A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr
Published by: Hot Key Books
Released: 9th January 2020
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
One of my bookish goals for 2020 is to read more fantasy, so what better way to start the year off then by reading the highly anticipated A Throne of Swans by writing duo Katharine and Elizabeth Corr? I had heard a lot of early hype surrounding this book, so I was very much looking forward to getting into it.
A Throne of Swans follows Aderyn, who after the death of her father is made the Protector of Atratys, a country within a kingdom, where nobles are able to transform into the species of bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s bird is a swan, but she hasn’t been able to transform since witnessing the death of her mother, who was ripped apart by hawks, thought to be extinct. Driven by revenge and the quest for truth, Aderyn must venture into the heart of the kingdom to find out what really happened in the attack on her mother and to fight for her home.
This was a real unique, interesting fantasy that had so many elements that I enjoy within this genre. I loved the idea of nobles being able to transform into birds, and just found it so magical and captivating to read about. The way it’s described is just breathtaking and so beautifully captured in writing. The world building as well, was so well done, and you found out bits about this world in little chunks instead of having a big info dump at the start. In some fantasy novels this can happen, but with A Throne of Swans I felt that you got all the right details at the right time in the story. A lot of work must have been put into creating the world of Atratys, and for that I commend the authors.
Aderyn, was a main character that took me a while to take a liking to. At first, I found her to be naive and impulsive, it was as if she did things before really taking the time to think about them. However, as the story progressed, her character did too, and by the end I found myself rooting for her. She grew from this somewhat bratty, stroppy teen, to a fully fledged heroine, willing to fight for her kingdom. Which is admirable.
The plot, I found was a little bit slow to start off and I was left wondering when the action was going to kick off. However, once it got going it was very fast-paced with lots of mystery intertwined within. The drama within the court, mixed in with the politics made for really intriguing reading and I ended up wanting to know more as I came to the end of the book. The ending, despite wrapping up nicely, left you eager to find out more about Aderyn and her journey, and I will be highly anticipating the sequel.
Overall, A Throne of Swans was an original fantasy, that was both compelling and enchanting all in one. I have a good feeling that this is going to be a highly sought after series and I cannot wait to read book two.