About the Book
England, 1381: Delia’s idyllic life as daughter of an earl is shattered when her father dies and his wife accuses Delia’s seven brothers of treason and murder. The youngest is only ten years old, but this doesn’t stop the guards from hauling them off to the Tower of London. There they await a grim fate, as child-king Richard II is executing anyone who poses a threat to his throne. Delia is their only hope for pardon and freedom.
Sir Geoffrey did not expect his first assignment as captain of the guard to be the arrest of boys so young. He dutifully imprisons the brothers, but he can’t ignore the sense, rooted in personal experience, that injustice and treachery are at work.
Determined to rescue her brothers, Delia secures a position as a seamstress for the queen. Her quest is all but impossible as the executions continue. Sir Geoffrey offers to be her ally, but should she trust him in a court where everyone has an agenda?
From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a tender retelling of “The Wild Swans,” where the virtues of loyalty and love face a harrowing showdown with power and fear.
In My Opinion
Melanie Dickerson is well-known for her fairy tale retellings, and Court of Swans takes a stab at The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Anderson as well as the first book in a new series.
Delia is a character I both appreciated (especially her determination to save her brother) and disliked (she’s a worrier and doesn’t always make the best choices), but her love for her brothers is obvious throughout the story.
Sir Geoffrey fares better. He’s struggling with his own injustices but does everything he can to help Delia and her family.
I didn’t connect with the characters in this story as much as I have in others, and the climax of the story was a bit of a letdown, but overall, Court of Swans was an entertaining read and a good introduction to the rest of the Dericott family (at least some of whom will get their own stories told).
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