ARC Review: A Throne of Swans

A Throne of Swans



SERIES: A Throne of Swans #1


REPRESENTATION: MC with PTSD, Bisexual Side-Character




A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.


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…


A Throne of SwansIn 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.


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