The Black Swan

The Black Swan

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Embittered by the untimely death of his wife, a powerful sorcerer wreaks vengeance on all womankind, capturing women and transforming them into swans who only regain their human forms briefly each night, until Odette, a noble princess, risks everything to free herself and the other swan-maidens

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Baron Eric von Rothbart - Considering his wife's untimely death the ultimate betrayal, this powerful sorcerer dedicates his life to seeking revenge against all womankind. Scouring his lands in the shape of a great bird of prey, it is his personal mission to capture women who enflame his wrath and inspire his rage for vengeance. These poor souls he turns into swans - forcing them to spend their lives as beautiful but powerless animals who only regain their human forms briefly each night by the transitory light of the moon.
Odette - Noblest of von Rothbart's enchanted flock, only she has the courage to confront her captor, wresting from him a pact which could lead to freedom for herself and all the swan-maidens - a pact which von Rothbart will use all of his magical cunning to avoid honoring.
Odile - Von Rothbart's only child, she has studied the magical arts under her father's stern tutelage all her life. She fears her powerful father yet yearns for his rarely given approval. But she has learned far more than the baron intended to teach her - both of the magical arts and of von Rothbart's idiosyncratic nature. And as the guardian of his flock, her loyalty has begun to shift.
Prince Siegfried - Heir to his kingdom, due to inherit upon his majority and marriage, he is a selfish hedonist and a dissolute womanizer. He cares only for his own pleasure, until a woman he has wronged teaches him a lesson which will change the course of his life forever.
Queen Clothilde - Mother of Siegfried and Regent of their domain, she will stop at nothing to insure that her son never ascends the throne. But when she enters into an agreement with the rich and influential Baron von Rothbart - a bargain which she believes will prevent Siegfried from ever attaining his birthright - she will learn the true meaning of treachery.

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& Taylor

Embittered by the untimely death of his wife, a powerful sorcerer wreaks vengeance on all womankind, capturing women and transforming them into swans who only regain their human forms briefly each night, until Odette, a noble princess, risks everything to free herself and the other swan-maidens.

Publisher: New York, NY : DAW Books, c1999
Description: 376 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9780886778330
0886778336
Branch Call Number: Lack

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Mar 12, 2015

I love this book. I have read my copy over and over and over and it is nearly falling apart. I love the way Odile grows and changes throughout the story, how she questions and learns and becomes closer to the swan maidens, until the end when all is set right. I love the slight twist on the usual Swan Princess story. It's just a really great book. Give it a try.

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Mar 12, 2015

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Mar 12, 2015

Sexual Content: There is one instance of non-gratuitous rape.

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