A Throne of Swans Synopsis
Note: This review is spoiler-free!
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.
Why did I pick it?
I was between audiobooks and this one came up as a recommendation. I’m always a bit wary of book titles starting with “a throne of” these days. I’m always expecting a bland imitation of the ever-popular throne of glass series… boy was I proved wrong!
What I loved about
Luckily there isn’t a massive host of characters to get to know here so the authors are able to spend time developing the personality of the protagonists. I think they did this successfully and can’t wait to see how they develop and grow further overtime in future novels.
What I loathed about it
At no point did I feel the story lagged, it was action-packed, moving from one intrigue to the next. If I was left wanting anything it was just more of the same. I didn’t feel the same level of tension or shock at the reveals as I have in some other books, but I haven’t for a long time. I think I read to many of these types of books to do so anymore. It certainly didn’t spoil my enjoyment.
I usually only listen to audiobooks for an hour in the evening but I got through this in 2 nights, I just couldn’t stop, I loved it! Yes it’s predictable in places, but as a lover of YA fantasy, this was an enjoyable read that left me with a warm satisfied feeling.
The next instalment isn’t due for a while but I cannot WAIT for when it lands.
When and where can you can get it
You can purchase A Throne of Swans on Amazon today