A Throne of Swans - Katharine & Elizabeth Corr (ARC)
"The first book in an irresistible, soaring duology.
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."
I received this ARC from NetGalley for free in exchange for an honest review.
A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr will be published on the 9th January 2020. I will include all the links to the authors at the end of the review!
I am including some trigger warnings underneath because this book does deal with some serious themes, I really hope that they do not spoil anything but I wanted to make sure that nobody got accidentally triggered!
TW: graphic violence, torture, death, incest and attempted rape.
First off, I just need to say WOW! Honestly, I feel like that sums up my whole review but I should probably go into a bit more detail! After finishing this book, I had a serious book hangover! I can't think of or concentrate on anything else. I loved the idea of this book as soon as I read the blurb on NetGalley and it honestly deserves all of the hype it is getting. I've had such a hard time trying to put my feelings into words. It definitely exceeded any expectations that I had for it.
I'm already planning on buying this book when it comes out, even though I've already read it! I need it on my bookshelf plus it is definitely one I want to reread again and again. Also the cover is extremely gorgeous and would fit in lovely with my bookstagram.
"I'm not going to run, and I'm not going to hide. I'm going to fight."
I loved all of the characters! They range from downright lovable to deceptively wicked. I really enjoyed following Aderyn on her journey of discovery. Although she is naive after being stuck in her gilded cage, she shows her passion, kindness and willingness to do what is right throughout the book. She has her flaws but her heart is always in the right place. She has to quickly adjust to new surroundings and use her intelligence to understand the manipulations of the court whilst keeping her own secrets and trying not to be killed in the process. With all of the conspiracies and power grabbing it is the perfect book for fans of Game of Thrones.
On the other hand, we also have Lucien. *Insert heart eyes here.* He is sarcastic, cheeky and also fiercely protective of his home. He, albeit reluctantly, is helping Aderyn navigate her way through the court and the duplicitous royals. I love this character and his partnership with Aderyn, they make such a good team.
The writing is so clever and there are so many great twists and turns that I definitely did not see coming! It was a really enjoyable reading experience - so enjoyable in fact that I couldn't put it down and literally finished it in one sitting! Alongside the great storytelling, this book also offers interesting commentary on classism. Especially with the rule that "the flighted rule; the flightless do not" and the flightless are treated abhorrently. They are sneered at and heavily oppressed.
Additionally, there was also a little bit of LGBT+ representation which I enjoyed seeing. I would've loved to have seen it developed further and it would be great if it is explored more in the next book! The world that the authors have built is just amazing and so well thought out. If you couldn't tell already, I really enjoyed being a part of this world and learning about different parts of it with Aderyn. I can't wait for the sequel and I am desperate to know what is going to happen next. I am so excited to see how the story is going to progress.
Thank you so much again to NetGalley, the publishers and the authors for the chance to review this ARC!
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Thank you for reading my thoughts, you can also find me on my Twitter and Instagram! Make sure to keep an eye out for A Throne Of Swans on the 9th January 2020! Not too long to wait now. Let me know if you have any recommendations of what I should read next.
About the Authors
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 that 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 spellbinding series The Witch's Kiss.