Iron Crowned: Dark Swan 3 Paperback – 31 Mar 2011
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Bestselling Vampire Academy author Richelle Mead's new novel in the darkly compelling 'Dark Swan' urban fantasy series, featuring shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham...
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An embattled realm mystically entwined with our own, the Otherworld is at the mercy of one woman...
Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land's queen, she's fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful fear...
But who can she trust to help her? Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her. To control the Crown's all-consuming powers, Eugenie must confront an unimaginable temptation - that puts her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal danger...
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I've also had enough of the love triangle and starting to wonder just how many times Eugenie will jump back and forth between Dorian and Kiyo. Dorian behaves badly in Iron Crowned and while I don't blame her for being angry I didn't like the fact that she goes running straight back to Kiyo before even talking to him to get his side of the story. I've gone from really loving Kiyo in the first book to completely despising him now, his actions in Iron Crowned made me want to punch him! I don't think Dorian is much better though so at the moment I'm not routing for either one of them. I'd rather see Eugenie on her own and learning to become a decent queen.
I am curious to see if Eugenie can redeem herself in the next installment though and although I saw the twist at the end coming it should make things interesting as the series progresses. Unfortunately this wasn't my favourite book in the series but I'm hoping things will improve again from here onwards.
Eugenie always has a busy life, but just now, things are harder than usual. The Thorn Land and its allies are at war, so she's having to spend more time over there fighting. The trouble is, she doesn't really want to fight - she simply wants to live as peacefully as possible. So when she finds out that there is a magical item that could help her end the war for good, without any more loss of life, she's greatly tempted. However, the Iron Crown is an item that's incredibly difficult to get hold of. But then, Eugenie has never let anything stand in her way before...
Can she retrieve the crown? And what's more, when she has it, can she really trust her so-called allies? Throw in tangled love interests, complicated family matters, three worlds, several kingdoms, loved-up employees and annoying ghosts and you have one seriously pissed off Eugenie and one seriously good book.
As always, Richelle's writing is great fun to read. Eugenie is a fab and very likeable heroine, and this latest book has an intriguing plot with twists and turns I didn't see coming. I was hooked within seconds of opening the book and could barely put it down until I was done. Another corker from Ms. Mead.
First off, I loved this book. The Dark Swan series is one of the best Urban Fantasy series out there. Highly Recommended!
Spoilers below! Stop now if you have not read the book/series!
Eugenie shows herself to be human, just like the rest of us. even kick-ass shamans have flaws, make mistakes and can get tangled up in messy emotional webs. She sleeps with Kiyo because she is angry and feels betrayed, manipulated, and its her way of taking control, even wanting to feel some escape from her crazy life - pleasure and screw the consequences.
Her pregnancy was a fantastic element and sets things up interestingly for the next book. The fact that Kiyo was the father and not Dorian makes for a more juicy, unpredictable read.
Some other reviews of this book have kicked up a fuss about Eugenie sleeping with Kiyo, and state how mad they are at her. But I feel that this is a testament to Richelle Mead's writing style. She elicited a strong emotional response, showed her heroine to be totally human and I am sure will be redeeming her in book 4.
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