The Swan Maiden

Heather Tomlinson


The Swan Maiden

The Swan Maiden

  • Title: The Swan Maiden
  • Author: Heather Tomlinson
  • ISBN: 9780312384470
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback

Feathered A Young Adult Fantasy Fairy Tale Swan Maiden An incredible adventure, Feathered is a wonderful adaptation of Swan Lake The author Rachel Wollaston weaves a fantastic tale of magic, suspense, and romance. The Swan Lake mystery An amalgam of different fairytales All this is very well but where did that accursed swan maiden come from The legend of the shapeshifting swan maiden is a long standing folkloric trope that has countless manifestations.



In the quiet hour before dawn, anything can happen Doucette can dream of being a creature of flight and magic, of wearing a swan skin like her older sisters But she must run the castle household while her sisters learn to weave spells Her dream of flying is exactly that until the day she discovers her own hidden birthright Sudden, soaring freedom it is a wishIn the quiet hour before dawn, anything can happen Doucette can dream of being a creature of flight and magic, of wearing a swan skin like her older sisters But she must run the castle household while her sisters learn to weave spells Her dream of flying is exactly that until the day she discovers her own hidden birthright Sudden, soaring freedom it is a wish come true Yet, not even magic can protect against every danger, especially when the heart is involved As she struggles to find her own way in the world, Doucette risks losing the one person she loves most of all.


Recent Comments "The Swan Maiden"

I enjoyed this book, though it was nothing spectacular. It held a sense of "old fairy tales" for me--the traditional ones that have a lot of magic and wonder but rather flat characters. Some of the descriptions in "Swan Maiden" are exquisite, and I enjoyed the attention to the French countryside (right down to the herbs and flowers) and the sense of magic that flowed through our heroine, Doucette. However, I did not really sympathize with Doucette--or any of the characters, for that matter; they [...]

Bleh. Stupid. No thanks. Not recommended. The main character isn't a character at all. She only reacts to what goes on around her, and never consistently, only in ways that will forward the very tenuous plot. All of the characters are this way. They only do things to make the plot move. When the plot requires them to be nice, they're nice. When it requires them to be beastly, they're beastly. The only interesting thing is seen coming a mile off, and is rather a disappointment when it does come. [...]

There were parts of this book that were lovely--a fast moving plot and some interesting description, but there are better books in this genre that I would recommend I was pulled to the cash register by the cover, but there were holes, and the most ridiculous scene with one of the main characters, Jaume, walking on his hands, playing a pipe. I read the passage tens of times trying to make out how it might be possible--being a gymnast, I know you can't walk on your hands and play a tune on the pip [...]

I agree with many of the reviews that the beginning of the book was the best part because it had a very traditional once upon a time feel to it and the main character was a bullied third child. Even though the romance was a bit fast and unbelieveable(tomlinson could have provided more examples of the two falling in love or hinted more at it) I still liked the plot. The story started to drag for me in part two of the story where Doucette and Jaume had to run from her family. Doucette is barely li [...]

I don't know if it's fair that I rate this book. I didn't read it all. At the begining it was similar to Goose Girl, so I was pretty sure that I would like it. However it was so slow that I started skipping pages and then chapters. I did read the last chapter and I was glad I didn't waste my time reading it all. I suggest someone else read it and then you can tell me what a wonderful book it was and maybe I'll try reading it again.

Geared towards the lower end of the YA spectrum.I didn't like it as much as Tomlinson's Toads and Diamonds, though.I think the mother's attitude toward the two elder sisters could have been developed a bit more. We can infer what their relationship must be like - which partially explains their behavior - but it's never really demonstrated and I think a little of that might have gone a long way to fleshing out the two elder sister's characters. As it stands, they seem a little one-dimensional.The [...]

I did a book publisher on this one. Read the first page and when it didn't grab me decided to ditch it. On to another!

Review originally posted here.The Swan Maiden by Heather Tomlinson is a novel that uses the idea of a girl who can transform into a swan via a magical swan skin. This is not a direct retelling of any specific swan maiden tale, but uses elements prevalent in several, and sets it against a backdrop of medieval France. It has many fairy tale staples in it. The impoverished man seeking to perform a task to gain the hand of a maiden, magic, transformations, enchantresses. If you go into it keeping in [...]

