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This is an alternate cover edition for the same book ASIN: B01BLL9M8M Their parents are gone.They have not just gone. They have gone with all their furniture. There is something small and peculiar in young Bo’s hand — it’s Dad’s ring. How could Dad have left without the ring? Bo is abducted. Chasing after him, his older siblings Jack and Brianna dive into a wormhole that take This is an alternate cover edition for the same book ASIN: B01BLL9M8M Their parents are gone.They have not just gone. They have gone with all their furniture. There is something small and peculiar in young Bo’s hand — it’s Dad’s ring. How could Dad have left without the ring? Bo is abducted. Chasing after him, his older siblings Jack and Brianna dive into a wormhole that takes them to the land of Taron, a perilous land fuelled by hatred and plagued by vicious snake-like, man-eating bokwas. Blue-skinned Baran people catch them and sell them to an arena where Barans entertain themselves watching slave boys fight to the death. Dad is there, staring at them like they are strangers. The contest is brutal; the rules are clear — one game, one survivor. There are boys as young as Jack. Can he kill? And there’s Brianna, the one he has spent all his life squabbling with, and the last person he thought he would care about. If he doesn’t kill, she will die. There’s no choice. He must kill, for Brianna, for Bo ...


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This is an alternate cover edition for the same book ASIN: B01BLL9M8M Their parents are gone.They have not just gone. They have gone with all their furniture. There is something small and peculiar in young Bo’s hand — it’s Dad’s ring. How could Dad have left without the ring? Bo is abducted. Chasing after him, his older siblings Jack and Brianna dive into a wormhole that take This is an alternate cover edition for the same book ASIN: B01BLL9M8M Their parents are gone.They have not just gone. They have gone with all their furniture. There is something small and peculiar in young Bo’s hand — it’s Dad’s ring. How could Dad have left without the ring? Bo is abducted. Chasing after him, his older siblings Jack and Brianna dive into a wormhole that takes them to the land of Taron, a perilous land fuelled by hatred and plagued by vicious snake-like, man-eating bokwas. Blue-skinned Baran people catch them and sell them to an arena where Barans entertain themselves watching slave boys fight to the death. Dad is there, staring at them like they are strangers. The contest is brutal; the rules are clear — one game, one survivor. There are boys as young as Jack. Can he kill? And there’s Brianna, the one he has spent all his life squabbling with, and the last person he thought he would care about. If he doesn’t kill, she will die. There’s no choice. He must kill, for Brianna, for Bo ...

30 review for Children of Swan (The Land of Taron, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Elizabeth

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Coral Walker.) This wasn’t a bad story, but I lost interest. This story was about three siblings who woke up one morning to find their parents gone, and then found out that their parents were royalty from another planet. Jack and Brianna came across as quite immature, and I can’t say that I really liked them all that much, and the storyline just lost me. I think that other people might enjoy this b (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Coral Walker.) This wasn’t a bad story, but I lost interest. This story was about three siblings who woke up one morning to find their parents gone, and then found out that their parents were royalty from another planet. Jack and Brianna came across as quite immature, and I can’t say that I really liked them all that much, and the storyline just lost me. I think that other people might enjoy this book, but it wasn’t one for me. 5 out of 10

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jolly Per

    Note: I received a copy of this book for read-to-review basis. Three kids woke up to find their parents missing. Slowly, the kids, Jack, Brianna and Bo, unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of their parents. Children of Swan was a full-throttle adventure. It had a very interesting premise and interesting characters. The storyline was neither bad nor good; it started out okay, but I slowly lost interest in the story and the characters. In many parts, the story dragged and could have been m Note: I received a copy of this book for read-to-review basis. Three kids woke up to find their parents missing. Slowly, the kids, Jack, Brianna and Bo, unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of their parents. Children of Swan was a full-throttle adventure. It had a very interesting premise and interesting characters. The storyline was neither bad nor good; it started out okay, but I slowly lost interest in the story and the characters. In many parts, the story dragged and could have been made much more interesting. Too cliche, too much exposition, too boring. At one point, I felt it was like Hunger Games. But some of the situations, events and even the way kids' react were far-fetched; a scene where you fight endlessly for days until you exhaust your strength, a dissaperance the parents together with the furnitures and an event where they should they cry but ended up having word war. If the story focused on how the Prince and the Princess went after missing in that epic battle, I might as well be interested on how the story will progress. Like a Prince and a Princess went missing, two tribes where they can't bore a kid together? Ha! How would that go, right? At the end of the day, it will still boil down at this; Children of Swan did not grab me and I almost stopped reading. I did, however, skim. It has a cliffhanger ending which makes you want to read what'll happen next. But am I gonna read the next book? Prolly not.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cyril Patrick Feerick

