Monday, 26 September 2016

Review: The Swan Riders by Erin Bow

The Swan Riders
by Erin Bow
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date:September 20th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
Greta Stuart has become AI. New transmitters have silvered her fingerprints. New receptors have transformed her vision. And the whole of her memory has become one book in a vast library of instant knowledge. Greta is ready to rule the world.

But the new technology is also killing her.

Greta is only sixteen years old, but her new enhancements are burning through her mortal body at an alarming rate. Of course the leader of the AIs, an ancient and compelling artificial intelligence named Talis, has a plan. Greta can simply do what he’s done when the time comes, and take over the body of one of the Swan Riders, the utterly loyal humans who serve the AIs as part army, part cult.

First though, Greta will have to find a way to stay sane inside her new self. Talis’s plan for that involves a road trip. Escorted by Swan Riders, Greta and Talis set out on a horseback journey across the strange and not-quite-deserted landscape of Saskatchewan. But there are other people interested in Greta, people who want to change the world…and the Swan Riders might not be as loyal as they appear…

Around this time last year, I was positively amazed and stunned by Erin Bow's release of The Scorpion Rules. The first title in the series, which can be read as a solid standalone, features protagonist Greta Gustafsen Stuart - the Duchess of Halifax, Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, and a child of peace. She was taken from her family, like many others, as an assurance that her family will keep peace. If not, and they choose to declare a war, her life is to be utterly forfeit. As luck would have it, things don't go according to plan, especially when a new hostage arrives at the Precepture, and the entire world Greta grew up knowing is turned completely upside down.

When Swan Riders was announced not long after Scorpion's release, I was thrilled! Although The Scorpion Rules could be read alone, I was eagerly anticipating the next in Greta's story, and couldn't wait to get to know more of Erin's fabulously diverse characters. In Swan Riders, Greta is now AI, and is following a different path than she originally preconceived for herself. Always believing she would die young as a hostage of peace, Greta now finds herself coming to terms with her change, and begins working towards taking her rightful place beside Talis, the ultimate AI. However, with Greta's new path set in motion, the people she grew to care for, have taken it upon themselves to take her down.

The Swan Riders was positively PHENOMENAL! I feel like a 5/5 goats stuck in a tree rating doesn't suffice when it comes to this title. Not only is the writing, world building utterly captivating, but Greta continues to awe and inspire me from chapter to chapter. I'm certain this series will please any reader who chooses to pick it up, and I'm desperately hoping Erin isn't done with this series yet!

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Sounds like a promising series! Excellent review.

  2. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed it ☺️

  3. I haven't read this series yet but I plan to. Great review.

  4. Interesting Premise

  5. The cover is awesome!
    Plus,sounds great :)

  6. This is the first time I'm seeing this book and wow,sounds amazing!! love the cover too. Will definitely check it out.