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Mini Review: The Swan Kingdon by Zoe Marriot

A new voice in fantasy weaves a rich, entrancing tale of a girl with powerful healing gifts —- and the courage to use them to save her ailing kingdom.

Shadows fall across the beautiful, lush kingdom after the queen is attacked by an unnatural beast, and the healing skills of her daughter, Alexandra, cannot save her. Too soon the widowed king is spellbound by a frightening stranger, a woman whose eyes reflect no light. In a terrifying moment, all Alexandra knows disappears, including her beloved brothers, leaving her banished to a barren land. But Alexandra has more gifts than she realizes as she confronts magic, murder, and the strongest of evil forces, and is unflinchingly brave as she struggles to reclaim what is rightfully hers. Fantasy lovers will be held in thrall by this tale full of visual detail, peppered with a formidable destructive force and sweetened with familial and romantic love.

A really beautiful reselling of a classic fairy tale. Probably not really the sort of book I'd normally choose to read but definitely engaging enough and so beautifully written that I'd happily recommend it to others.  I enjoyed the storyline and the characters I met but what really struck me about this book is both how beautifully written it is but also how different it was to a lot of the other YA books I read. I feel bad that I haven't written a bigger review. please don't think it's a reflection on how much I enjoyed the book but more of my general brain mushiness that comes after being off work for 3 months with a broken leg!


Laura said…
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Laura said…
*adds to pile* Sounds awesome and right up my street - I do seem to tend towards the sci-fi and fantasy. Incidentally, have you ever read any Tamora Pierce? Parts of this really sounded like something from her world and I absolutely adored her writing when I was a teen.