    Once I started reading Children of Swan by Coral Walker, I didn't really know what to expect. It follows the story of Jack and Brianna who wake up one morning to find their parents have disappeared to a distant planet. It was an interesting read and quite entertaining. Although aimed at YA readers, there is some violence and desperation mixed in. However, sometimes the story gets bogged down with clichés. That been said this book is exciting and has a great collection of characters. I would defi Once I started reading Children of Swan by Coral Walker, I didn't really know what to expect. It follows the story of Jack and Brianna who wake up one morning to find their parents have disappeared to a distant planet. It was an interesting read and quite entertaining. Although aimed at YA readers, there is some violence and desperation mixed in. However, sometimes the story gets bogged down with clichés. That been said this book is exciting and has a great collection of characters. I would definitely recommend it to other sci-fi fans! So am I going to continue reading this series? Yes! Especially after the way this one ended!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Pentelow

    Review of Children of Swan book1 by Coral Walker I am glad I bought this book, firstly because I enjoyed it and secondly because I can post my review on Amazon as a purchaser where it will help to boost sales. Three children awake to find their parents are missing. No note, no explanation, no clues as to why they have gone or where. What follows is their determined search to find the missing pair. This journey takes them across dimensions to an assortment of locations none of which are friendly a Review of Children of Swan book1 by Coral Walker I am glad I bought this book, firstly because I enjoyed it and secondly because I can post my review on Amazon as a purchaser where it will help to boost sales. Three children awake to find their parents are missing. No note, no explanation, no clues as to why they have gone or where. What follows is their determined search to find the missing pair. This journey takes them across dimensions to an assortment of locations none of which are friendly and all are threatening. The author constructs environments both futuristic and barbarous with enough detail to raise unease in the reader without hindering the fast moving story with lengthy description. She covers adult topics such as betrayal and racial discrimination in an arm’s length manner which enables detached consideration and judgments to be formed. Unlike many stories of this kind the characters are complex and full of real failings not super beings floating above reality. This is not a comforting book the children face real danger and you need to read on to find their solutions and if they will survive. This is a thriller, and adventure, full of excitement and pace with new worlds and situations which present day children have no training to face. Buy this book for a good read, thrills and spills and the thing that every reader wants when they finish an entertaining book, there are more in the series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    (I received a copy from the author, In exchange for an honest review.) Actual rating - 2.75 The characters in this annoyed me. This wasn't a bad read, but it's not something that I really enjoyed. I found it slightly hard to follow at points, and the whole thing just struggled to keep my interest unfortunately.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    The English used in this fantasy is good but the story lacks charm. The two older children - Brianna and Jack, sixteen - come across as much more immature than their age, while the youngest Bo, a decade younger, doesn't do much but eat sweets. This seems to be based on the Lemony Snicket model because the tale would have moved a lot faster with just the twins. Oddly in a book which looks as though it's aimed at young teens, we early get abductions, bombing, distrust of Social Services (or are th The English used in this fantasy is good but the story lacks charm. The two older children - Brianna and Jack, sixteen - come across as much more immature than their age, while the youngest Bo, a decade younger, doesn't do much but eat sweets. This seems to be based on the Lemony Snicket model because the tale would have moved a lot faster with just the twins. Oddly in a book which looks as though it's aimed at young teens, we early get abductions, bombing, distrust of Social Services (or are they?) and racism (blue skin versus red or pale skin), without any of the gravitas and social comment of a dystopian future. The author takes the children into a world run by aliens in which we see dead babies and babies with scales in incubators. All before the kids are split up and Jack is put into arena death matches which include stabbing to death. Possibly the author means to demonstrate that race bias is wrong, but she didn't keep me engaged. The young people don't seem to do much problem solving or growing, just cope physically with challenges. Some readers will of course enjoy this tale more than I did. I recommend parental guidance before giving this to anyone under sixteen. I availed of a free download. This is an unbiased review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Book Gannet

