Review -Children of Swan:The Land of Taron 1


Synopsis: It seems that nothing could be worse than waking up one morning to find their parents have disappeared and their young brother Bo bawling his eyes out, but for Jack and Brianna, the squabbling teenage sibling rivals, the worst is yet to come.Much to the bafflement and distress of their children, Marcus and Zelda have actually returned to their home planet, Cygnore. Bo is kidnapped. In hot-headed pursuit, Jack and Brianna plunge through a wormhole 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 …

The introduction portion kind of threw me for a loop because it is very dry and thankfully it is the only portion with that tone. I couldn’t think of anything scarier to happen to a kid than to wake up and find your parents have disappeared into thin air. As the story progresses, the reader comes to understand how Marcus and Zelda hid their alien existence from the outside world. There were a few details that I felt worth mentioning that the author never fully explains. For example, the author never truly says if Jack and Brianna are twins, just that they are the same age.

The story pace starts out a little slow but quickly picks up once Jack and Brianna jump through the wormhole. I will say that the violence is a little graphic and the kids are definitely in dire situation. The story is told from several different character’s perspectives which gives the reader insight to what they are thinking but not necessarily into the personality quirks or the way that they think. I am definitely curious to find out what adventures await the Goodman family and the see the character development. Overall, good read for anyone who likes teen science fiction. Warning: This story ends with a cliffhanger.


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