3 of 5 stars
Fionnuala, a fae princess, was born to loving parents, but her life changed forever when her beloved mother died giving birth to her twin brothers. After a long grieving period, her father married her mother's sister, but there was no love between them. When her step-mother/aunt curses her and her three brothers, they must live as swans for the next 900 years.
I was excited to read this book, but it wasn't what I expected. It was an incredibly sad tale full of lost opportunities and I didn't care for the ending at all. The writing was top-notch, but I found the story just meanders through the 900 years of the curse without much action. There are a few attacks and attempts to reverse the curse, but I found myself skipping lots of text just to get to the end. Why all the suffering if there wasn't some relief at the end? I realize not every tale has a happy ending, but I would have preferred a much different ending.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
In pre-Celtic Ireland, Fionnuala was a fae princess, born to a life of luxury. She knew her duty and loved her family. She missed her mother, who died in childbirth when Fionnuala was but ten years old. Still, she had hopes and dreams of love and a full life.
All her dreams were stolen from her, ripped away in a torrent of envy and magic.
Now she must care for her three brothers while learning to live under an evil curse. Will she find a way to break the spell, or would they remain swans, tethered to three places for nine hundred years?
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My name is Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon. I do many things, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing and photography. In real life I'm a CPA, but having grown up with art and around me (my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected me, as it were. I love to draw and to create things. It's more of an obsession than a hobby. I like looking up into the sky and seeing a beautiful sunset, or a fragrant blossom, a dramatic seaside. I then wish to take a picture or create a piece of jewelry to share this serenity, this joy, this beauty with others. Sometimes this sharing requires explanation – and thus I write. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. I do local art and craft shows, as well as sending my art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.
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