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A Throne of Swans

(A Throne of Swans #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  193 reviews
In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly...

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,
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 9th 2020 by Hot Key Books
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
4.5 stars

I think this will be the final completed read of 2019 for me and the year couldnt 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 arent 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
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,
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
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!!! 💕
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
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.
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
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. Aderyns 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
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. Its 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 Ive not been for a long while. I just didnt want to put it down as ...more
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya, arc, 2020-releases

I requested a copy of A Throne of Swans to review because Im deeply shallow and the cover is stunning. Luckily, the story was amazing and proved my shallowest instincts were absolutely correct.

Taking inspiration from Swan Lake, but not so close as to be a retelling, A Throne of Swans has incredible and original world-building and is chock full of political, royal intrigue.

I loved Aderyn. Shes such a compelling character, moving from sheltered and slight stroppy teen to a dynamic and thoughtful
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 wasnt disappointed at all, I loved it and I cant wait for the sequel

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an
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
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 couldnt 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, lets 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 felt
Dec 26, 2019 marked it as to-read
a swan lake retelling.

No more words are necessary.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would rate this book 5/5 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ this book had me hooked from the start and I was unable to put it down. This book had it all for me, great characters some which you loved and others that you really despised, characters finding love whilst fighting for their place in the world along with broken loyalties with unexpected twists and turns, it had me sitting on the edge of the seat just waiting to know what would happen next. I highly recommend reading this book when it comes out in January ...more
Beth Knight
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Hot Key of this and DAMN! My girls have knocked it out of the park. This is sterling high fantasy, Aderyn is a fantastic protagonist and her arc is realistic as she tries to navigate the political quagmire the king's paranoia has caused at court. My heart broke for her several times and the wait for the second is going to be really, really hard.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I remember how the witch's kiss ended on my bookshelf. I was buying books in a facebook group and accidentally typed the wrong title first. Instead of just deleting the comment, I looked up the synopsis and decided to just go for it. I really loved that trilogy in the end so when they announced this book I hit the pre-order button as soon as I could.

And I do not regret it at all. The book has everything I like so much in my books. First of all it has a fairytale vibe. It's slightly inspired by
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I won a copy of the arc of this at YALC, but as always, my opinions are honest.

Ooooooh yes. This was just what I needed! Really beautiful and interesting. I found the concept fascinating - especially the idea that the flighted cant touch the flightless, which is heartbreaking and a very literal take on a class divide.

As always, I really enjoy politics like this, and I found the scheming by side characters brilliant. And I loved Aaron, Odette and Aderyn in terms of how they handle it and
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Throne of Swans is the first book in a planned duology by Katherine and Elizabeth Corr set within the fantasy kingdom of Solanum where the noble families are able to transform into birds that represent their bloodline. The main character Aderyn is from the royal family but she has lost her ability to transform into a swan. After the death of her father she becomes the Protector of Atratys and she must play more of a role at the court of her uncle the king while hiding her lack of ability; she ...more
Thank you so much to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley for the eARC of this book.

The concept for this books 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 books 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
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booktails
The flighted rule, and the flightless are little more than servants. Now that Aderyn's father has died, leaving her as protector of Atratys, if anyone discovered she has lost her ability to fly, she would lose her dominion and everything her father worked for. After being kept at home all her life, now she decides it is time to go to court and see more of the world. But she has no idea of the dangers she will have to face.
I feel like I was doubting everyone, any time Aderyn decided to trust
Jamie-Lee Turner
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like, WOW.

This book is perfect in every sense. From the kingdoms to the characters to the emotions, politics, danger! Gah!

Put this one on your TBR folks.

A Throne of Swans is going to sweep its white wings across the world and SOAR.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a proof of this title, and the synopsis had me from the start! I was very excited, and this book did not let me down! I enjoyed this immensely, and I absolutely can't wait for the next book!
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars. This book is so addictive. I loved it!
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel has all the usual Fantasy elements that you have come to expect and exists in an almost Medieval world, again pretty much expected of the genre. Somehow this novel felt fresh and exciting to read and even though the familiar plotlines are scattered throughout there was just something special about the sum of the parts. It is clear that the authors have thoroughly planned their world and even if their characters then began to take on a life of their of their own the world they ...more
In the Kingdom of Solanum, all the noble families have the ability to transform into a bird. Those who cannot transform are labelled flightless and are deemed unworthy of ruling.
When Aderyns father dies she inherits his title, Protector of Atratys, however she harbours a significant secret - she cannot fly. Ever since she witnessed the brutal murder of her mother, she has been unable to transform into her familys ancestral bird, a swan.

Now as she travels to the Citadel to discover who is
Janay Brazier
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The storyline was really interesting. I do love a fantasy book. This idea that those of noble birth could turn into a particular bird depending on their family and that those who were not of nobility were labelled 'flightless' was an idea that I was invested in immediately. If you read the synopsis above, you will know that the main character's ancestral bird is a swan. However, she has not been able to transform since the death of her mother, which puts her in a very vulnerable position if the ...more
I quite enjoyed A Throne of Swans .

It did have a unique hierarchy and magic, with nobles being able to transform into birds and their touch burning those who were not of noble birth. I didn't particularly like the concept, but I haven't read anything similar.

It had some intriguing parts, some mystery and suspense, and I liked most of the characters. For the most part, I liked Aderyn, our main character. Yes, she's young and occasionally gullible and foolish, but a good and caring person.

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