A Retelling of Swan Lake

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
353 Pages
Reviewed on 08/30/2016
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Odette: A Retelling of Swan Lake by L.K. Wyman is a retelling of the Swan Lake story. I think just about everyone has read the story or watched the ballet of Swan Lake once in their lives. I haven’t, though. It was always in the back of my mind and I always put it off for some time later. The story follows the fate of a princess that was determined long before she was even born. When Rothbart was banished by King Wolfe, he vowed revenge. Wolfe thought nothing of it, considering the threats to be nothing but the ramblings of a madman.

When his wife died in childbirth, he betrothed his daughter, Princess Odette, to Prince Gabriel. After her 25th birthday, she is going to marry him. The two fall in love and are happy with the decision. However, what started as a good relationship could be ended by Rothbart’s evil schemes. Odette’s life is in danger and only love can save her.

Since I do not have anything to compare it with, I felt very comfortable reading this book. Wyman did an amazing job in creating an atmosphere right from the beginning. The characterization was wonderful and the development of the plot was very smooth. I loved how Rothbart was portrayed; his threats felt real and I loved Odette’s dilemma. She was a strong character and so was Gabriel. Their love felt very pure, especially how it was portrayed. Wyman used all the right words to make the reader understand and fall in love with his retelling of this tale. This is brilliant.