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** Finalist -- 2012 Global Ebook Awards**
Based on the Irish tale of "The Fate of the Children of Lir," *SwanSong* is the story of a jealous half-Tslyddi woman who curses her four Wolleni stepchildren to 900 years as swans. But the curse goes awry and the children are only partially transformed. The childrens' journey, as they learn to cope with their changed lives, is one
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published (first published August 1st 2011)
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Cathrin Hagey
The ebook cover of Lynne Cantwell's mythic novel SwanSong has four swans flying in an ominous, cloud-banked sky. A giant moon hovers above them, casting no light, offering no comfort. It is a beautiful picture, suitable to this enchanting young adult fantasy based on the Irish folktale "The Fate of the Children of Lir."

As in the original tale, Ms. Cantwell's novel depicts the entwined fates of four siblings, a sister, Neeve, and her brothers Kennet, Corwin, and Kyl. Six years after the death of
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Okay, so this wasn't the best book I've ever read. I wasn't as eager to read this as I have been with other books. But something about the book kept me reading. I did like the characters. The concept was interesting, but I found the action moved rather slowly at various points. And, well, there was a *lot* of focus on the singing. Which is understandable, given the title, but it felt like the point was being driven over and over that Neeve, Kyle, Kennet and Win
SwanSong had all the makings of a great book, but alas I felt that trying to tackle 1000 years or near enough of time in one book was a little hard.

The focus of the book is on the four children (if you don't know the story of the fate of the children of Lir) who are partially transformed into a swans by their jealous step mother. It was enjoyable at first, I quite enjoyed the introduction and even at the beginning thought the pace might have been a bit too fast. Sadly, the pace slowed considerab
Aug 15, 2012 Liana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh, man. This book looks so good! The title, the summary, the cover! I would absolutely love to read this.
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LOVED IT! Could not put it down!
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Lynne Cantwell grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan.

She worked as a broadcast journalist for many years; she has written for CNN, the late lamented Mutual/NBC Radio News, and a bunch of radio and TV news outlets you have probably never heard of, including a defunct wire service called Zapnews.

Lynne's vast overeducation includes a journalism degree from Indiana University, a masters degree in f
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