Tuesday, October 18, 2011


By: Richelle Mead
Published By : Bantam Books
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from library , 480 Pages


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 enjoyed this second installment in the Dark Swan series but I was left confused over my boys. Dorian or Kiyo? Richelle has got me flipping sides, I think.
Kiyo is doing the right thing by Maiwenn, holding down a job , but his romantic side is a bit wham bam, slam....literally. I know he is part animal, but something is going awry here for me.
Dorian has decided to be there , getting down and dirty with the earth and helping the Thorn Land people. Something I didn't think I would see. He is still his uber smexi, restrained self, when it comes to Eugenie, letting her come to him, realise what she wants from their relationship. I get worried about his motives.
Then I have Kiyo who wants peace and appears like he is looking out for Eugenie's best interests by wanting her to stay away from her magic, be peaceful, no war. But is he standing up for her? Does he have her back no matter what, does he understand she is truly between worlds? This whole Queenie thing is new and overwhelming.
Dorian on the other hand , wastes no time in showing how he feels. It is very black and white as far as he is concerned, but will that bring Eugenie closer to the Storm Kings fearsome personality? Can she turn off that power or even control it?  Dorian was all for the Storm Kings wanting to take over the worlds. This has got me worried. He is encouraging her power. Roland was keeping her away from it.
Kiyo , peaceful, but wham, bam , slam...in one hand and the other I have Dorian who will fight for Eugenie, he likes playtime and he is teaching her what she truly is capable of. But why? Dorian is very hard to read what is going on power wise in his mind. Sure he will protect Eugenie without a second thought, but is there more to his love for her.
Power over kingdoms is an addictive thing. Eugenie at Dorian's side with her power....oh dear...where is all this going?
Will there be an heir?
Will Kiyo and Maiwenn end up flung back together as a couple against Dorian and possibly Eugenie? I'm looking forward to cracking open Iron Crowned # 3.
Amusement lit his face, contrasting with the dark desire in his eyes. "Since I'm presuming you don't mean you finally bought him a leash, let me say simply that there is a big difference between allowing an animal to ravage you and allowing yourself to be ravaged. One is common. The other is art. It is planned. Crafted, even. Only capable of being done by a master."

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