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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (13 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819878
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 173,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second in the Dark Swan series of paranormal adventures featuring the half human/half fairy shaman, Eugenie Markham, by the bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series.

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Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire. She's paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld...

But something happened after her last battle. She became queen of the Thorn Land. That said, with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind, the job's really not all it's cracked up to be.

Now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld and no-one seems willing to find out why. Or put a stop to it. Not that Eugenie's fazed by spilling fey blood, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle and dangerous - and nursing a very personal grudge.

Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in a power she can barely control. She may be a reluctant queen but she's vowed to do her duty, even if that means facing the darkest - and deadliest - side of her own nature...

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Thorn Queen is the second book in the Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead, author of the very popular young adult series Vampire Academy and the Georgina Kincaid series (who is a succubus). TQ picks up a few months after the events of Storm Born, which left Eugenie with an unwanted kingdom in the Otherworld, and power she was determined to ignore, yet unable to avoid. She's still having to deal with most male fey trying to father her first born, intent of fulfilling the prophecy that her first born will take control of the human world once more. Through rape or consent, most of the men after her aren't fussy.

Even without the unwanted attention, Eugenie has guy problems. Her hot, fox-shifter boyfriend Kiyo is increasingly occupied with his very pregnant ex-girlfriend Maiwenn. A Queen herself and confident in her beauty and grace in the Otherworld, Eugenie wonders how she can fit in to Kiyo's life with her and their child. And she's continuously tempted by the darkly seductive king of the Oak Land, Dorian. Who has his own agendas in play as well. A fan of Eugenie's late and greatly hated father, Storm King, he would love to father his grandson. But is that his only reason for wanting her?

The Eugenie we find here in Thorn Queen is an unhappy one. She's avoiding her duties as queen of the Thorn Land as much as she can, unaware of the consequences for the people living there. Riding back to her castle after a necessary trip in the Otherworld, Eugenie learns of multiple girls who have gone missing. It's thought they've been taken. Eugenie doesn't want the girls at risk, and wants to get them back, realising they're innocent victims, but even with her desire to get them back, she's more willing to let the others do a good chunk of the work at her order.
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Eugenie Markham is a shaman who banishes otherworldly beings like ghosts and gentries to their rightful places. However, with a twist of luck, she is now the Thorn Queen; queen of the Thorn Land, which she created/earned after killing Aeson(king of Alder Land).
Upon returning to the Thorn Land, Eugenie learned that the people there are sufferings from harsh weather and that something or someone rather,(most probably human) is kidnapping the girls of Thorn Land. Though not enthusiastic about being a queen, Eugenie isn't going to abandon her people so carelessly. So she starts to investigate and the results are much darker, deadlier and unexpected than anyone could have guessed...
Things most definitely don't improve when her hot boyfriend/kitsune Kiyo, is occupied with Maiwenn(queen to Willow Land and kiyo's former lover) since she is pregnant with his child! Then, her feelings toward Dorian(king of Oak Land) doesn't improve her confusion and anger. And, gentries(men) are still trying to make her pregnant, never mind the ways because of the prophecy. To top it all off, her magic calls to her and makes her more dangerous and like Storm King?
So, with all the misunderstanding, secrets, confusion and problems Eugenie starts to uncover the truth, but what will she find? Will she have to choose between her two worlds? Will the traitor be someone she loves or trusts? Will Eugenie succumb to the her prophecy and let the otherworld take over human kind?
Only the Thorn Queen can give you answers to that...
Thorn Queen starts off where Storm Born left, with Eugenie in charge of Thorn land: her kingdom. Thorn Queen was a well written book, with more insights of Eugenie and how she manages her kingdom and her feelings.
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This is the Second in the Dark Swan series, and picks up only months after the end of Storm Born.
Eugenie Markham is a Sharman who banishes Otherworldly beings from this world back to the Otherworld or in certain circumstances the Underworld. After the events of Storm Born Eugenie is now the reluctant Thorn Queen, ruler of ThornLand her kingdom in the otherworld. We find Eugenie attempting to devide her time between the two worlds and her kitsune boyfriend Kiyo; this wouldn't be so bad if Kiyo didn't spend most of his time recently with his VERY pregnant ex-girlfriend Queen Maiwenn of the Willow Land.
Then there's The Oak King Dorian, whose feelings for Eugenie, only seem to confuse our heroine whose already in a really bad place.
And of course there's the continuation of the story about the phrophecy that her first born will take control of the human world. Causing most male fey to attempt to father said child, and their not fussy wheather this is done through Rape or not.
Things start to take a sinister turn when Eugenie discovers that girls are being abducted from villages in her kingdom and Engenie being who she is sets out to discover where and who has these girls. Whilst trying to help the people of her kingdom reaclimatise to the changed environment they now find themselve in.
And if all this wasn't enough, theres the continuing battle with her ever growing powers, and the pressure from her family and friends to just stay human and not embrace her other side.

This book for me was far darker than Storm Born, I found certain parts of the book far darker than even I thought might be there. However, that said the book was captivating and thrilling from front to back.
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