By: Richelle Mead
Series: Dark Swan Series Book 2
Publisher: Zebra Books
Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire, paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld. But after her last battle, she’s also become queen of the Thorn Land. It’s hardly an envious life, not with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind. And now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one—except Eugenie—seems willing to find out why.
Eugenie has spilled plenty of fey blood in her time, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle, and nursing a very personal grudge. And the men in her life aren't making things any easier. Her boyfriend, Kiyo, is preoccupied with his pregnant ex, and sexy fey king Dorian always poses a dangerous distraction. With or without their help, Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in an unpredictable power she can barely control. Reluctant queen or not, Eugenie has sworn to do her duty—even if it means facing the darkest—and deadliest—side of her nature…
I love this author, as a huge fan of the Vampire Academy series, I am familiar with this authors wonderful ability to write a novel that her readers and main character and find their selves in a vicious love triangle. Eugenie is an awesome character that I love following, not all of the hard core personality, but also a carefully crafted realistic personality that allows readers to really feel a connection. I must admit that the storyline in this particular novel, while enjoyable, was not as flowing as the first novel. I had a few points of struggle when I was pushing myself through the pages. This aside, Mead is a killer with emotional roller coasters and this book just goes to prove the point further. No one can pass up the chance to read a love affair by this author, but I can honestly say that I was a HUGE fan of Dorian after the first novel. I leaned more toward wanting a relationship with this character, and my prayers were answered in Thorn Queen. I have never read a novel that I wanted to push the character into power, especially that which she was being warned away from. I found myself all through this story wanting to shove her into her power. The ending was a bit astonishing to me that once they had found her Kiyo was still the safe contender, and struggling to safe the enemy. Hence, why I was loudly cheering when Dorian stepped up and killed him in honor of the one he loves. GO DORIAN! I am sure that their is much more to the future of the Dark Swan series, and I am anxious to continue reading. Here’s to waiting until early 2011.