This book started off catchy, if a bit cliche. Two mean-hearted sisters who have everything the kind, third sister wants. Good looking peasant to fall in love with. Yet, that was where the good bit ends. After that, the main character becomes a selfish brat that only thinks of herself and how she's going to prove to everyone that she's a wonderful sorceress. Sure, I could see that going somewhere interesting. Only, it doesn't go anywhere. She ends up leaving the guy that went through three tortu [...]

Reading through reviews on , I can understand why so many people dislike this book, and dislike Doucette. For me, though, she was absolutely believable and very sympathetic: that someone who has been bullied and squelched her entire life (particularly when one form of that abuse has come under the guise of "oh, but you're special, that's why I'm completely controlling everything you ever do and refusing to let you fulfill your potential") would be very, very confused when she finally escapes tha [...]

Doucette is the youngest sister. Her two older sisters are mysterious and powerful swan maidens, who can transform themselves into swans at will. Sorcery is their birthright, and Doucette longs to be like them. She may have more magic than she ever imaginedHeather Tomlinson once again shamlessly uses French as a crutch in her fantasy world, but this time it is not so painful because she claims to have based her story off of a French fairy tale to begin with. If so, it doesn't have the continuity [...]

Her sisters are swan maidens, but she is not; magicless and condemned to learn to be a castle chatelaine under her mother's stern eye, and to marry well at her parents' command, unlike her sisters who have free choice. But what if everything she has been taught is a lie? What of the young shepherd who is so kind to her? What will she make of her future, and will she succumb to the temptations of power?This was actually quite well-written and I enjoyed the characters, especially as they were much [...]

This was pleasant. Originally I picked this up thinking of the 90's cartoon "The Swan Princess." My goodness, I was wrong- but charmed none-the-less.Doulcette is a young noble, teased by her older, soceress sisters due to her lack of "swan skin." Swan Skins give the girls the ability of magic and to transform into swans or any flying creature of their magical choosing. Doulcette is a sweet girl and clearly appreciated and respected by the castle employees for her respecting them. Her mother inte [...]

Raised as a chastelaine-in-training unlike her sisters who are learning the arts of sorcery, Doucette discovers when she is sixteen years old that she too has magic in her blood, and she must brave her mother’s wrath–and the loss of the man she loves–in order to follow her birthright.This is a pretty good fairytale retelling, but there’s just something about the writing — the pacing I think? or the flow? — that keeps it from being a 4 or 5 star book. That said, I definitely recommend [...]

Doucette is the youngest of three royal sisters and the only one born without a magic swan skin. While her sisters don their magic skins and fly away each summer to learn magic from their aunt, Doucette is bullied by them relentlessly as she is trapped at the castle and taught the running of a kingdom. But when she discovers that she has some magic after all she does everything in her newfound power to live her life the way she's dreamed.A good book with some really great set-ups that falls flat [...]

I've always loved fairy tales. Their full of hope, conquer, despair, hatred and obviously love. There is always a villain, a damsel in distress, a prince (or someone type of boy who is deeply in love with the damsel), something to overcome, and finally the happy ending. I think that pretty much sums up what a fairy tale consists of. Yup.The Swan Maiden has all these concepts. It is, like I've read in other reviews, one long fairy tale. Actually, I think it's a mash up of fairy tales. We have mag [...]

As the summary says, The Swan Maiden is about a girl named Doucette. The youngest of three and the daughter of a Comte, Doucette dreams of being a Swan Maiden and weaving spells like her sisters. Unfortunately for her, Doucette is instead doomed to be a Chastelaine. Stuck cleaning and running the household while her sisters run wild with magic, Doucette envies their beauty and confidence. But most of all she envies their swan cloaks, because it's with these coats that her sisters are able to tur [...]

I liked the overall re-imagining/re-working of this fairy-tale situition, which takes multiple elements from classic European fairy-tales, but can't actually be said to be based on a certain one. However, that was about all I liked; though the actually writing was good, the characters themselves were too convincing in their flaws, and not very convincing in their virtues (Doucette's family in particular!). But, a strong, likable, lead can cover a multitude of sins, and at the beginning of the st [...]

Augh. Auuuugh. At first, everything seemed okay: a few characters were introduced that sparked enough interest in me to keep reading, and the premise seemed intriguing. But.It was like the book couldn't decide what it wanted to be. The plot seemed incredibly contrived, characters existing merely to fill their role and then go away. And even the main characters I read a whole book about these people and I still have no idea who they are! Doucette had little to no personality besides a few basic c [...]

