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A Throne of Swans (Paperback)

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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.

Children'sFiction & true storiesFantasy & magical realism Publisher: Hot Key Books Publication Date: 09/01/2020 ISBN-13: 9781471408755  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Katharine and Elizabeth Corr are sisters originally from Essex, now living in Surrey. When they both decided to write novels - on account of fictional people being much easier to deal with than real ones - it was obvious they should do it together. They can sometimes be found in one of their local coffee shops, arguing over which character to kill off next. Katharine and Elizabeth are authors of the spell-binding trilogy The Witch's Kiss.

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Brilliant. I loved the plot of A Throne of Swans, I thought it was unique and I had not read a book like it before. This book had me hooked from the very beginning and it was full of surprises throughout. I really enjoyed the writing style of this book, it was easy to read and flowed nicely. A Throne of Swans is full of interesting characters that are very entertaining to read about. I enjoyed getting to read about all the different characters and how they are all connected in the plot. I was kept guessing to the very end and I was shocked by the ending. I can not wait to read the next book! The cover of the book is gorgeous and was what initially drew me to the book. I really enjoyed reading this book.

- 15/01/2020
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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.

- 10/01/2020
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This story is based on Swan Lake and contains elements of betrayal, love and courage. The central character is Aderyn who was almost 18 when her father died, she gets the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in the Kingdom of Solanum. In this kingdom, the nobles can transform into birds and her ancestral bird is a swan. However, she hasn't been able to transform because she witnessed the horrific murder of her mother and she herself was inflicted with both physical as well as emotional scars. When she becomes the Protector, she decides to go to the royal court in the Citadel so that she can find out what happened to her mother which in turn can ease her pain and enable her to transform again. Despite finding out what had happened to her mother, she finds out ill things about her family and close relatives. Those that are better left buried. In the story, Aderyn grows as a character and her journey takes an unexpected turn. I don't normally read fantasy as I find it difficult for me to visualise the settings and characters. However, from the stunning front cover and the synopsis, I was in awe. The authors have done a fantastic job in describing the characters and setting. There's also a family tree and a map of Solanum to aid readers.

- 07/01/2020
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After her parents’ deaths, Aderyn has become the Protector of Atratys. Since her mother’s murder, though, Aderyn has lost her ability to transform into birds (in her instance a swan) putting her position and life at risk. She travels to the Citadel to try and establish who really attacked her mother, but the truth puts her in an incredibly dangerous position. The outcome is a really dark and fascinating fairy tale. The idea of nobles becoming birds is original and I really enjoyed watching Aderyn develop as a character over the course of the book as she gradually takes her place in order to save her country. The world she inhabits is incredibly convincingly drawn. From the first chapter you, too, will be spirited into this enchanting story and wishing that you could fly.

- 05/01/2020
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