Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

A Throne of Swans

Author: Elizabeth & Katharine Corr

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Ages 15 plus (some violence and Mild Romance scenes)

Review by: Emma, Leixlip Library



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.


You know when you see a book cover and open a book and you just know you’re going to love it? That’s what A Throne of Swans is to me. I knew I would love it, I still wasn’t prepared for just how much though. It was literally glued to my hands.

I loved everything about this book. I found the characters interesting and vivid, the world building was beautifully crafted and it simply felt like I fell headfirst into the story and I just couldn’t put it down.

The story is loosely inspired by Swan Lake, which I don’t know to much about apart from watching the cartoon movie when I was smaller. But the premise for this book was so interesting. In this book the nobles of the world can transform into birds and each noble family has a different bird, like a family crest. Aderyn can turn into a swan and falls into the royal family line, as such this book is full of political intrigue, and the storyline is enjoyable, riveting, and dark.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story so I will just say aspects of the plotline were riveting and kept me guessing and resisting the urge to skip ahead, but the overall story was relatively predictable. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed this book it’s really a wonderful story and I am dying for the next book to come out in 2021 ! A Throne of Swans is a stunning and an unputdownable read from start to finish, I cannot recommend it enough. If I were to describe it to YAF Fantasy fans I would say it is a cross between Storm Crow and Throne of Glass.

Available to borrow on Bolinda Borrowbox in audiobook format. Prefer a physical copy ? Feel free to request online from your local library here or make an appointment to visit your library here.

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