ELS library assistant Aimee continues her winning reading streak with fantasy YA novel, A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr.
This book is set in a kingdom where nobles can transform into birds. It follows the story of Aderyn, who, following her father’s death, inherits the role of Protector of the dominion Atratys. Aderyn should be able to change into a swan but hasn’t been able to since witnessing the murder of her mother and suffering horrific injuries herself.
Aderyn decides to venture into the Citadel where her uncle rules as King in order to seek the truth about her mother’s murder. Here, with the help of her steward Lucian and her maid and best friend Letya, she must navigate a completely new world of court politics, deception and danger. Because she is the King’s niece, there are a few potential suitors queuing up in order to win her hand in marriage, forcing her to decide who is genuine and who is merely using her to gain power.
In order to save Atratys, she must overcome her physical and mental battles surrounding her mother’s death and succeed in transforming into a swan. Only then can she become what she is destined for and save the kingdom from the corruption that is starting to take hold.
I was really impressed with this book. It is the first time I have read anything by these authors. If I had to compare it to anything, I would say it is like Game of Thrones meets Swan Lake. The next book in this series isn’t out until 2021, so I have now begun reading another of their series, The Witches Kiss.