The Enchanted Swans

The Enchanted Swans

by Christy Nicholas

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BN ID: 2940153977959
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication date: 03/08/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 716 KB

About the Author

Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon, has her hands in many crafts, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing, and photography. In real life, she's a CPA, but having grown up with art all around her (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected her, as it were. She loves to draw and to create things. She says it's more of an obsession than a hobby. She likes looking up into the sky and seeing a beautiful sunset, or seeing a fragrant blossom or a dramatic seaside. She takes a picture or creates a piece of jewelry as her way of sharing this serenity, this joy, this beauty with others. Sometimes this sharing requires explanation – and thus she writes. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. She does local art and craft shows, as well as sending her art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.

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The Enchanted Swans 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Tink1113 More than 1 year ago
The Enchanted Swan is a book that enveloped me from the very beginning and just kept pulling me in deeper and deeper the more that I read. I loved the Celtic theme. This book made me cry and get angry and sometimes made me smile. The characters were so real I felt like they all stole a little piece of my heart and at times broke it. I could not get enough of this story I sat up into the wee hours of the night reading as I couldn't put it down. Once I reached the end I became a bit down hearten as there wasn't any more. I am so smitten with The Enchanted Swans that I will re-read it again and again!
cutelittleearsAB More than 1 year ago
This was a interesting story. Four siblings are cursed to be swans by a jealous woman. Throughout the years they try to discover a way to break the curse. I liked this story. Keep it up.
snowbunny1977 More than 1 year ago
New author for me and I really liked the blurb and was excited to read it. It wasnt that far into it when I thought uh oh. I plugged on though and it didnt get better. It was a truly sad story and well it was so very slow and I was bored. So bored. The time jumps didnt make it easier but confusing sometimes. I couldnt connect with the characters. I really tried though! I know we're supposed to be surprised but this was just a sad story and the end wasnt a HEA I dont think anyways. It depressed me. These siblings just had a horrible childhood and adulthood was just sad. I keep repeating that but thats just what it is. I tried but it wasnt an enjoyable read for me.
jcresce1 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting tale. The author provided alot of Irish Folklore that was great to learn. Some of it dragged a bit, but I know it was part of seeing the main character growing up so it was necessary. It was a sad tale and did take a while to get to the swan part of the story. There was more to the story then what was mentioned in the blurb. It was essentially a recounting of a young girl growing up and everything her and her family goes through. Definitely a unique tale.
amartinez87 More than 1 year ago
I had a difficult time getting into this story. It jumped time frequently and didn’t have much of a story to it. There wasn’t much if any growth in the characters and the story was just lackluster and dragged for me. There was lots of history and mythology that enriched the story but unfortunately for me I found myself bored at times.
Allykitten More than 1 year ago
This book starts out in pre-Celtic Ireland in 460 BCE which is approximately 2,500 years ago. This book is broken into four parts and twenty-three chapters, with just under 195 ebook pages. This book is about Fionnuala, also known as Nuala, and her three siblings, Aed, Fiachra, and Conn. These children have had a terrible childhood and an even more unfortunate life. The children’s mom dies in childbirth with the twins, Fiachra and Conn. The father eventually remarries and the children’s new stepmom is pure evil. Think Cinderella, but way worse! Their stepmom curses the children and turns them into swans for 900 years. This book tells the story of the children, their family, their life as swans, and their continued search to find a way to have the curse removed. A top reason I love reading fairytales is because I want to be whisked away and taken to another world. More importantly, a better, happier, peaceful world where dreams come true and happy endings not only exist, but is the norm. Sadly, I didn’t really get any of that with this book. This book is not a happy fairytale book – not even close. This book is dark and sad filled with sorrow, loss, heartache, torment, and tragedy. The author’s writing is so detailed it was easy to picture the story in my head, as if it were a movie that was playing. The research is top-notch and it is clear that the author knows Ireland, it’s culture, heritage, and customs. This author shows great promise with such an intriguing and fascinating imagination and a true passion for storytelling! So, I, like most reviewers on here, cried – a lot! I was emotionally invested in this story and the characters. You don’t really relate to the characters as I’m sure not many of us are royalty or have ever