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Shadow Heir (Dark Swan 4) [Paperback]

Richelle Mead
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2 Feb 2012 Dark Swan 4

New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead returns to the Otherworld, a mystic land inextricably linked to our own - and balanced precariously on one woman's desperate courage...

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land's prophecy-haunted queen, there's no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld...

The spell-driven source of the blight isn't the only challenge to Eugenie's instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie can't trust the synergy drawing them back together. The uneasy truce between her and her shape shifter ex-lover Kiyo is endangered by secrets he can't - or won't - reveal. And as a formidable force rises to also threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon - and risk the ultimate sacrifice...


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553826093
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553826098
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richelle Mead has an MA in comparative Religion and a passion for all things wacky and humorous. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and four cats. Late night musings and updates about her new books can be found at: www.richellemead.com

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The final novel in Vampire Academy author Richelle Mead's dangerously compelling 'Dark Swan' series, featuring shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham...

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The Otherworld, a mystic land inextricably linked to our own - and balanced precariously on one woman's desperate courage...

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land's prophecy-haunted queen, there's no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld...

The spell-driven source of the blight isn't the only challenge to Eugenie's instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie can't trust the synergy drawing them back together. The uneasy truce between her and her shape-shifter ex-lover Kiyo is endangered by secrets he can't - or won't - reveal. And as a formidable force rises to threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon - and risk the ultimate sacrifice...


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Dorian-shaped stars 14 Jan 2012
By The Demon Librarian TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This series has always been a bit of a hit and miss with me. I've always enjoyed the books overall. I like the general concept of Eugenie being half human and half gentry, able to easily cross from our world to the Otherworld. I liked the general pacing, the action and suspense. I like the different elemental magics and the plot twists and turns we have experienced along the way.

What I haven't always been totally sold on is the characters. I'm all for flawed characters- they are so much more interesting to read about- but there's a difference between reading a flawed character that you admire despite their faults, and reading a character or characters- plural- in this case, who are just....idiots (that wouldn't be my first choice of words but I'm trying to be nice). And I'm not even talking about TSTL (Too stupid to live) because a lot of female urban fantasy characters are that, I'm talking more about being selfish, hypocritical, fickle, disloyal and any other number of attributes you could apply to Ms. Markham. I just don't like her, and never really have.

The two men in her life that she flitted mercilessly between for the first three books aren't perfect by any means either. Both have a lot of faults, but as the series has gone on I've come to realise that I actually like one of the secondary characters (Dorian) the most out of the whole cast and feel he deserves someone much better than Eugenie. I need Richelle Mead to write a spin-off so we can pair him up with someone who isn't a selfish cow.

The decision that was made at the end of this book....I don't even have words really. As a mother I have opinions on it. As a woman I have opinions on it. And as a reader I have opinions on it. But whichever way I look at it, it sucked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor ending 30 Jan 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
OK, its not a secret that I had problems with this series for a little while. Not because of the author but because I can't stand the principle character who not only defies logic but also is so unbelievably self-centred as well as guillable that you really wonder how she survived so long in the world. Especially when she knows how the politics function in the Otherworld.

Yep, so as you may have guessed this wasn't that high on my priority list to read, so when I noticed that it was the last in the series I thought that I'd best get it over with and to be brutal here, this is a shocker of a book as the conclusion will leave a lot of fans reeling and wondering what the hell happened.

That said, fans will still rush out and buy the book but my advice at the moment, is hold your horses and borrow it from a library. Still here? Right, for me when the lead character is so dislikeable it's a real struggle not to want to reach into the book, grab her and shake like a cocktail until common sense asserts itself it tells you that perhaps this series isn't for you. As such looking at the architecture is the only thing I can do to keep going, so that's what I did, as usual with Richelle the prose is reasonable, the pace fairly decent and the twists come out of the woodwork left, right and centre, but some of those twists will not only kick you in the guts but rip them out and stomp them until they're mush. It's not pretty, it's unpredictable and of course in all honesty this is going to cause controversy not only among the fans but also around the Urban Fantasy genres itself for a while.