    This book was a struggle. It started out as this odd old-fashioned tale, where the parents have vanished leaving three kids alone. I found it very hard to believe that Jack and Brianna were both sixteen – they argue all the time and neither of them are remotely mature, Jack seems a lot older than Brianna, and they definitely don’t act like two children raised as siblings. At one point, one saves the other, and all they can do is complain because they got hurt in the process – no thank you, just This book was a struggle. It started out as this odd old-fashioned tale, where the parents have vanished leaving three kids alone. I found it very hard to believe that Jack and Brianna were both sixteen – they argue all the time and neither of them are remotely mature, Jack seems a lot older than Brianna, and they definitely don’t act like two children raised as siblings. At one point, one saves the other, and all they can do is complain because they got hurt in the process – no thank you, just a complaint. Nice. Then it suddenly goes all sci-fi with aliens and worm holes and space travel… and to be honest I felt a bit lost. I felt no connection to any of the characters, it was obvious what was going to happen with Bo, and Jack makes some completely random leaps in logic to shout accusations and put together clues that weren’t even there. Baffling. Especially when they then won’t believe the obvious. Then we end up in Taron, and the story goes from a simple kids tale, to this violent, miserable world with horrible things happening all the time – enslavement, death, torture, torment, tyrants – and if this hadn’t been given to me for review I would have stopped reading, because I really wasn’t enjoying it. The real problem for me was that I couldn’t connect with the characters at all. Nor do the characters themselves seem to connect with what’s happening to them. Jack goes through so much in this book, yet none of it seems to affect him. He just keeps trying to smile and throwing out random giggles (there are a lot of random giggles) and taking every new twist with an unbelievable air of calm. He doesn’t feel anything, but then nor does Brianna. It’s weird. Add in the Barans themselves, with their strange twisted politics and a wicked, evil prince… There is so much going on, yet this is only a shortish installment of a three part book. It felt like it was trying to do too much, so skimmed over plenty of things, and left the characters hanging without giving me anything to connect to. Sadly, this book just wasn’t for me. I found it too simple at the beginning, too rushed in the middle and too depressing in Taron. If I’d liked the characters more, I might have enjoyed it, but in the end I’m afraid I didn’t. If you want something quick, where lots of things happen, some of them fairly unpleasant, and you’re more interested in fast plots than interesting characters, you may well enjoy this. It blends sci-fi and fantasy quite well and there’s always plenty of things going on. You might have to fill in a few gaps yourself, though, and be aware that because this is only part one, it does end on a few cliffhangers. But if that sounds like your sort of thing, enjoy. (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Claire

    The start of this book leaves the reader with more questions than answers, and Walker tantalizes the reader with small clues along the way to a fascinating conclusion. This unique fantasy will entertain the young reader as they follow Jack and Brianna in their search for their brother Bo and their parents. At first the characters felt a bit underdeveloped and I found myself a little annoyed at the attitudes of Jack and Brianna in particular. However, as the story progressed, they showed great pe The start of this book leaves the reader with more questions than answers, and Walker tantalizes the reader with small clues along the way to a fascinating conclusion. This unique fantasy will entertain the young reader as they follow Jack and Brianna in their search for their brother Bo and their parents. At first the characters felt a bit underdeveloped and I found myself a little annoyed at the attitudes of Jack and Brianna in particular. However, as the story progressed, they showed great personal growth as they faced trials and adventures. I thought the forbidden relationship between their parents was a nice play on the classic Romeo/Juliet mytheme, realistically showing the social repercussions in a way not found in Shakespeare (since he did kill off his couple). Not only does this book offer entertainment value, but Walker also subtly touches on issues of race, discrimination, and slavery. I think it would be great for parents to read this book with their kids in order to ask questions that can relate these issues to their kids' lives. Some of the violence and darker parts of the novel (such as the Barans' practice of pitting slave boys in fights to the death) might make this book a little too intense for very young readers, but tweens and teens should love the entrancing world that Walker creates.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angeline Brown