been turned into a swan lol. However, you connect and sympathize with the children and have hope, love, and courage for them and their chance to return back into human form. There are a lot of raw emotions in this book. I’m glad I read this book at home since I don’t really enjoy crying in public. I loved that at the beginning of the book there was a map of Ireland. It was nice to be able to see where the locations were in this book and see the distance between the spots. I also loved that at the end of the book there was a glossary of Irish terms and pronunciations. There were names, places, and such included in this glossary. This was very helpful and overly utilized as the Irish lore and heavy Irish and Scottish Gaelic names were difficult to pronounce. Maybe it was just me, but I definitely kept flipping to the back and googling terms I didn’t quite recognize or understand. However, I am not very familiar with Irish terms in the first place so perhaps I had to rely on these helpful tools more so. In addition, at the end of this book, there is an author notes section that provides more insight into Irish lore and background info. It was interesting to read and provided understanding to the author’s writing style. Another helpful and unique feature in this book is that at the beginning of a new chapter the year featured is listed. This definitely helps for following and understanding the story and the timeline. All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend this book to readers that like fairytales, Irish lore, and fantasy books. Just beware – you might need a box of tissues on hand! **Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book **
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Enchanted Swans by Christy Nicholas is a retelling of an ancient Irish tale, The Children of Lir. Fionnuala is a fae princess in pre-Celtic Ireland, who was raised to honor her duty and to put everything, even love, second to her title. When her mother dies giving birth to her twin brothers, she struggles to understand why her position comes first. After losing her first love to an arranged marriage, she thought that's the worst her life could get ... until an suspected foe places a curse on her and her three younger brothers. Trapped as swans, they struggle to adapt as they search for a way to break the curse. But can this curse be broken? Christy Nicholas delivers a magical retelling of an ancient tale, writing the story in a way that pulls you along on the journey at every step. It opens with the tragedy of her mother's death, which sets the tone of the story, so that even though she was born and raised in luxury, there's darkness in her world. She loses her mother to death, and then her first love to another, but Fionnuala keeps going. She's a strong lead that is easy to relate to. The most tragic part is the time Fionnuala and her siblings spend as swans, because it slowly counts down the time as everyone around them ages, and everything slowly changes. Their people gradually move underground while more humans arrive and build structures. Despite the passage of time, there was always some hope for them to find a way to break the spell. The Enchanted Swans is mystical, enchanting, bittersweet, and tragic ... everything a true fairytale should be. A must-read for any fairytale lover!
Midniteiz99 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read this story. It returned me to memories of my childhood. As we all know, the TRUE fairy tales (myths) often did not have the endings so many expect today. While reading, I couldn't help but get attached to the characters and would have liked "the happy ending" but this story, I think, was based on a genuine myth of old. Christy Nichols did an excellent job of telling the story in a compassionate and detailed manner. I must say, this reminded me of the many nights I spent as a child listening to my grandmother tell me the fairy tales of her youth. The cover is spectacular in my opinion as well... beautifully magical and fanciful. That is in fact what drew me to the book when I first saw it! I would easily recommend this book to my friends, there is no bad language, no explicit sex, and is based on an old, often overlooked fairytale, so can easily be read to older children even though it's an adult novel, It reminded me of so many wonderful memories I shared with my grandmother when she would read to me as a child.
Midniteiz99 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read this story. It returned me to memories of my childhood. As we all know, the TRUE fairy tales (myths) often did not have the endings so many expect today. While reading, I couldn't help but get attached to the characters and would have liked "the happy ending" but this story, I think, was based on a genuine myth of old. Christy Nichols did an excellent job of telling the story in a compassionate and detailed manner. I must say, this reminded me of the many nights I spent as a child listening to my grandmother tell me the fairy tales of her youth. The cover is spectacular in my opinion as well... beautifully magical and fanciful. That is in fact what drew me to the book when I first saw it! I would easily recommend this book to my friends, there is no bad language, no explicit sex, and is based on an old, often overlooked fairytale, so can easily be read to older children even though it's an adult novel, It reminded me of so many wonderful memories I shared with my grandmother when she would read to me as a child.