The Swan Maiden by Heather Tomlinson 3.5 out of 5 starsDoucette Aigleron is trapped. Trapped by her mother, trapped by her position but, most of all, trapped because she has no wings.Her two sisters, Cecilia and Azelais, are swan maidens: Sorceresses who can use their swan feathers to change into swans as well as perform many kinds of magic.Each year Doucette must stay home and learn how to run a household while her sisters fly off to their aunt, the Queen of Birds, to learn the magical arts. Ev [...]

I was really into the beginning pages of this book, it had that certain fairy tale feel and I linked it with something written by Shannon Hale. But then there was a twist in the plot and I knew that the rest of the book would be dealing with that aspect. I was disappointed with how the story went, and I was almost compelled to take out my laptop and write out the way it should have ended. I probably would have ended the story in a different spot and I most definitely would have cut out some scen [...]

Docette is the third daughter of a lord, and her older sisters are both swan-maids, sorceresses allowed to flaunt their abilities and propriety -- fly in their swan skins, even. She, on the other hand, is taught the duties of a chastelaine. She thinks this is as exciting as you do. Naturally, there's more than that fate ahead of her.Written in a delicate and lovely style, The Swan Maiden captivated me for the first two-thirds or so. I was initially willing to overlook ratherblocky messaging. Som [...]

Having read fairytales all my life, I decided to try and find a new fairytale I have never heard of before. Heather Tomlinson fulfilled my need with her book “The Swan Maiden”. In this book, we follow Doucette’s journey to find self-worth and courage, in a world set out to cage her. I found this book to be very entertaining and beautifully written. This is not just a normal fairytale, with a spineless princess, handsome prince, and a loving king and queen. It covers topics not many fairyta [...]

Doucette is jealous of her sisters, who are both swan maidens. Both can change into swans and fly away at any time. They're known for their beauty and men adore them. She is the dutiful clumsy younger sister who must train to be the castle chatelain. Her sisters go away each summer to spend time with their aunt, also a swan maiden, in the hope that one of them will be her heir.Just after they leave for that trip one year, Doucette finds the swan skin that means that she, too, is a swan maiden. S [...]

I have had this book to read on my shelf for a long time. I picked it up during one of my “fairy tale retelling” binges (I go through those every 5 years of so). I was surprised by how much I loved this story; the writing is beautifully done. This is based on a French fairy tale called the Swan Maiden.This is a simple story that is sweet and beautifully written. It’s an easy read and pleasant. I enjoyed Doucette’s character and how she struggled with both wanting power and staying true t [...]

This book was truly lovely and so delightful to read. I was really happy to see Doucette's development from a shy and insecure girl to a confident and powerful woman. I'm happy she didn't let her family crush her spirit in the end. And that mother of hers! It was a wonder she didn't put a spell on her parents so they wouldn't meddle in her affairs, I certainly would have. I would probably turn them into trees so she could do what she wanted.Although I couldn't blame her family for their reluctan [...]

This was overall a hit and miss book for me. Upon first glance, I was instantly drawn to it by its lovely cover. I love how the artist plays on the human and swan form. It is beautiful. However, once I got into the book, I learned quickly that covers can be deceiving. Within a few pages, I was overwhelmed with Tomlinson's use of French terminology. It is everywhere. And while I applaud the author for attempting to make this book as authentic as possible, since the original tale has French origin [...]

Doucette is the 3rd sister, and unlike the older 2, she is not an enchantress. They have the swan skins that enable them to turn into the soaring birds. They get to travel to their aunt's castle every summer for magical instruction. She "gets" to stay home and learn more about running a castle. Until the day she finds another swan skin deep under a bed. Her swan skin, as a matter of fact. Her joy at finding it and all that the discovery entails is about equal with her fury at her parents for hid [...]

Doucette is the youngest of three sisters; her elder two are swan maidens, able to assume the form of a swan and perform High Magics. They are vain, selfish, and unkinds. Doucette is condemned by her mundane nature to be a chastelain- able to direct her servants in all their work and thus capably run a home and a demesne. This is a much more practical and useful ability, but the reality is that everyone bosses her around; she dreams of better things, a bigger world, she envies her sisters their [...]

*slight spoiler alert*Yet again I have been disappointed with a YA book. I first saw this book on booksmugglers and was intrigued mostly due to the cover and then a little bit by the blurb. Unfortunately, the lack of character depth and excitement in the plot I must say it was a slightly boring and predictable read. There was potential in the relationship between Doucette and her aunt could have been explored further for I felt that we were barely told of their time together even though it was o [...]


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