Thursday, December 10, 2009

Review: The Swan Kingdom


Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (October 13, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0763642932
ISBN-13: 978-0763642938
From School Library Journal : (Amazon.com)
A story loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Wild Swans." Alexandra, 15, is the daughter of a powerful king and a wise queen. Like her mother, she has the gift of the ancient ways, but her talents aren't fully developed. The queen takes her into the ancient woods to celebrate her coming-of-age, and while there is attacked by an unnatural beast. Alexandra, in spite of her magic and healing skills, cannot save her mother. The king, plunged into despair, spends every day hunting for this beast. One day he returns with a beautiful woman who seems to charm everyone in the kingdom, except his children. Even though they believe that Zella is the shape-shifting beast that killed their mother, their father marries her. When they try to break her enchantment, Alexandra is banished to live with her aunt, and her brothers are turned into swans. It is with her aunt that the teen begins to understand her power, grow in maturity, believe in herself, and find love. She also realizes that if she is to save her family and her kingdom, she must take matters into her own hands and fight.
My Review:
Zoe Marriott writes beautifully; her words grip you from the start. She's a descriptive writer who weaves a magical story. The "magic" in this story is evident from the start as the main character, Alexandra, explains it to us in a "wondrous" way without it sounding "hokey". I got the impression that this was a story of growth for our main character. She suffers great loss and has to find the strength to fight. Her journey is long and dark, and there is so much sadness in Alexandra's story. I could feel it just as the main character would through Zoe's writing. The peak of the story was exciting and had me on the edge of my seat; twists and turns; good overcoming evil. "The Swan Kingdom" showed what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself. And of course all fairy tales must have a happy ending right? Well you'll have to read the book to find out!
I adored this book and intend to recommend it to those who are interested. If you enjoyed fairy tales as a child then this is a book for you to look into. I think that teenagers and adults alike will enjoy it. As an adult myself I can say the story sucked me in and kept me reading. I personally look forward to reading more of Zoe Marriott's work!
Oh and isn't that cover Gorgeous!
*I bought this book*

6 comments:

  1. I love books that are based on fairytales! Great review!

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  2. Love books with happy endings. Great Review

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  3. This books sounds good I will have to add it to my TBR pile..nice review

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  4. Thanks for stopping by and reading the review. I really enjoyed this one!

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  5. This sounds great. I love fairy tales. And you're right, the cover is gorgeous!

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  6. Sounds fantastic. As Alyssa says, me too, love fairy tales. Great Review. :)

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