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A Throne of Swans

(A Throne of Swans #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,346 ratings  ·  382 reviews
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 h ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 9th 2020 by Hot Key Books (first published December 5th 2019)
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Katrin D
Oh. My. God.

This was absolutely amazing! A little savage, a little heartbreaking and very original. Why aren’t more people talking about it???
Ivana - Diary of Difference
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#1 A Throne of Swans - ★★★★

A Throne of Swans by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr is the first book in the series. An epic fantasy about courage, secrets, betrayals and love. 


When her father dies, Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles can transform into birds. Aderyn's ancestral bird is a swan, But since witnessing the death of her mother, Aderyn hasn't been able to transform. Aderyn
Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars

I think this will be the final completed read of 2019 for me and the year couldn’t have finished in a better way. What more can a bookworm ask for than a book that you cannot put down and that you think of when you aren’t reading it? A THRONE OF SWANS was all of this and with the most delicious cover too.

This book had the sense of a traditional fairytale but with more identifiable traits in the characters. So, while it had a historical feel, the behaviours and actions had more of a fan
✰ Aileen ✰
Well, at least I liked Aron.
Umut Rados
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.
I picked up this book at the right time when I needed a bit of escapism with an easy-going book.
It's a fantasy kingdom inspired by Swan Lake, where there are people who can shapeshift into a bird and fly, and ones who can't. So, the flightless serve the ones who can fly.
I loved the shapeshifting magic and the strong female protagonist. She lost her father at the beginning of the book, and had to discover some secrets for herself. There's a bit of a love story, lots of
Hannah Books Life Other Oddities
Proudly proclaiming itself as ‘the most thrilling fantasy you will read all year’ Throne of Swans boasts high expectations on its cover. With dull prose, a washed out lead and predictable storyline, sadly this novel does nothing but disappoint. Throne of Swans will be published January 2020, I read a proof I won at YALC this year.
Set to inherit the powerful dominion she is trapped in Aderyn longs for freedom. Seizing her opportunity upon her father’s death, with nothing but fleeting knowledge o
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
One of my long-time goals as a British book blogger is to uplift more UK-authored/UKYA novels, and I find I can do that steadily with UKYA contemporary (due to the amount consistently being released), but I slack with UKYA fantasy. UKYA fantasy gets buried under all the releases from the American market, which my bookstagram and twitter feeds are often filled by. Often UKYA SFF won't get pub'd in American because the US SFF market is already so full. But I have noticed that Hot Key (the publishe ...more
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases
A Throne of Swans is an engaging story of royalty, betrayal & secrets inspired by Swan Lake.

Right from the start Katherine & Elizabeth Corr takes us into this magical world where nobility can transform into the bird that represents their house, where as those that aren't nobility are called flightless and are seen as lesser beings that are there to serve.

Aderyn is Protector of Atratys now that her father has passed away, one of the few people keeping her secret that she is flightless, before hi
K.S. Marsden
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
As the new Protector of Atratys and the niece of the King, Aderyn has to go to court, the one place her father tried to protect her from. She has to work out who to trust, and protect her secret - she can't fly.

I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Aderyn lives in a world where the ruling class transform into birds. The 'Flightless' lower class live and die by their harsh rules.
After an attack when she was a child, which killed her mother and left Aderyn both phy
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adored the idea of the ruling class being able to transform into birds. This was fast paced, with an interesting cast of characters. The end has me needing the next book NOW!

Full review available on my blog here.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow!! Just wow! Why aren't people talking about this book? ...more
May 22, 2021 added it
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I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book... It wasn't great, but it also wasn't awful
"I have learned that it is possible to stand in the open air with the wind on my face and still suffocate"
Thank you so much to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley for the eARC of this book.

The concept for this book’s world is what first caught my attention. Also, the cover is striking and the title, A Throne of Swans, is clearly similar to A Game of Thrones. In this book’s world, shape-shifters are the rulers and the flightless, those who cannot transform into birds, are inferior. This is the strongest aspect of A Throne of Swans. This societal structure is well thought out and depicted, including integrat
Becca (Horners_book_corner)
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Throne of Swans is the first book in a young adult fantasy duology by the sisters Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. I found it was a well-written, fast paced, fun read with excellent (and surprising) plot twists, humour and just the right touch of romance. I loved the ingenious, unique magic system involving birds that links to how the society in this book is structure. I absolutely cannot wait to find out how the story thickens and what happens to Aderyn, Odette, Lucien and Aron in the conclusive ...more
Max Lau • Maxxesbooktopia
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars-books
Review to come!!! 💕
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it

This proved to be a frustrating read! Let me explain...

