Thanks to the publisher – Hot Key Books for the review copy.
Genre: Fantasy YA
Release date: 09 01 2020
Price*: Kindle £0.98 (GBP)/ Paperback £5.69 (GBP)
Kindle $1.28 (USD)/ Paperback $7.62 (USD)
Pages: ~ 352
My rating: 7/10
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What I learned from this book: Don’t trust the pretty face.
Description of the book: 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 hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.
With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.
Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.
How this book made me feel: First of all, the cover of this book was absolutely gorgeous, and I really liked the blurb. It has the Games of Throne vibe to it. 😀 I have mixed feelings about this novel, but one thing for sure, I will be waiting for the second book. 🙂
The protagonist in this book is Aderyn, and the book is told from her perspective. I liked her naivety and inexperience in the politics of the court. It was quite cute to watch her struggle to make decisions, that could change not only her life but the life of her whole dominion as well. I really liked the romantic tension in this novel as well, it was interesting to see, which of the boys Aderyn will choose. I liked all the characters the authors picked for this book, they are all diverse and intriguing. That is why I would’ve liked more perspectives, especially Lucien’s, he is such a mysterious guy, and I would’ve loved to read all his secret endeavours.
The plot was pretty slow, at least for half of the book. I liked the twists and plots the authors brought to this book, but I don’t think it was enough. Until the end Aderyn was quite weak and helpless, only at the end, she has done some surprising changes, that I loved. I think for this book, the chapters were too long. The plot was not very eventful, and I was quite bored sometimes, counting the pages to the next chapter.
The writing style was easy to read, and I can see where the authors are steering the plot, I have very high expectations for the second part. The setting of this book doesn’t change much, but I liked the detailed descriptions of the places, I think they looked stunning. The ending was a true gem, I really loved Aderyn’s choices and the intrigue created. So, to conclude, it was quite a long introduction to the upcoming book. I liked the characters and the world it was set in, but I am expecting more perspectives, more action and deceit, as well as shorter chapters in the upcoming part. Do give this book a go, I am pretty sure you will need it in the future. 😀 Enjoy!
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the authors: Katharine Corr writes books with her little sister Elizabeth Corr. They grew up in Essex and spent their childhood reading and watching huge amounts of fantasy and science fiction and following their mum and dad around old buildings. After doing university degrees (history), working in London and having kids, they realised that writing is much more fun than real life. And writing with your best friend and sister is the most fun of all.
Stuff Katharine likes: dead languages, LOTR, loud music, Jane Austen, Neil Gaiman, Loki, the Anglo-Saxons. Killing off characters.
Stuff Elizabeth likes: sketching, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, cinema, long baths, Terry Pratchett, Thor, London. Saving characters.
The stuff they both like: fantasy and science fiction, Star Wars, Star Trek, each other (most of the time).
Website: http://www.corrsisters.com/ Twitter: @katharinecorr
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