    This book had me hooked from page one. The parents of three children disappear and they find themselves in big trouble when searching for them. It turns out their parents are from another world where the two humanoid species there (one blue skinned and one red skinned) hate each other and it is against the law for them to have relationships. The parents are a prince and princess who fell in love and fled to Earth to be together where they adopted Jack and Brianna and later conceived their little This book had me hooked from page one. The parents of three children disappear and they find themselves in big trouble when searching for them. It turns out their parents are from another world where the two humanoid species there (one blue skinned and one red skinned) hate each other and it is against the law for them to have relationships. The parents are a prince and princess who fell in love and fled to Earth to be together where they adopted Jack and Brianna and later conceived their little boy Bo, naturally. To the teenager’s distress, Bo is snatched from them and when they arrive at this strange world they find themselves separated. We don’t know what has happened to their mother yet but their father has no memory of his time away so does nothing to help when Jack is enslaved and forced to fight in an arena. There are a few times in this novel where the description of events leaves you slightly confused but the storyline and writing are so good I could not let that affect my overall rating. I look forward to finding out what happens next. I received a free electronic copy of this book for an impartial review

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pegboard

    Children of the Swan, The Land of Toran by Coral Walker begins with Jack and Brianna learning that their parents (Prince Marcus and Princess Zelda) are from another planet, along with their younger brother, Bo. As they run away to that distant planet, they hunt to find their missing parents. Jack must fight large snake-like creatures that have razor sharp teeth. It is evident they are strangers since everyone is either blue or red in color. Brianna is left to fend for herself and to save the lif Children of the Swan, The Land of Toran by Coral Walker begins with Jack and Brianna learning that their parents (Prince Marcus and Princess Zelda) are from another planet, along with their younger brother, Bo. As they run away to that distant planet, they hunt to find their missing parents. Jack must fight large snake-like creatures that have razor sharp teeth. It is evident they are strangers since everyone is either blue or red in color. Brianna is left to fend for herself and to save the life of a young warrior. When Prince Marcus left the earth his memory ring was left behind. He is unable to remember his family even face to face. He must save his kingdom from a wicked lord who strives to control who will become the next king. The story is fast with the characters in constant peril. The first book ends with each character of the story in dire need of rescue.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Coral Walker

    Coral started writing the book in 2013 when her oldest son was 11 and her daughter 9. She enjoyed being a mother, but they had made such a din in her daily life with their never-ending squabbles. She had hoped, when the third child was born, their attentions would be diverted from each other. How wrong she was. Deeply fond of their little brother, they were at each other’s throats for his attention. So she imagined the children (both Jack and Brianna are 16, their younger brother Bo is 4) woke u Coral started writing the book in 2013 when her oldest son was 11 and her daughter 9. She enjoyed being a mother, but they had made such a din in her daily life with their never-ending squabbles. She had hoped, when the third child was born, their attentions would be diverted from each other. How wrong she was. Deeply fond of their little brother, they were at each other’s throats for his attention. So she imagined the children (both Jack and Brianna are 16, their younger brother Bo is 4) woke up one day to find themselves alone, and their parents have disappeared. Plunging into the perilous land of Taron on the planet Cygnore, they find themselves in a series of dire situations: they are captured and sold to an arena, their father can no longer remember them, and the brother must kill for his sister’s life … Indeed, she had an awfully good time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Angélica

