Sunday, March 22, 2009
Review: The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
From inside cover:
"Shadows have fallen across the beautiful and lush Kingdom. The queen was 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 unlike her own.
Alexandra has more gifts than even she realizes when she is confronted with magic, murder, and the strongest of evil forces. She is unflinchingly brave and calver as she stuggles to reclaim what she knows is rightfully hers."
I really enjoyed Swan Kingdom, even though it was very similar to Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest. Still, I felt that Marriott made Alexandra's story unique. The romance between Alexandra and Gabriel adds another dimension to the story that I really liked and helped to hold my interest.