On one hand, Corr has imagined a fascinating world, one where the ruling class has the ability to shape-shift into oversized birds and fly. As you can imagine, this control sadly means that all the ‘flightless’ are treated like lesser beings and taken advantage of. Even the few aristocrats that find themselves unable to fly become inferior citizens and are shunned. The resulting setting has a Middle Ages feel to it, one that works well w
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I was so excited about this book and although it didn't quite hit my expectations, I still really really enjoyed it.
I am a massive lover of birds and merging with my love of YA fantasy, this book was always going to appeal to me. I wish I could transform into a bird!
The worldbuilding was really interesting and the inclusion of the map and family tree was helpful. The elite having the powers and the poor not having any is not a new idea, however the different houses and the ideas behind t
Jun 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars, rounded up to 4 because a 3 star rating is just a bit too low for my taste.

”I have learned that it is possible to stand in the open air with the wind on my face and still suffocate.”

A Throne of Swans is an engaging and exciting Swan Lake re-telling! Bird shape shifting, a bit of romance, drama, politics, intrigues and fluid writing had me hooked and made for a fast paced read.

I do feel like ‘more’ was possible regarding some parts of the progression/depth in this first book of a
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Darkroom Tours and HotKey books for sending me a free copy of this book for review.

From the very first page, Katharine & Elizabeth take us into a a vivid, magical world where nobility are able to transform into birds which represent each noble household and where those unable to transform are known as flightless. The flightless are viewed, by the nobles, as lesser than themselves and are basically only kept around to serve.

In this book our main character, Aderyn, is made P
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to Darkroom Tours and Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of this fantastic book for review. I mean I just took one look at the cover and fell in love with it. It’s apparently inspired by Swan Lake which I have to admit I really know little about which probably helped with how original and intriguing I found this story. From the first page I was totally drawn into the story in way I’ve not been for a long while. I just didn’t want to put it down as ev ...more
thewoollygeek (tea, cake, crochet & books)
A thrilling read, I enjoyed the new take on fantasy here. I thought the world building was really good, the characters were well developed and relatable, the story was fast paced and lots of twists to keep you guessing. A Throne of Swans feels really fresh, interesting and is a breath of fresh air in YA fantasy. Looking for something new to devour , jump in here , I wasn’t disappointed at all, I loved it and I can’t wait for the sequel

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an
Jane Kelsey
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Omg IT WAS SOOOOOOO GOOD. I love it. Full review to follow
KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews

A Throne Of Swans, by Elizabeth and Katharine Corr is a Swan Lake inspired story of magic, royalty and murder.

Synopsis. Follwing the tragic loss of her mother at an early age, Aderyn is unable to transform into a swan. All noble bloodlines can transforms into a different bird, those who cannot are kown as the flightless and cannot rule. Aderyn’s father has just died and she is now the Protector of Atratys, her dominion, no longer protected by her family.

She decides to attend the court of her Ucl
Odette Brethouwer
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you love YA fantasy and/or retellings, make sure to read everything by these talented writers!

Yes,I'm gonna fangirl hard in this review, so brace yourselves.

This book is SO GOOD! It has everything you want from a YA fantasy retelling AND EVEN MORE because it is written by the Corr sisters so what did you expect? I expected nothing but excellence and I was not proven wrong!

There is nothing as soothing for the mind as a really good book! Although I have to admit, it is not good for the amount
Jadey (the Bookish)

A really solid dark YA fantasy with an original and compelling magical element, and oodles of court intrigue.

The fantasy element of A Throne of Swans is that each noble has the ability to transform into the bird of their house. When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was worried that this would just be the books Unique Selling Point that was just tacked on to make it different; but it really did work and I loved how it drove the plot.

I think it's also worth saying that if the two aut
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Why are there SO MANY AMAZING BOOKS!!!!!???
My heart and brain just cannot cope with it

Read the synopsis on Goodreads but this one is crazy. The royals turn into animals... Aderyn, the female protagonist is meant to transform into a swan, but she can't since her mother was killed. She leaves her home to go tonthe Citadel to find out what really happened.

It's really cool!! I was rooting and LOVING Lucien the whole way through the book. I didn't really care for Aderyn... why do the main female char
The Bookish Faerie
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOLY SHIT! AHH AH AH! 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.

The hypnosis c
Di Maitland
Unfortunately, this didn't live up to expectations. It wasn't awful by any means but I didn't particularly like any of the characters and feel no desire to read the next book. Full review to come. ...more
Kristina Hart
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

This was a book I kept seeing on Instagram. Book Tours and promotions really worked for this book; I couldn’t wait to read it.

A Throne of Swans is the first book in a duology, the second installment A Crown of Talons is due in 2021.

Ok, let’s get started on the review, shall we? A Throne of Swans is a book that you can get swept up in. I found it to be such a wonderfully fast-paced book, that captures the audience immediately. The story itself fe
Alice S
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
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