Genre: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Fantasy Element: Fae
Series: Eugenie Markham, Dark Swan (Book 3)
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WARNING! This review will contain spoilers if you have not read the first two in the series. Please read my review of Storm Born & Thorn Queen, but don't judge, it was one of my first reviews.
PJVs QUICKIE POV:
I am torn. Ripped apart and splattered with what has just happened to me. It would seem that Ms. Mead has been taking notes from Karen Marie Moning on how to give her readers heart palpitations. All I can say is that I have never wanted to choke a fictional character so badly as I now want to choke and shake and slap Eugenie. But, I can't tell you why because it would be a total spoiler. So, here is some fluff. This is a great series. Urban Fantasy in it's finest. You must read it...and...if you are a fan of the series already, you should be running to your local book store and buying this one today. Don't even let them put it on the shelf...just grab it out of the shipping box.
THORN QUEEN left us with Eugenie and Dorian on the brink of war. Katrice, ruler of the Rowan land did not liken to the fact that her son was murdered by Dorian and in retribution declared war on the Thorn Land and Eugenie. IRON CROWNED begins and the Otherworld is still in war. Dorian and Eugenie are fighting back Kartrice's forces and trying to minimize casualties at the same time. Most of Eugenie's time is spent in the Otherworld, she is showing acceptance of her life as Storm King's daughter and a fae ruler. She is also in love with Dorian and content in their relationship.
Eugenie is desperate to end the war though, and when an old seer approaches her with a quick way to accomplish this she is hard pressed to dismiss the idea. When Dorian backs it and suggest that she brings none other than Kiyo with her to accomplish this task...well she thinks she has to do this if it means an end to the war. Yet, it is dangerous and she doesn't even know if Kiyo will help her...can she talk him into going with her and if he goes, if they succeed does it mean the end of the war?
Yes, I know Kiyo is back! I can't get into it because of spoilers, but I can tell you that overall the book was well done. There were a lot of turns that I didn't expect and the whole thing left me with a sort of out-of-body experience. I didn't agree with Eugenie on most of the decisions she made throughout the novel (but this is usually the case with her - never agree until the end) but I think this is what makes the series so great. This is a person that is very different from me and my usual UF heroine and here I am all about her. It makes it great and frustrating and enjoyable because it is not the norm. Now, I'm desperately in need of book #4.
Are you thinking the same thing as I was? Kiyo? Kiyo? I thought we were done with him. So, here is my rant, and I shall hide it, because it is probably rife with spoilage...
I'm really rather aggravated with Eugenie's behavior. Just when I thought she had finally faced facts and was accepting her new position she goes and starts acting like an idiot. "You are a ruler of a Faerie Kingdom...act like a Queen and stop mucking around." Well, that is what I wanted to scream at her. I know it is hard to let go, I do. So, when Kiyo popped back in and Eugenie starts hiding in Tuscon again I just wanted to beat my head against the table and scream. I couldn't take it. I couldn't read about this and enjoy it. Especially when she knew the two-faced little slag was running back to his baby momma and reporting on everything she did! How could she do that? She'll take his two faced machinations over Dorian's power grabs? WTF? I just didn't get it. So, because of Eugenie's ridiculous behavior through the middle of the novel I feel like her character has gone down considerably in my estimations. I could understand how she clung to Dorian after her rape but then this? Dorian pisses you off so you run back to Kiyo immediately? I really don't like women that need a man to identify themselves. I guess this is the same problem I have with Rose from Mead's YA Vampire Academy series. Can't you be alone, for once? Maybe if Eugenie spent a little time by herself, she would figure out who Eugenie is, instead of Eugenie+Kiyo or Eugenie+Dorian and might be able to competently run her kingdom, because she knows exactly who she is and what she wants!!! I think she should invest in a toy and take a little time out from the male species.
This is a mature novel, there are explicit sex scenes that are only suitable for adult audiences. Recommended for fans of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series.