The One Kingdom - The Swans' War 1 Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The One Kingdom - The Swans' War 1

HarperCollins Eos, Feb 2001, 25.00, 463 pp.
ISBN: 0380974894

    The King died without naming a successor. Over the next century, the two most powerful aristocratic clans, the Renne and the Wills continually argue and fight for control of Ayr. Both families will do anything including murder of one of their own or even destroy a nation to gain the throne.
Click here to see the rest of this review

    Toren Renne shocks his kin when he becomes the family leader by wanting peace for the land. He can easily be sacrificed. Her clan plans to use an unwilling Elise Willis as a pawn through a forced marriage. All the Machiavellian maneuvers impact everyday people. Just ask three Valesmen who simply want to make a fortune. Instead they end up in the middle of political and otherworldly intrigue of a powerful venomous sorcerer with the only seeming winner being evil unless one or more of the trio can find a miracle or two and that seems impossible.

    THE ONE KINGDOM, the first book of the “Swan's War” is a fabulous fantasy political thriller that will excite readers because everything seems genuine. The politics though nasty is intelligent and provides a mundane anchor for the paranormal elements. The characters are real, even the evil sorcerer because Sean Russell makes them complete individuals that provides the audience understanding and motives in their actions. This is a great fantasy tale that the political thriller audience would fully enjoy too.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

Chapter Analysis of The One Kingdom - The Swans' War 1

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's


A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like The One Kingdom - The Swans' War 1

Sean Russell Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian