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The Swan Riders

(Prisoners of Peace #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,275 ratings  ·  305 reviews
Greta Stuart had always known her future: die young. She was her country's crown princess, and also its hostage, destined to be the first casualty in an inevitable war. But when the war came it broke all the rules, and Greta forged a different path.

She is no longer princess. No longer hostage. No longer human. Greta Stuart has become an AI.

If she can survive the transitio
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Erin Bow The narrator is still Greta, and she's still bisexual, but her sexuality is less centered in the story than it was in SCORPION. The more central roman…moreThe narrator is still Greta, and she's still bisexual, but her sexuality is less centered in the story than it was in SCORPION. The more central romantic relationship in SWAN belongs to other characters, and it's kind of ... complicated. It will not make the homophobes happy, let's say that. (less)

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Elle (ellexamines)
This book and The Scorpion Rules are extremely different in a lot of ways, barely even forming a coherent duology - we'll talk about that later. Yet they relate in one important way; they're both fantastic. This series may be polarizing, but if it's your thing, it's absolutely worth the read.

The Swan Riders builds up so much character development, for both Greta and Talis. Talis continues to be one of the best villains in all of literature; he's terrifying, but also complex and incredibly sympat
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
The Swan Riders is such a different book from The Scorpion Rules. The pacing is off, the story falls more on the boring side, and it’s hard to care about the main characters here in the same way you do in the first book. Let me explain...where in the first book we have the preceptures and Children of Peace being the sort of setting. That’s different here. We left the preceptures and are journeying across Saskatchewan to the Red Mountains. Yup, this is more a journey book.

Talis takes on a much
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The The Scorpion Rules was one of the best books that I've read all year. It's a huge relief to say that this one sticks the landing.

Greta, Talis and a group of Swan Riders have left the Precepture overland on horseback to get Greta to safety. She's a new and fragile AI, the first one in a hundred years, and exposure to her old life is dangerous. Talis's actions in the previous book have also left the Pan-Polar Alliance in a state of political turmoil and there's no guarantee that people they co
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Beautifully written. Like, amazingly beautifully written. Great story, too, of course. Looking forward to reading more from the author.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Swan Riders (Prisoners of Peace #2)
Author: Erin Bow
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2016
Genre: YA Dystopian, YA Science Fiction

This review can be found on my BlogTeacherofYA's Tumblr, or my Goodreads page

My Review:

To see my review for the first book, The Scorpion Rules, click here: Teacherofya: The Scorpion Rules review

I honestly needed some time away from this novel in order to review it. Why? Well, I had a paper to write for my Shakespeare class, but that's not it. I th
An absolutely worthy sequel to The Scorpion Rules. This is going on my favourites 2016 shelf next to the first book. ...more
Ellen Gail
Sep 16, 2015 marked it as to-read
Already dying to read this. If I could just have it now, that would be great.

Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

If you have read my review of The Scorpion Rules, you will know that I was very very impressed with the first book in the Prisoners of Peace series by Erin Bow. I raved about the world building, the characters, the diversity found among said characters, as well as Erin Bow's writing itself. I was also very happy with the credibility of Erin's writing, despite the fact that she is describing fictional events which happ
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2016, favourites

Having loved Scorpion Rules, it was with some trepidation that I started this sequel.

The action immediately carries on from the previous book, and I couldn't help wondering how the author would pull off having the main character so fundamentally changed, especially since the narration is in the first person. Would Greta's voice, now that she is an AI, be too different and perhaps alienating? Thankfully, she is recognisable, and yet very different at the same time.

Bow doesn't take any shortcu

I hate to do it, but I'm just not feeling invested in this travel story, plus this world is just too bleak and I can't take it right now. I may give this another shot some other time.
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
The Scorpion Rules was one of my favorite YA books of 2016 so I was excited for the sequel. Unfortunately it feel short of my expectations. It lacked the emotional depth of the first one. I had a really hard time caring about the characters which made me not care about the story. There is a deeper meaning here about the differences between a human and an AI that was interesting but I don't think it was executed very well. I also found this to be unnecessarily confusing where the Scorpion Rules w ...more
E.K. Johnston
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hi, so yeah. I blurbed the first one, so this is going to be pretty unobjective.

I. LOVED. IT.(view spoiler)
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the many wonderful things in this and the previous book, The Scorpion Rules, is the snarky humour of the AI. In this we get a double dose from Michael and Two.

A must-read author.
I’m not even sure where to begin with “The Swan Riders” aside from saying that Erin Bow somehow managed to outdo “The Scorpion Rules.”

I don’t want to write much because almost everything in the book is unexpected. It’s excellent. Great character development; non-stop plot. There is also a very healthy dose of existentialism, which is always a plus to me. A bonus was that it had some parts that scared nightmares into me. In something that very rarely occurs, the story could stop with this book or
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*throws this book in the face of anyone who thinks YA is 'simple'* ...more
Excellent. Review soon on The Book Wars.
Amber J
Ok, so this story went in a whole weird direction that I wasn't expecting. Not really bad. It was really slow-moving though and I had a hard time staying into it. The last quarter of the book was the best part and the only part I was able to sit through and not force myself to keep going.

The series as a whole was an interesting and disturbing concept. I think that this and many other stories are trying to tell us something about AI and the risks. True or not, I'm not sure I wanna take that chan
Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛

This was an interesting little book. It pretty much only gets its tag and rating because it's a sequel to a very likely contender to my 'Best Books of 2017' list, and while this is a very good book, it's vastly different from The Scorpion Rules, and a lot of it was actually kinda confusing.

Let's start with the good stuff, because there actually is a lot. I liked seeing Greta's transition in an A.I. I liked how she talked, how she thought, how she figured things out. Althoug
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Okay listen. The first book was incredible. Mind-boggling. Hilarious. Riveting. Couldn't set it aside. But this one. THIS ONE.

Not Great.

Yeah sure it was poetic. Had a few laughable quips. But it took Talis and made him into something beyond confusing. It drained him of his humourous indifference. Honestly, I was just majorly confused by so much. And Greta? Grace? What? There's just so much going on that doesn't really need to be explained in such a roundabout way. Most of it was just nonsensical
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This sequel to The Scorpion Rules has been one of my most anticipated books of the year for a while, and I was so thrilled when I received an ARC. The villain has a bigger part in the story and there are so many Canadian references. Greta is still such an amazing character, even if she is no longer human. Despite all this, I had some problems with the pacing of the book, and didn’t enjoy as much as I could have.

The Swan Riders is so different from the first book, T
Jay G
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
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Just like book 1, Tallis was by far my favourite part of the story. He is sassy and sarcastic and I love the little comments he makes throughout the book. He's very similar to Deadpool in my opinion, AND I LOVE DEADPOOL. Greta really annoyed me in this book. She didn' t seem to have an ounce of personality and I just did not care what she was doing or what happened to her.

I was very disappointed that
Kate Woods
Did you ever pick up a book you knew little about? Maybe it was on sale, or someone gave it to you. Then you read it and it was life changing and gorgeous and you didn’t understand why everyone wasn’t talking about it. That was The Scorpion Rules for me. I got it while it was on sale for Kindle and I devoured it in one day, only stopping to dry my tears and gush to my little brother about how perfect it was. When I heard there was a sequel, I was understandably worried. The Scorpion Rules had on ...more
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I loved this book. I'm not sure how else to really express that sentiment other than to just say it. Beautifully written, engaging and utterly unique, The Swan Riders continues to play on one of our biggest fears as a society; What happens when our creations turn on us? Worse, what happens when we become our creations?

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Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
I thought Scorpion Rules would be perfectly fine as a stand-alone, but oh well
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still so unique, I don't know why this serie is so different but I really like it, such great characters here. ...more
Stories about artificial intelligence are, universally, about what it means to be human.

I mean, most stories are about that in some way, but AI brings a particular sort of laser focus to the subject. If human science can create sentient life, what responsibilities do we have to that life? What distinguishes it from us, and what rights is it entitled to? Or the reverse: if it becomes possible to upload consciousness, is the resulting entity as human as when they were flesh-and-blood? What gets lo
Jamie Coudeville
I had higher expectations for this book. First of all, super pissed that there was no Xie, only mentions. Secondly, the AI storyline got really confusing at times. I think some aspects needed to be explained better. And I wish it had gotten a different ending. It just didn't feel like closure.

I'm not saying I hated it, but it could've been more.
I can't handle this many bi anxious AI world-saving feelings I am an emotionally compromised robot in a meat body HELP

Talis is to AI as Howl is to sorcery. Prisoners of Peace is to optimism in scifi as the Hyperion Cantos are to nihilism in SF. Greta is the love of my literary life in all her failures to deal with horses and all her decade-plus of Greek poetry without recognizing romance until it kisses her straight in the face.

I love these two. The sequel is vastly different from Scorpion, but
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars.

The first book was nothing at all what I expected - it was a heavy, more politically inclined dystopian thriller. The second book again shocked all expectations out of me, the heart bled through on almost every chapter, every scene of The Swan Riders. It was an exploration of humanity in every way, of love and relationships and idea's about morality, autonomy, and identity. It was heavy but it was poignant and Greta was a character that landed in my heart and head and refused to budge.
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Swan Riders begins almost exactly where the Scorpion Rules ends, and I don't think I've ever encountered two books connected by plot, characters and time that are, despite those things, so staggeringly different. Both very good, but yeah, very very different.

I didn't always know what was going on in the Swan Riders, and looking back the plot is kinda thin, and yet it's written with such elegance and beauty that I barely cared. It helps that different versions of the same person fighting is like
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