- File Size: 2334 KB
- Print Length: 282 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (March 8, 2017)
- Publication Date: March 8, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N9VB6PZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Enchanted Swans Kindle Edition
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"Ms.Nicholas' novel is a complex reworking of an ancient Irish fairytale, full ofenchanting characters and lovely imagery... most readers will find the talehauntingly beautiful, one which reminds the reader that, true to life, fatedoes not promise the world's children a perfectly happy existence--a refreshingdeviation from the norm." -- Claudette Melanson, InD'Tale Magazine
"Few can touch Christy's kettle of Irish words and names and make it all make wonderful sense- even as fantasy." - Grady Harp, Hall of Fame, Top 100 Reviewer, Vine Voice
"The author's writing style is smooth and lyrical as it needs to be; you can almost hear the clanging of swords as the children practice their techniques, or feel the beating of a raven's wing as it comes to rest on one's shoulder. You can sense magic swirling around you, just as it does to the characters.
And the ending made me cry, which is a rare thing indeed.
In short, this beautiful tale made my heart ache a little; where it soothed a deep desire for a different world and a different sort of story, it created another desire, a longing for something- somewhere- wild and beautiful and green." - Melody, Goodreads Reviewer
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I was really excited to read Christy Nicholas’ “The Enchanted Swans”, as I love it when fairy tales are expanded on and turned into longer works of romance and magic. However, once diving into the story I was a bit disappointed in some ways. The writing is excellent, so no complaints there, and the characters are really drawn well and made me genuinely care about them. So what was disappointing? Mostly the fact that with stories like this I must admit that I expect a “happily ever after” at the end, even if the original fairy tale didn’t exactly have a picture perfect ending. I was rather upset that I felt the main character and her siblings just suffered ridiculously for so long for no real reason and then died without much of a chance to experience any happiness or to really fully live out a love story. Maybe I am just someone who wants to see happy endings in fictional romance, because it certainly doesn’t always end so well in real life, but I do wish the ending had been different.
I do wish there was more of a happy ending.
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The Enchanted Swans started slow for me, it had its moments, of course, but (for me) it wasn't until - spoilers - the four main characters got turned into swans that things really took off (pun intended). The lead up, and the build-up to the point where that all happened was not intense, and I hardly saw it coming. I had not heard of nor read the myth this novel is based upon until I read this novel. It all made for an excellent twist long before the story was over.
The map provided at the beginning of the book was a great help and a good addition! I love maps, even simple ones, and it really nailed home the distances involved in the story.
I found the many strange - and to my English mind - hard to pronounce names were a barrier to entry. That meant bonding with the characters was more difficult than I might have liked, since most of the characters were intriguing at worst, and downright captivating at best. Even with all the confusing names of people and places, once I got past it, read a few pronunciation guides (including the one Christy Nicholas has in this book), and learned me a thing or two, I discovered characters with lives of their own, and breaths outside of the story itself.
I remember dreaming of swan-songs a few times when I was reading this book.
I think Fiachra (the main character's younger brother, and one of the twins born in the opening scene) was the one who truly stole the show by the end of The Enchanted Swans. He made me happy. Fionnuala (the actual main character) had grown on me by the end of the story as well, and I dare say I shed a tear or two when it was all finished and done and read and over.
It was so boring it took me weeks to finally finish it just couldn't hold my interest I only finished it hoping it would improve sadly it didn't.
Not worth wasting your time or money.