    I received a copy from the author, In exchange for an honest review What would happen if to wake up one morning, your parents are gone and with them the life you know? Children of Swan (The Land of Taron #1) is an interesting sci-fi book that through story of the siblings Jack and Brianna in search of their parents, Coral Walker treats important topics like family, racism and slavery. This book have a good description about his characters and the different places of the plot. When I started readin I received a copy from the author, In exchange for an honest review What would happen if to wake up one morning, your parents are gone and with them the life you know? Children of Swan (The Land of Taron #1) is an interesting sci-fi book that through story of the siblings Jack and Brianna in search of their parents, Coral Walker treats important topics like family, racism and slavery. This book have a good description about his characters and the different places of the plot. When I started reading Children of Swan (The Land of Taron #1) I loved the first short story and the mystery about disappearance of parents Jack and Brianna. In spite of this I lost interest, I wanted to read more dialogues. However, the mystery in the story caught me. While I was reading I could see how the author improved her skills and the last chapters were really amazing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    (I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis) I enjoyed this book, I found it easy to read. There was one point, where there was a whole heap of new characters introduced with weird names, not that that is a bad thing but it did confuse me for a little bit. (also had a slight hunger games vibe to it, in one section) Anyway I found this book a light easy read Now on to the sequel

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    Great reading. Now it is time to read #2 and #3 in the series! :)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leesa

    A good story, but not complete, so much is up in the air at the end of the book. Liked the characters but the storyline just didn't follow through on anything it seemed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Marie Gabriel

    I found Children of Swan a frustrating read for several reasons. First of all, I found it to be a difficult book to get into. When I have a book to review I am usually determined to get through to the end but at a couple of points I was uncertain I could actually do this. The beginning, for me, was turgid and this part went on for far too long. It seemed to be about very young children whose parents disappear mysteriously, then wicked social workers abduct their young sibling, Bo. We later learn I found Children of Swan a frustrating read for several reasons. First of all, I found it to be a difficult book to get into. When I have a book to review I am usually determined to get through to the end but at a couple of points I was uncertain I could actually do this. The beginning, for me, was turgid and this part went on for far too long. It seemed to be about very young children whose parents disappear mysteriously, then wicked social workers abduct their young sibling, Bo. We later learn these young children are in fact sixteen but this is not really apparent from their behaviour. Various odd things happen with houses in parallel worlds and babies in jars; then Brianna, whom I found a totally unlikeable child, leaps into some sort of wormhole ostensibly to rescue Bo and Jack follows. We never hear from Bo again. This leap, however, takes them separately to the world of Taron, a very dangerous world dominated by people who hate each other based on skin colour. Then there are the nasty man-eating Bokwas... The warring people use captives as viscious entertainment, gladiator style. From that point the action starts to pick up and the book drew me in finally around Chapter 14 or so and I finished it in one final sitting. Some things puzzled me. The part about Jack and Teilo being chained to rails and having to jump or something? Also I couldn’t figure out what they were doing to Brianna. Was she pole dancing or being tortured? There are a lot of chains in this book... Jack meanwhile goes from one disaster to another reluctant to fight for his life but being ridiculously fortunate and ultimately winning in the arena. I really don’t want to spoil the story for anyone but captivity, slavery, mindless violence for sport and disabling soporific drugs figure in it. Towards the end, Briana has a few surprises up her sleeve and Jack is put in a padded box. Then, just at the point when I was actually becoming interested the story ends. It isn’t even a cliffhanger as such, it simply peters out with parts two and three to follow so there is neither satisfying resolution nor tense ending. This book has little in the way of character development or description of the world of Taron. It features a catalogue of unpleasant things happening to the protagonists rather than them taking control and therefore reads like an essay in victim consciousness. Being light on description or internal dialogue, Children of Swan is nevertheless full of fight on fight action and part one of a serial which will suit people who like serials; I don’t unfortunately. *I was given a free electronic copy of this book for an honest read and review.*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laurel McHargue

