum where the noble families are able to transform into birds that represent their bloodline. The main character Aderyn is from the royal family but she has lost her ability to transform into a swan. After the death of her father she becomes the Protector of Atratys and she must play more of a role at the court of her uncle the king while hiding her lack of ability; she A Throne of Swans is the first book in a planned duology by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr set within the fantasy kingdom of Solanum where the noble families are able to transform into birds that represent their bloodline. The main character Aderyn is from the royal family but she has lost her ability to transform into a swan. After the death of her father she becomes the Protector of Atratys and she must play more of a role at the court of her uncle the king while hiding her lack of ability; she also wishes to discover who was behind the death of her mother.. This was a well written fantasy and one of the better YA fantasy books I have read. I also think it would have crossover appeal to adult readers as well. I enjoy books where a young woman must hold her own in a court of more powerful and older men. I also love stories with lots of mystery and political intrigue so this was perfect for me. Solid world building and good character development also ensured that this was an enjoyable read. Recommended if you like fantasy novels. Thank you to Readers First for the chance to read and review this book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    M.T.Wilson

    Thank you so much to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley for the eARC of this book. The concept for this books world is what first caught my attention. Also, the cover is striking and the title, A Throne of Swans, is clearly similar to A Game of Thrones. In this books world, shape-shifters are the rulers and the flightless, those who cannot transform into birds, are inferior. This is the strongest aspect of A Throne of Swans. This societal structure is well thought out and depicted, including Thank you so much to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley for the eARC of this book. The concept for this book’s world is what first caught my attention. Also, the cover is striking and the title, A Throne of Swans, is clearly similar to A Game of Thrones. In this book’s world, shape-shifters are the rulers and the flightless, those who cannot transform into birds, are inferior. This is the strongest aspect of A Throne of Swans. This societal structure is well thought out and depicted, including integration into the characters’ language and interactions. Aderyn is a likeable but uninteresting protagonist. She has a strong character arc, as she seeks to overcome her own fears and regain her ability to fly. However compared to most of the other characters she seems entirely honourable and above reproach. Lucien criticises some of her actions, as she thinks before she acts at times, and is unversed in court manners. But I felt her character lacked depth. Other characters were quite one-dimensional, and the antagonists weren’t intimidating and lacked motivation beyond a need for power. Any reasons for their actions are left a mystery, making them into almost caricature power-hungry villains plotting to take the throne. One antagonist in particular features substantially in the book, having multiple conversations with Aderyn, and giving the authors ample opportunity to provide insight into that characters motivations. But sadly that wasn’t explored at all, missing an opportunity to add more depth. Unfortunately the majority of the book was predictable. For a story revolving around court intrigue, it was lacking in said intrigue. While some scenes had potential, not enough tension was conveyed through the writing to create a sense of suspense. The writing is fairly simplistic and didn’t paint a particularly strong picture. I wouldn’t agree with the bold claim in the summary above that it is ‘written in rich detail and evocative language’. The pace picks up in the second half, and there is some action, but I was far from the edge of my seat. The climax of the book takes place at an execution and was a bit rushed, including glazing over how one character escapes capture. I thought she had been taken by the villains, but the following chapters suggest she was successfully rescued off-page, which was a little confusing. Although this review may not seem positive, I did enjoy the book. The world-building is good, with little details that brought it to life. The problem is that I didn’t feel anything while reading. I wasn’t afraid for the characters or happy for them. I didn’t feel any suspense. Which I think is why it falls flat. Despite intriguing world-building, the characters or plot itself aren’t innovative or memorable enough to make it stand out amongst all the other young adult fantasy out there.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    The flighted rule, and the flightless are little more than servants. Now that Aderyn's father has died, leaving her as protector of Atratys, if anyone discovered she has lost her ability to fly, she would lose her dominion and everything her father worked for. After being kept at home all her life, now she decides it is time to go to court and see more of the world. But she has no idea of the dangers she will have to face. I feel like I was doubting everyone, any time Aderyn decided to trust The flighted rule, and the flightless are little more than servants. Now that Aderyn's father has died, leaving her as protector of Atratys, if anyone discovered she has lost her ability to fly, she would lose her dominion and everything her father worked for. After being kept at home all her life, now she decides it is time to go to court and see more of the world. But she has no idea of the dangers she will have to face. I feel like I was doubting everyone, any time Aderyn decided to trust someone I thought they would betray her so I was on the edge of my seat through most of the book. I could not stop thinking about this book and it's characters every time I put the book down. I want to know more about Aderyn's father and his motivations. I feel like his character was left quite unfinished. I am very relieved there was a satisfying ending, I was terrified of being left hanging, though I still can't wait to get my hands on book 2.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jamie-Lee Turner

    Like, WOW. This book is perfect in every sense. From the kingdoms to the characters to the emotions, politics, danger! Gah! Put this one on your TBR folks. A Throne of Swans is going to sweep its white wings across the world and SOAR.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Manon

