Based on the Brothers Grimm's fairy tale Six Swans, The Flight of Swans follows Ryn's journey to save her family and their kingdom.
Princess Andaryn's six older brothers have always been her protectorsuntil her father takes a new Queen, a frightening, mysterious woman who enchants the men in the royal family. When Ryn's attempt to break the enchantment fails, she makes a bargain: the Queen will spare her brothers' lives if Ryn remains silent for six years.
Ryn thinks she freed her brothers, but she never thought the Queen would turn her brothers into swans. And she never thought she'd have to undo the Queen's spell alone, without speaking.
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Sarah McGuire is a nomadic math teacher who sailed around the world aboard a floating college campus. She writes fairy tale retellings and still hopes that one day she'll open a wardrobe and stumble into another world. Coffee and chocolate are her rocket fuel. She wishes Florida had mountains, but she lives there anyway with her husband (who wrote this bio in less than three minutes!) and their family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you like fantasy or fairy tale retellings, this is a story you won't want to miss. It started slowly, but once it grabbed hold of me, I couldn't put it down. The story begins with Ryn's father, the king, recently returned from being lost in the woods, and with a mysterious and menacing new wife in tow. He's been enchanted and soon the queen has the whole kingdom under her spell. Only Ryn seems immune to her charms. She is able to help some of her brothers break free from their enchantments, and eventually they all rejoin their sister's side, but by this time it's too late. The defiant Ryn must flee, having made a bargain with the witch queen - six years of silence in exchange for her brothers' lives. But surprise - they are turned into swans, only taking human form at the full moon. The courageous and resourceful Ryn doesn't endure the six years passively. She is searching for a way both to protect her swan brothers and to eventually free them from the witch's spell. She finds help along the way from an elderly hermit, her sister-in-law, a wool spinster, and eventually from the royalty of a distant kingdom where she has fled. As a chicken owner myself, I was particularly taken with her friendship with Owain the Hen, who loves Ryn as if she's her own chick. Ryn grows and matures from a child of twelve to a woman of eighteen during the course of the book. There is a bit of age appropriate romance, some violence, and some dark moments, but this book would be wonderful for ages ten and up. I stayed up late last night to finish this book, but I was truly sorry when the story ended.
This is a great fairy tale story. At first, I thought it was going to be a Snow White story because I’m not familiar with the Grimm tale called Six Swans. It started out like Snow White, because Ryn’s father married a woman who turned out to be an evil witch. I was immediately sympathetic toward Ryn’s situation. The way that her dad suddenly ignored her was so sad. The story progressed slowly, but it became exciting toward the end. There was a lot of time spent alone in the woods, which was monotonous and slow. However, the story picked up with a change of scenery. I really enjoyed this story. It’s a great fairytale. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review.