*** This review may contain Spoilers ***
I confess, I’m not all that familiar with the store of Swan Lake so I can’t say if this is a good retelling or not. What I can say it was just meh. I wanted really into it but I also wasn’t bored with it either. Evelayn is the crown Princess of the light side of the Kingdom. Long time ago, a curse fell on the Kingdom years ago and took away their immortality and separated them into two Kingdoms of Light and Dark. For centuries the two sides lived in peace and keeping balance of the magic until 10 years before when the King of the Dark magic started a war to grasp both sides. Evelayn is thrust into the conflict when her Mother is killed by the King making her Queen. Now Evelayn is a fine character. She’s smart and brave and willing to do anything for country. She does what she needs to be done. She’s a fast learner. She is just coming into her powers and is able to master all of them except for the power to transform into her Swan. Only those with royal blood can transfigure. Her love interest is Tanvir is kind of bland. Several times there are hints of him not being worthy, that he has a secret, or that there is something is past that could come back to haunt him. I was starting to think that he was a spy for the Dark Kingdom and he was forced to be a spy to save his sister who isn’t dead just being held captive by the King. That would have made him more interesting at least but no. The Dark Prince, Lorcan is far more interesting to me then either Evelayn and Tanvir and I sort of started rooting for him. I know he’s technically the real big bad of the story but I was left for interested in what he was going to do then the others. I also felt how Evelayn reacted at the end was a little out of character. She never sought out violence before. She had to do what she had to do for the safety of her Kingdom and keeping balance so for her to threaten the Dark Queen like she did seemed a strange move. True she is young and obviously scared and desperate but this wasn’t the first time she felt that way and handled things better. So yeah, it was meh but I’m going to read the second book because I do want to see what Lorcan does next.