A Crown of Talons by Katharine & Elizabeth Corr – REVIEW

Three months after Aderyn’s coronation the court is celebrating the Solstice, but Aderyn is preoccupied by Lucien’s continuing hostility. The celebrations are interrupted by the arrival of nobles who have escaped from the neighbouring country of Celonia – the flightless have risen up and overthrown their rulers. The world is changing.

As people being to question whether Aderyn and Aron are strong enough to rule, there is an attempted assassination on Aderyn’s life. Siegfried and Tallis have made their move – they have formed an army, declared war and will take the throne, by any means necessary.

Aderyn must fly to unchartered territories and risk the lives of everyone she loves to defeat her enemies, secure her throne and unite her people.

Epic, dangerous and impossible to put down, this finale takes you on a soaring journey through grief, strength and determination to fight for what is right, what you love and what is yours.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Hot Key.
Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

“We’re face to face, glaring at each other. I don’t know whether I want to kiss him or punch him.”

A Throne of Swans is a book I’m constantly recommending to fantasy fans because it’s full of political intrigue and deadly games. I’m pleased to say book two ups the ante even more. No one is safe in this book and being too trusting is a trait likely to get you killed. There’s a suffocating atmosphere of suspicion shrouding Aderyn’s court, especially with the growing flightless rebellions and rumours of a people neither noble nor flightless. Betrayal is a main theme and one Aderyn soon finds herself confronting.

“My guilt has given up whispering. It roars in my ears like the midwinter sea.”

I still absolutely adore the shape-shifting element of the story and loved seeing it more regularly in this book. However, it’s interesting to explore this privileged aspect of the nobles through the disabled character of Aron and his position within an ableist society that views the flightless as weak. With Aderyn now ruling the kingdom alongside Aron, the authors are able to further examine the toxic segregation between the flighted and the flightless and expand on the foundation laid in book one for a much-needed reform of the status quo.

“The monsters are all out in the open, and they look like us.”

Aderyn is as stubborn and passionate as ever and she is definitely one of my favourite characters in YA lit as she feels so real. I would have actually liked Aderyn to rule by herself as she proved herself to be the better leader and was just so capable and forward-thinking. I also liked the exploration of duty versus desire and the development of Aderyn and Lucien’s relationship. A Crown of Talons is a fantastic ending to this duology and I’d urge you to read the first book if you haven’t yet. Packed with intrigue, political machinations, betrayal, and romance, this duology is not one to be missed.

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