Anastasia Vila is a Swan Maiden. All the females in her family have the ability to gain their wings and transform into swans once they fall in love. Ana’s family is full of traditions and study hard to not only learn their magical powers but to defend themselves. You see, one of the traditions of the Vila’s is their long standing blood feud with the Renard family. The Renard’s are foxes. All of their family members can transform into foxes once they reach puberty and foxes and swans just don’t get along.
Once things start happening to both families the blood feud is of course thought to be the cause but both families deny breaking their treaty and harming the other. Ana just wants to fall in love and gain her wings but she finds herself trying to solve the mystery behind who is to blame for all the happenings between the Vilas and Renards to stop the feud.
I was not familiar with the story of the Swan Maidens going into reading this book so in the beginning I found myself grasping for more information. The story starts off a bit jumbled and confusing for my taste throwing a lot of little tidbits about the families and the characters at a reader all at once without going into a lot of depth. It took a few chapters to kind of sort out what was going on and get a bit more familiar with where the book was going.
Once I started understanding the story a bit more I found it an OK read. The ending probably saved it from being one that I ended up not liking at all. I wasn’t overly impressed up to the last few chapters as I found at times Ana just seemed a bit immature for my taste. Perhaps if the world and character building had been given a bit more depth I may not have felt that way but as the story stands I’d have to give this one three stars.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.