    Torn between assigning 3 stars or 4 for book 1 of Children of Swan, I’ve rounded up because Walker’s story kept me engaged until the final line, although when I consider my criticisms, I’d be happier with a 3.5 rating. The adventure starts from the first pages filled with intrigue—missing parents, a mysterious ring, bizarre-looking “social workers,” and a back story waiting to unfold—and takes the reader through a space travel tunnel into a creepy, frightening world in which the main characters Torn between assigning 3 stars or 4 for book 1 of Children of Swan, I’ve rounded up because Walker’s story kept me engaged until the final line, although when I consider my criticisms, I’d be happier with a 3.5 rating. The adventure starts from the first pages filled with intrigue—missing parents, a mysterious ring, bizarre-looking “social workers,” and a back story waiting to unfold—and takes the reader through a space travel tunnel into a creepy, frightening world in which the main characters must survive the overwhelmingly horrific circumstances against which they’re pitted. Unable to reconnect once they survive the tunnel experience, Jack and Brianna cling to life in different ways as each must face humiliation and torture, and while it could be easy to dismiss their resolve to survive (and in fact their survival) as being unrealistic, Walker hints at special abilities, allowing the reader to suspend disbelief. I wanted the story to continue (a sign of good writing and engaging plot), but I will point out some disappointments: I had to re-read several times when I was unclear about the point of view, which shifted without warning from time to time; there were several anachronistic moments that shook me briefly from the story (talk of ordering something “online,” and dialogue using the words “I reckon”); there was too much giggling and chuckling at odd moments; passive voice passages would have been stronger in the active voice (The knot was now tied, and the leftover thread was cut). But my greatest disappointment is the last line, which clearly begs a sequel. The story does not stand on its own, and where it ends leaves none of the questions resolved. In fact, it seems like Walker just decided to stop writing one day. I’m intrigued enough to want to know how this series will end. I can imagine sitting around a campfire and having Walker share this story with an audience of awed listeners. I will read more. I received a free e-copy in exchange for an unbiased review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Filipa de Oliveira

    “Children of Swan: The Land of Taron, Vol 1”, written by Coral Walker, follows the story of Jack and Brianna as they search for their missing parents (who disappeared from their bedroom in strange circumstances) and their abducted little-brother in the land of Taron. At first, the book seems to begin as a children’s story that rapidly turns into a confusing sci-fi tale. Most of the time I could not understand what was exactly going on (especially in the first quarter of the story) and I believe “Children of Swan: The Land of Taron, Vol 1”, written by Coral Walker, follows the story of Jack and Brianna as they search for their missing parents (who disappeared from their bedroom in strange circumstances) and their abducted little-brother in the land of Taron. At first, the book seems to begin as a children’s story that rapidly turns into a confusing sci-fi tale. Most of the time I could not understand what was exactly going on (especially in the first quarter of the story) and I believe the book lacked in depth. The descriptions were hollow making it quite hard to imagine the mysterious lands of Cygnore and Taron. Additionally, most events seemed rather unbelievable, mainly due to character’s reactions: in situations were I would be crying in fear, we find Jack casually grinning because his sister dancing is funny enough to make him forget the fact that he is in an arena and about to be killed. The reactions of Jack and Brianna and the relationship between them sometimes don’t seem proper for sixteen-year-old teens. I find it hard to categorise “Children of Swan” as a Young Adult’s book due to the rather childish beginning of the book and characters' personalities. However, when the siblings arrive in Taron, the story becomes suddenly very violent and bloody, which obviously tells me that this isn’t proper for children either. Nevertheless, the book does propel you to read on, especially because the sense of danger and suspense makes you want to find out if they are going to get out of that mess, and if they are really going to be able to save their parents. Coral masterfully ends the book with an amazing cliff-hanger planting in you the seed of curiosity and inciting you to read the following books.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Majanka

    Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/book-tou... In Children of Swan, three siblings wake up one morning to find their parents gone. Jack and Brianna are two teenagers, but their brother Bo is much younger, and needs their care. Especially when they find out their parents returned to their home planet, leaving them alone. Matters grow even worse when Bo is kidnapped. Jack and Brianna usually don’t get along – typical sibling rivalry – but they’ll have to learn to wor Book Review originally published here: http://www.iheartreading.net/book-tou... In Children of Swan, three siblings wake up one morning to find their parents gone. Jack and Brianna are two teenagers, but their brother Bo is much younger, and needs their care. Especially when they find out their parents returned to their home planet, leaving them alone. Matters grow even worse when Bo is kidnapped. Jack and Brianna usually don’t get along – typical sibling rivalry – but they’ll have to learn to work together to save their little brother. A wormhole takes them to Taron, in pursuit of their brother’s kidnappers, but going to Taron endangers the lives of their parents – and themselves. Jack and Brianna are placed in an arena where they have to fight for their lives. I quite enjoyed the story, especially from the moment Jack and Brianna arrive in Taron. It’s a violent world, with slaves, death, arenas, torture, and reminded me of the Roman Empire back in the day. The siblings have to fight some fantastical creatures, and the book is an excellent blend of fantasy and scifi. I was impressed by the world building. One tiny thing is that I had trouble connecting to the characters. For me, they didn’t really grow or change throughout the book. However, this is only book one in the series, and I’m sure they’ll do lots more growing up in the next books. I look forward to the sequel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Paige Turner

