Anyone who has read Lackey's Elemental Master series knows how it goes: girl has good education, magical abilities, and no mother. In the other books her father dies and she has to overcome some difficult time with the help (and love) of a man who just happens to be of a compatible element. This book does not belong in the Elemental Masters series, so the trouble starts while the father is still alive, and the necessary man has no magic.
I found the first few pages confusing. Remember this: Odette is the captured princess turned swan, who leads the other enspelled swans. Odile is the bad guy's daughter who may turn herself into a swan if she wishes, but isn't enspelled.
I hated the prince at first, and the account of his actions. This book had far more sex in it than in the Elemental Masters series. A good bit of the beginning was simply crude. Fortunately he shaped up, although not enough to really impress me. I recommend it to those who want to read all of Lackey's retold tales, but of the lot, this was my least favorite.
Anything by Lackey I love, but I've got a special soft spot in my heart for her re-telling of fairy tales. Here we have a re-telling of the Swam Princess. It's just lovely.
Excellent retake on a classic fairy tale (Swan Lake).
A lyrical fantasy re-telling of the legend of the Swann Princessess.
i really liked the book. A great twist on the classic fairy tale. Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors.
The author of this novel is an accomplished SF writer, but when she constrained herself to a retelling of the "Swan Lake" story, her skills abandoned her. The book is too convoluted and confusing to follow, and consequently, is on my list for swapping.
I normally love Mercedes Lackey, but this was not my favorite.
An interesting spin on the Swan Lake story. I liked the book, but really could have been more drawn into a trilogy. The story had so much more to tell than was told.
Excellent book but all of Lackey's books are.