I got the first 25 pages of this book from readersfirst.co.uk and this is my first impression
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: Jan 09 2020
Sample Pages: 25p
My First Impression Rating:
In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly…
When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.
With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.
Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.
After reading the synopsis I thought the concept is interesting, and I still believe so after the first chapter I read. But I did struggle a little with the pace of it. The first 15 pages felt very rushed. I those pages we get around 6 something weeks passing by including the death of our main character death and a lot of information about the word and the family of Aderyn. Speaking of which she mentions that she is grieving but we don’t really see that I would have like to see a little more emotions. After those first 15 pages the pace slows down and we get to take a breath and digest all the information that we got.
I do also have the feeling that the story is going to be a little bit more romance heavy that I would personally like it, but I could be wrong.
After those 25 pages, I have mixed feelings but, I’m still interested to see where the story will go and if my predictions are right.