    Review posted on Between Reality Have you ever lost something and you look around for it, but it isn’t in its usual place and you just can’t seem to figure out where it went? That’s how it felt reading Children of Swan: The Land of Taron because much was missing from it. You need depth in most, if not all, things when it comes to writing. Characters, plot, worlds, even the conflict must have depth. But I couldn’t find depth in Children of Swan. The worlds, firstly. Earth, Cygnore, and then of cours Review posted on Between Reality Have you ever lost something and you look around for it, but it isn’t in its usual place and you just can’t seem to figure out where it went? That’s how it felt reading Children of Swan: The Land of Taron because much was missing from it. You need depth in most, if not all, things when it comes to writing. Characters, plot, worlds, even the conflict must have depth. But I couldn’t find depth in Children of Swan. The worlds, firstly. Earth, Cygnore, and then of course, Taron. I already know what Earth is like (surprise!) but I don’t know what Walker’s dying Earth is like, but it wasn’t mentioned or explained so I still don’t know. I vaguely know of Cygnore and even more vaguely know of Taron, besides the fact that they have slaves, blue and red people live there, and they have some barbaric spin-off of the Roman colosseum/Roman gladiators only with children. You have to give more than just a few descriptions and call it a day. It is crucial to any story to build and create the world that your book is in, especially if it is a world you made up, so that the reader can explore it... Read the rest of this review and more here: Children of Swan: The Land of Taron Review

  21. 5 out of 5

    Maia Gomez

    An absolutely enthralling adventure! Packed with tons of adventure, excitement and intrigue, I was completely caught up from the very beginning! The writing was very well executed and descriptive with complex characters and palpable emotions. With plenty of plot twists, I was kept sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next as the siblings each encounter their own unique experiences on the alien planet. The worldbuilding and culture was absolutely brilliant and completel An absolutely enthralling adventure! Packed with tons of adventure, excitement and intrigue, I was completely caught up from the very beginning! The writing was very well executed and descriptive with complex characters and palpable emotions. With plenty of plot twists, I was kept sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see what would happen next as the siblings each encounter their own unique experiences on the alien planet. The worldbuilding and culture was absolutely brilliant and completely believable with similarities to some of Earth's pasts civilizations. There was tons of intrigue with hints at hidden prophecies that left me pondering the possibilities. The gladiator style battling was absolutely awesome and had me gripping my tablet with white knuckles. There's quite a bit of a cliffhanger at the end that had me screaming for the next book in the series that I MUST read now! I would heavily recommend this book to anybody who likes adventure, excitement, fantasy and adventure!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul Allard

    So-so Fantasy novel for a YA readership I got this as a free book and it is intended for a Young Adult readership. The story is of a family on Earth who end up on a fantasy world called Taron where blue-skinned people are in conflict with red-skinned people. A lot of incidents, violent and political, take place and our main protagonists, Jack and Brianna, both 16-years old, are heavily involved in both. The surprising and unbelievable thing is that nothing seems to phase them about this remarkabl So-so Fantasy novel for a YA readership I got this as a free book and it is intended for a Young Adult readership. The story is of a family on Earth who end up on a fantasy world called Taron where blue-skinned people are in conflict with red-skinned people. A lot of incidents, violent and political, take place and our main protagonists, Jack and Brianna, both 16-years old, are heavily involved in both. The surprising and unbelievable thing is that nothing seems to phase them about this remarkable turn of events: any normal adolescent would not be able to handle any of this. Although aimed at the YA audience, there are scenes of violence and insinuation of rape having taken place. I couldn’t warm to this book where the writing is clichéd at times and not particularly engaging: too much happens too fast without enough explanation. It ends on a cliffhanger and there are two more books to come in the series

