A Crown of Talons (A Throne of Swans, #2) by Katharine Corr & Elizabeth Corr, #94 review

Publication date : 14 February 2021

Fight or flight . . . or both?

Three months after Aderyn’s coronation the court is celebrating the Solstice, but Aderyn is preoccupied by Lucien’s continuing hostility. The celebrations are interrupted by the arrival of nobles who have escaped from the neighbouring country of Celonia – the flightless have risen up and overthrown their rulers. The world is changing.

As people being to question whether Aderyn and Aron are strong enough to rule, there is an attempted assassination on Aderyn’s life. Siegfried and Tallis have made their move – they have formed an army, declared war and will take the throne, by any means necessary.

Aderyn must fly to unchartered territories and risk the lives of everyone she loves to defeat her enemies, secure her throne and unite her people.

Epic, dangerous and impossible to put down, this finale takes you on a soaring journey through grief, strength and determination to fight for what is right, what you love and what is yours.

I loved the cover in a wing beat, the design represents the duology as a whole. So brutal, dark and cruel with a feather of pure white just as the sunlight hits it as though it was representing peace even in savage times.

“A Crown of Talons” is the sequel of “A Throne of Swans” written by the Corr Sisters. We are brought back straight into the festivities of the Celonia Court celebrating their new monarchs.

If you’re looking for an easy series to read, this ain’t it. It is filled with intricate court politics and centries old decrees that are old fashion to the new world. It is a short story (two books) but it seems very long in terms of the drama, intensity, violence. The Corr sisters wrote what could had been a series as long as Game of Thrones into a duology, which I thank them daily for. I don’t think I’ll have the energy to read ALL the books. Here’s a simple run down for you, imagine Game of Thrones (the bloodiness) and The White Queen series (rich abundance history), ok got that? Now, the nobles in the land have the magic to transform into Birds of their Houses, the others in the Kingdom who aren’t noble are called the flightless, they are the minority of the Kingdom. Flightless can only be touched by the nobles wearing thick leather gloves or else they will be burnt. If you love master schemes and brutal twists, this duology is for you.

In “A Crown of Talons”, the flightless are sick of the empty promises and the inequality of the Kingdom. New to the crown, Aderyn and her husband Aron must tactically evade civil war and introduce change to the old fashion nobles set on protecting the double standards luxuries and advantages their House has for centuries.

Aderyn has once again captured my heart with her fearlessness and her selflessness. As Queen, she acknowledges the double standards of the Kingdom and the privilege she has been given since birth, knowing all that, she sets out to rewrite the Kingdom with her ideals hopping to make Solanum fairer to all. In this thrilling sequel, we read on as the young rulers set to shape a new world for all. Those who do not agree, can either die in their old world or live in the new one. (see what I did there? GOT)

Thank you so much to @definitely.books for sending me an ARC! Happy book birthday to A Crown of Talons. I can’t wait to see what the Corr sisters stir up next!

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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