    I was lucky enough to receive a proof of this title, and the synopsis had me from the start! I was very excited, and this book did not let me down! I enjoyed this immensely, and I absolutely can't wait for the next book!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chantelle

    4.5 stars. This book is so addictive. I loved it!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marjorie

    This novel has all the usual Fantasy elements that you have come to expect and exists in an almost Medieval world, again pretty much expected of the genre. Somehow this novel felt fresh and exciting to read and even though the familiar plotlines are scattered throughout there was just something special about the sum of the parts. It is clear that the authors have thoroughly planned their world and even if their characters then began to take on a life of their of their own the world they This novel has all the usual Fantasy elements that you have come to expect and exists in an almost Medieval world, again pretty much expected of the genre. Somehow this novel felt fresh and exciting to read and even though the familiar plotlines are scattered throughout there was just something special about the sum of the parts. It is clear that the authors have thoroughly planned their world and even if their characters then began to take on a life of their of their own the world they populate is so strongly imbued with a sense of "reality" that it grounds the whole novel. Whilst the sister authors profess that the idea germinated from Swan Lake, the plotline is sufficiently different from the folktale that apart from the odd nod the reader would not have known if we hadn't been told. Yes, we have a princess of the Cygnus dynasty called Odette but there is no Odile. Yes, there is the threat of her being turned permanently in to a Swan. Other than that either I was so absorbed in to the story that I found it difficult to spot other nods or they are exceptionally well hidden. The main story arc follows Aderyn of Atratys and picks up after the murder of her mother 6 years prior to the start of the story which starts with the death of her father. All nobles must be able to shift in to their bird form but since the attack that killed her mother she has been unable to transform. Thrust in to the position of Protector of Atratys Aderyn is caught between a rock and a hard place as she must travel to the Silver Citadel to pay homage to her Uncle, the King. Full of courtly intrigue and a real sense of being out of your depth, Aderyn proves to be a wonderful narrator. The Citadel pulses with life under her descriptions and her blundering first experiences of Courtly etiquette really bring the character to life. Initially I did wonder how she was going to develop from seeming a pathetic, lost character to being the protagonist but her growth is natural and wonderfully handled. With a host of supporting characters that are as wonderfully drawn as Aderyn this book really does draw the reader in. There is a tendency to linger a little too much on internal monologues of despair which I felt unnecessarily slowed the story in places (hence 4 Stars instead of 5). There is a little bit of everything thrown in to the mix - social commentary (particularly the treatment of the Flightless by the Nobles), family ties, friendship, romance and the way that duty dictates the way your life is lived. Mainly though it is a book about intrigue and shifting allegiances. Fortunately it is pitched in such a way that as events unfold nothing feels overdone or unbelievable within the context of this ethereal world. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this book and I am very definitely looking forward to the next installment. Forget the YA designation, if you are a fan of Fantasy books then this one will hit the spot nicely - actually, if you are a fan of Historical Fiction then it pretty much works as well. THIS IS AN HONEST AND UNBIASED REVIEW OF A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK RECEIVED FROM READERS FIRST.

  28. 5 out of 5

    yorkshirebooknerd

    In the Kingdom of Solanum, all the noble families have the ability to transform into a bird. Those who cannot transform are labelled flightless and are deemed unworthy of ruling. When Aderyns father dies she inherits his title, Protector of Atratys, however she harbours a significant secret - she cannot fly. Ever since she witnessed the brutal murder of her mother, she has been unable to transform into her familys ancestral bird, a swan. Now as she travels to the Citadel to discover who is In the Kingdom of Solanum, all the noble families have the ability to transform into a bird. Those who cannot transform are labelled “flightless” and are deemed unworthy of ruling. When Aderyn’s father dies she inherits his title, Protector of Atratys, however she harbours a significant secret - she cannot fly. Ever since she witnessed the brutal murder of her mother, she has been unable to transform into her family’s ancestral bird, a swan. Now as she travels to the Citadel to discover who is responsible for her mother’s death, she must keep her secret from being discovered or risk losing control of Atratys forever. Katharine and Elizabeth Corr have created a vivid world full of secrets, betrayal and political intrigue. The story is well structured and the writing is immersive. Although the general premise of the story isn’t anything new, the introduction of the shape shifting adds something a little different. I particularly liked that this wasn’t the main feature of the book, despite being important to the overall story. The shape shifting was integrated into the plot seamlessly and enhanced the plot rather than overwhelming it. Now for the one little flaw in this otherwise fantastic book - Aderyn, as the main character, felt too immature and naive. Now I know this is part of her character growth and is a result of her father keeping her sheltered away in Atratys, but it was frustrating at times. Siegfried was a fairly obvious villain and she takes an age to question his motives. She also seemed to be oblivious to the treatment of the flightless outside her own dominion. However this did seem to improve as the book progressed so hopefully it will continue to improve into book two. Despite Siegfried’s obvious villainy, I was unsure about the rest of the characters motives and who to trust. Lucien’s advice of “Trust no one” seemed very apt and I was expecting betrayal at every turn which kept me on the edge of my seat. The supporting characters were brilliant, in particular I loved Lucien and Aron and I’m hoping we get more of them both in the next book. Although there are a lot of unfamiliar character and place names, the inclusion of a map and family tree definitely helped me to keep track of where they all fit. Finally I have to finish my review by mentioning the absolutely stunning book cover 😍 It contains so much detail and is very atmospheric - a great representation of the book itself! Now begins the impatient wait for book two. Is it 2021 yet? 4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Thank you to @darkroomtours and @hotkeybooks for providing a #gifted copy as part of the Bookstagram tour. All opinions are my own and provided willingly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Janay Brazier

