The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess

About the Book:

The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess: A Retelling of Swan Lake (A Villain's Ever After) by [Lucy Tempest]

Title: The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess
Series: A Villain’s Ever After #9
Author: Lucy Tempest
Release Date: October 8, 2021
Genre: Fairytale Retelling

A usurped princess. A mercenary sorcerer. A fate neither expected.
As a crown princess, Ava has always anticipated betrayals—but never from her own twin.The unspeakable treachery comes the night Ava meets her true love, when Lina hires the infamous sorcerer, Lord Von Rothbart, to turn Ava into a swan, and takes her place.

Kept across the mountains in Dietrich’s castle lake, Ava’s repeated attempts to escape, to return to her prince and life, keep failing. But in the last time Dietrich recaptures her, she gets close enough to glimpse the terrible truth of what she left behind—starting with that of her prince.

Yet, it’s Dietrich’s true motivations and the unique bond that forms between them that shock her the most.

Will she reject their burgeoning feelings and trust to undo his efforts and reclaim her kingdom? Will he risk the consequences of freeing her from his curse? Will their love survive the demands of duty, and the toll of resentment and threats? Or will it fade away with the moonlight at sunrise?

The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess is one of twelve short novels in A VILLAIN’S EVER AFTER, a collection of standalone stories featuring villainous twists on some of your favorite classic fairytales. Read the series in any order for magical adventures . . . and fall in love with villains as you’ve never seen them before. Who said villains can’t have happily-ever-afters?

Book Review:

I love all of Lucy Tempest’s books! They are fantastic retellings of fairytales with such interesting twists. The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess is the 9th book in the multiple author A Villain’s Ever After series. The Sorcerer and the Swan is a retelling of Swan Lake, but it has a twist. This story is different from what has been told for years. It is a thrilling book about seeing behind the darkness. 

Princess Aventina is ready to ascend to the throne and become the best queen she can be to help her people. However, all of her plans are thrown aside when she finds herself a swan. She is taken by the sorcerer who cursed her, Lord Von Rothbart, but she is determined to find her way home. But as she spends time with Lord Von Rothbart, Dietrich, she finds that all was not as it seemed. She finds herself falling for the man hidden behind the masks he wears

Aventina was such an interesting character. She was the perfect daughter who was ready to ascend to the throne. I really liked Ava’s growth as a character. She grew up and learned from her mistakes. She had been told her whole life that magic was evil,  but as she spent time with the man who cursed her, she learned that all was not as it should be. I thought that Ava was really cool and it was sweet to read about her falling in love with Dietrich. Ava had to learn how to get back up after falling and how to fly again. 

I liked Dietrich from the beginning. He had a hidden kindness behind his sorcery. He didn’t want to hurt others, but he also needed to care for those around him. I loved his character and how he wanted to help Ava even though she was mad at him. However, Dietrich had to work though his own demons of the past. He wanted to make the world safe for his people, but he was also scared. He was willing to risk it all to save those under his care. 

Ava and Dietrich were such fun and interesting characters. There were so many hidden aspects about them that they hid from the world. I loved reading about them falling in love and fighting for what is right. I was amazed by the evil of the people around them, and the villain was kind of a surprise. But I adored the storyline and I read this novella in one day!

The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess is definitely a must read! It was such a cool look at Swan Lake! I loved the characters and I could not put the book down. I am excited to read what Tempest writes next. The Sorcerer and the Swan Princess is a clean fairy tale retelling. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

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