Thursday, April 4, 2013

review: Dark Swan series ~ Richelle Mead

Dark Swan series ~ Richelle Mead
Storm Born, Thorn Queen, Iron Crowned, Shadow Heir

4 out of 5 stars


STORM BORN:  Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants. . . Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

  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.

IRON CROWNED:  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 gentry fear. . .

SHADOW HEIR:  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. . .

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My Thoughts:
What can I say - I love Richelle Mead's writing.  After reading the Vampire Academy series and the Succubus series, I knew this would be great as well.  I love the uniqueness to the world Mead has created.  I kind of didn't like Eugenie though.  I thought she was a bit self-ritious and stubborn.  I didn't like how she always seemed to run away from her personal problems.  My favorite character was Dorian.  He was a frickin' hoot.   He seemed like a good way to get into to seriously fun trouble.  

The stories were all well paced and enjoyable.  Mead knows how to write the sex scenes, and boy does she deliver.  My biggest beef with the series is the ending.  One word = bullshit.  I can't believe what happens and really wanted to slam fists on my desk and I finished listening to it.  Yes, I audio-booked this series.  I really hope there's more for this in the future so the readers can have a better farewell the Otherworld and Eugenie.


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