All in, personally I wouldn't recommend this series to readers as I've had so many problems with it, so if you want a Mead series to get behind, go for the Georgina Kincaid Succubus titles. They're way superior in my opinion and as such you'll be thankful in the long run.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad I guess 26 Jan 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this series though not as much as the succubus books. The end left me feeling somewhat disappointed though, to many loose ends for my liking though I expect there to be a follow on series otherwise the whole series will have been kind of pointless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Utterly disappointing ending. 26 Oct 2012
By SarahL
Format:Paperback
The Dark Swan series has had me hooked since I read the first and luckily for me because I didn't start until they were all out and borrowed them from a friend who recommended them to me I didn't have to wait for each one to come out.

Shadow Heir all-in-all was an excellent read until of course you reach the end. I was left completely disappointed that it has been left with a cliffhanger. The excuse of; this leaves the reader to decide their own ending is ridiculous. I could come up with a fair few ways it could pan out, so I'm not saying I don't have the imagination to or that anyone else who reads them couldn't pick their own ending. However, as a reader I would like to have a definate ending as every story should have a beginning, middle and an end. It is not my story it is the author's and having given us such an excellent story so far it deserves her ending. I am hoping she has left it to write another one and hopefully, seeing the reviews will prompt her to give the story a proper ending. Afterall, if you never knew if Harry Potter lived or died or if Lucie never solved the mystery of her repeated deaths or if Bella survived the birth of her child you would be disappointed with the author.

(I'll try and be cryptic here to not give away the story but anyone who has read the book will understand, but possible spoiler's beware)I want to know Dorian's reaction when he finds out and the effect Eugenie's decision has had on her and the little ones. Could she have caused the prophecy to come to light due to what she's done? Will Dorian stay by her side if he finds out? What will Maiwenn and Kiyo try to do to prevent it? There are so many questions left unanswered so it doesn't feel like it's been tied up at all.

All-in-all, the series is worth a read, but I warn you if you get hooked prepare to be disappointed at the end. I have heard good reviews about Richelle Mead's other series, so I am hoping I don't encounter similar endings if I them a go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing as always!!
I have loved the entire series and this last book has definitely not disappointed!! I couldn't stop turning the pages!! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Leyla
5.0 out of 5 stars some sadness but good more developed content
The continuation of the story was great
However I have should have given it 4 stars as I think a few things should have happened and didn't ( but that's my personal... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Serena
5.0 out of 5 stars shadow heir
loved it brill read great story and fab characters could not put it down cant wait for the next instalment
Published 6 months ago by sallycryne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author
Really recommend this author. She creates another world, simply explained making it so easy to slip away into the book for several hours at a time.
Published 7 months ago by Miss K. Russell
3.0 out of 5 stars I like it but should love it - second rate not great Richelle Mead...
I re-read the Dark Swan series this weekend and found myself more disturbed than on my previous readings regarding Eugenie's attitude to her pregnancy, children and their father. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars fab read
Have read books 1,2,3 and am just finishing this one...I love this series....sad that Richelle is making us wait for awhile before she writes another one...
Published 9 months ago by Carmen Rodriguez
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved this but disappointed
I absolutely love this author and all her books that I've read. I so enjoyed this series but was so angry with the ending. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chelsey M. Lafferty
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Heir by Rechelle mead.
Love this series. Magic and the supernatural just my kind of book. Would encourage others to buy this book and series.
Published 14 months ago by SAT 18
4.0 out of 5 stars Still in love if a little disappointed
I'm a massive richelle mead fangirl, but the end is very abrupt. I didn't get the rushed and not bothered feel that others seem to have, the first 95% of the book is great. Read more
Published 14 months ago by MyHeartIsMadeOfPaper
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but disappointing end
I enjoyed the book but was disappointed in the end. I would of licked to have known what the oak king`s thoughts were on the kids being his and whether they move back and how the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by bena
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