    The storyline was really interesting. I do love a fantasy book. This idea that those of noble birth could turn into a particular bird depending on their family and that those who were not of nobility were labelled 'flightless' was an idea that I was invested in immediately. If you read the synopsis above, you will know that the main character's ancestral bird is a swan. However, she has not been able to transform since the death of her mother, which puts her in a very vulnerable position if the The storyline was really interesting. I do love a fantasy book. This idea that those of noble birth could turn into a particular bird depending on their family and that those who were not of nobility were labelled 'flightless' was an idea that I was invested in immediately. If you read the synopsis above, you will know that the main character's ancestral bird is a swan. However, she has not been able to transform since the death of her mother, which puts her in a very vulnerable position if the other nobles were to discover this secret. The first part of the book seems to focus on world-building, giving descriptions of the kingdom of Solanum. This allowed me to really immerse myself in this fictional world before getting into the finer plot details and getting to know the characters more. I liked that there was a map and a family tree included at the front of the book. I do love a map and the family tree was very helpful at the beginning when you're having lots of new, unfamiliar names thrown at you. They both allowed me to see how people were linked and how close their lands were. The second part of the book is definitely more character-driven, which I loved. I liked the main character of Aderyn. She had a good story arc, great development for a young girl who has lost her parents and you can really see how far she has come when looking back to the opening pages. There were a lot of other great, well-written characters. I honestly wouldn't say there was a single character that I didn't enjoy reading about, because even if they weren't the nicest person they added so much to the story. I really liked Letya, Aderyn's 'flightless' lady-in-waiting, who was such a good friend to Aderyn. I also like Aderyn's cousins, Aron and Odette. I especially liked Odette and the nod it had to The Swan Princess. I could honestly talk about every character as I didn't really have a favourite, but I loved all of their interactions and relationships so it's hard not to mention everyone. The last ones I will mention in this post are Lucien and Siegfried, who are both very different from each other in so many ways but I think they are both brilliantly-written characters. Katherine and Elizabeth Corr's joint writing style makes for a beautiful read. I struggled to put it down because of how easily it flowed. The only thing that got me to put it down one night was the fact that I was going back to work after having two weeks off over Christmas and needing to get a good night's sleep before going back. It was really addictive in parts and I read the entire book in only a few sittings. I also really like the book cover, despite knowing that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover (but I am a sucker for a nice book cover!) Overall, I enjoyed this book and I am really looking forward to reading the second book, A Crown of Talons, when it's released.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andreea

    I quite enjoyed A Throne of Swans . It did have a unique hierarchy and magic, with nobles being able to transform into birds and their touch burning those who were not of noble birth. I didn't particularly like the concept, but I haven't read anything similar. It had some intriguing parts, some mystery and suspense, and I liked most of the characters. For the most part, I liked Aderyn, our main character. Yes, she's young and occasionally gullible and foolish, but a good and caring person. I I quite enjoyed A Throne of Swans . It did have a unique hierarchy and magic, with nobles being able to transform into birds and their touch burning those who were not of noble birth. I didn't particularly like the concept, but I haven't read anything similar. It had some intriguing parts, some mystery and suspense, and I liked most of the characters. For the most part, I liked Aderyn, our main character. Yes, she's young and occasionally gullible and foolish, but a good and caring person. I wasn't too keen on the romance, mainly because it was very predictable and went from barely acknowledging to themselves that they like each other to level: +1000 in the blink of an eye. I also really dislike love triangles, but the dynamic could be interesting in this one. (view spoiler)[There's something about tortured characters that really draws me in, so I was pretty sure I'd like Aron from the start. I'm rooting for him now, since it's so obvious he's in love with Aderyn and she, while liking and caring for him, does not return his feelings. I love a bit of unrequited love - as long as it does eventually become requited. It's just a shame that Lucien is a nice guy... (hide spoiler)] Plot-wise, I can't say it was brilliant, but it did keep me interested and I would be curious to find out what happens next and how they manage to overthrow the system and make it fair towards the oppressed 'flightless' people.

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