Publication date: 9 January 2020
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.
HOLY SHIT! AHH AH AH! IT IS FINALLY HERE! HAPPY BOOK BURTHDAY!✨😭 I am ever so grateful to receive an ARC of this epic tale from @definitelybooks. As a fan of dark medieval fantasy stories, I love this book so freaking much. Think Game of Thrones but it is The White Queen and the Houses are bird names. The deception and court politics is basically a TV drama series packed into 321 pages. I did not anticipate the ending! I had something else in mind BUT HOLY FRICK! This review is going to be all over the place and 100% love.
ANDDDDD THE FREAKING THRONE ON THE COVER, UGH! LOVEEEEEE
The hypnosis covered what you need to know about the book for you to pick it up. Thus, my duty to it is to make sure you understand why I love it. I know I say love a lot, be prepared for more. Hahaha. It is a “Swan Lake” retelling btw, so cue the ballet soundtrack.
“Fly swift. Fly straight”
Since Aderyn is only seventeen and she was protected with her privilege lifestyle throughout her entire life, she had no idea of the horrors that awaited her at court. At times, she is quite immature and annoying, she lacks the ability to understand how to complicate one action can be perceived by the court in the face of power and jealousy. The authors did a fantastic job with her personality growth. She was a spoilt naive child when she entered the court, then she slowly grew smarter and took on an important role that would change the entire Kingdom. Aderyn has something most nobels lack, which is empathy and kindness. She doesn’t treat the flightless like they are a piece of shit in contrary to other novels. In fact, her best friend is her paid companion (she often wished that Letya wasn’t her paid companion). They are very close friends and loyal to each other.
I am not kidding when I said think Game of Thrones but it is The White Queen/ The White Princess for ‘A Throne of Swans”. READ IT & you’ll thank me and yourself. Happy Reading! I cannot wait for the sequel of the second book, I NEED it.
Huge thank you once more to @definitelybooks, I’m forever grateful to discover amazing reads from your recommendations.