THE BLACK SWAN by Mercedes Lackey

THE BLACK SWAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another reworking of an Old Russian folk tale (like Firebird, 1996), this one having also inspired the famous music and ballet Swan Lake. Following the premature death of his wife, the powerful sorcerer Baron von Rothbart seeks revenge upon womankind by capturing the most desirable ones and transforming them into swans. His intelligent daughter, Odile, trembles for the least indication of approval from her father, excelling in her learning of sorcery and guarding his captive flock, until she begins to doubt both her own role and her father’s entire motivation. Of the baron’s captives, the most mettlesome and courageous is Odette, a princess who relentlessly schemes for her freedom. There are other complications involving Queen Clothilde, regent for her selfish, wastrel son Siegfried, driven to bargain with von Rothbart to prevent the dreadful Siegfried claiming the throne. Lackey’s popular, and this one will have its adherents: decorously embroidered and pleasant but, well, feathery.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-88677-833-6
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: DAW/Berkley
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1999




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