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Kings

    What would you do if you were 16 years old and one day when you wake up your parents are suddenly gone? That is the fate that Jack and Brianna have to face when their lives are turned upside down with the mysterious disappearance of their parents. To make matters worse, while they are searching for answers, their younger brother Bo is kidnapped. Their quest will ultimately take them to the Land of Taron on the planet Cygnore where the prince of Bara and a princess of Rion have also disappeared in What would you do if you were 16 years old and one day when you wake up your parents are suddenly gone? That is the fate that Jack and Brianna have to face when their lives are turned upside down with the mysterious disappearance of their parents. To make matters worse, while they are searching for answers, their younger brother Bo is kidnapped. Their quest will ultimately take them to the Land of Taron on the planet Cygnore where the prince of Bara and a princess of Rion have also disappeared into the mist of the night. Is there a link to these mysteries? Soon, the siblings must put their quarrels aside as they embark on an action-packed adventure. "The Land of Taron" is the first book in The Children of Swan series by Coral Walker, and it has all the ingredients to entertain us on every page. From action and adventure, to elements of fantasy and sci-fi. Although it is mainly a YA fantasy book, I found it a great read for young and old.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lana Axe

    This is one of those books that spans multiple genres—genres that I like.  There’s scifi aspects, with other planets and wormholes, but also loads of fantasy elements like runaway princes and princesses, sword fights, perilous adventure, etc. Then there’s a dash of Hunger Games style dystopian tossed in for good measure. I have to say that these three genres blended well, resulting in a fun, fast-paced young adult adventure novel. The story flew by, holding my attention well as it went. I enjoye This is one of those books that spans multiple genres—genres that I like.  There’s scifi aspects, with other planets and wormholes, but also loads of fantasy elements like runaway princes and princesses, sword fights, perilous adventure, etc. Then there’s a dash of Hunger Games style dystopian tossed in for good measure. I have to say that these three genres blended well, resulting in a fun, fast-paced young adult adventure novel. The story flew by, holding my attention well as it went. I enjoyed the arena scenes, where the peril felt quite real. I was glad they didn’t become overly gory, since this is a novel geared toward young adults. There were enough lighter moments to balance out the dark, keeping the story from becoming too heavy. A quick and enjoyable read for the adventurous. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Людовика Фьюртенде

    I've just read the first book of the series. The author was so kind to give me a free copy, thanks. But I bought the rest of the series because I found both the plot and the characters interesting, although, sometimes, the actions of the characters made me puzzled. How can one who are destined to go to arena to be killed actually laugh seing his sister dancing on a weird pilar and knowing that she is in a hazardous situation, too? And how could this children from Earth speak and understand langu I've just read the first book of the series. The author was so kind to give me a free copy, thanks. But I bought the rest of the series because I found both the plot and the characters interesting, although, sometimes, the actions of the characters made me puzzled. How can one who are destined to go to arena to be killed actually laugh seing his sister dancing on a weird pilar and knowing that she is in a hazardous situation, too? And how could this children from Earth speak and understand languages of aliens on an alien planet? Perhaps a small thing, but I really didn't like some of the names, they sounded too jaw-braking. But the book tells us about love and friendship and loyalty and bravery, so what else our children need? Good book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Hebert

    The world of Taron feels neat and has a lot of potential, however the story overall is a bit lacking. I know it's meant for a younger audience, but the characters just aren't enough to get me attached to them; that and they're kind of annoying. I guess they just act younger then they supposedly are? But I'm not entirely sure what's off. A lot of questions popped up quickly which is good and gets you to want to read more, and though some have great conclusions, others just drop off and never get The world of Taron feels neat and has a lot of potential, however the story overall is a bit lacking. I know it's meant for a younger audience, but the characters just aren't enough to get me attached to them; that and they're kind of annoying. I guess they just act younger then they supposedly are? But I'm not entirely sure what's off. A lot of questions popped up quickly which is good and gets you to want to read more, and though some have great conclusions, others just drop off and never get another mention.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maya Lucas

    This was a great book from start to finish. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. It had the right amount of action to get me hooked on it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sissy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ricky Taylor

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheri Roan

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