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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420111795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420111798
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eugenie Markham, the new queen of the Thorn Land (as established in Storm Born and Thorn Queen), likes being the daughter of the Storm King and carrying his powers, but the responsibility is a pain. For example, her offspring is prophesied to conquer humanity. She has to visit the otherworld regularly while keeping the bills paid with her part-time shaman gig in the real world. Her ex-boyfriend, Kiyo, is back in her life, while hunky, kinky King Dorian has designs on her body and her womb. Oh, and war is raging between her land and the land of Queen Katrice. The fabled Iron Crown might end the war, but is Eugenie willing to gamble her life on questing for it? Eugenie's a pretty inept queen, but fans of the series will overlook that amid the kick-butt action and hot sex. (Mar.)
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RICHELLE MEAD���is the #1���New York Times,���USA Today, and���Wall Street Journal���bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of fantasy books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid series follows a reluctant succubus, while her Dark Swan series features a shamanic mercenary caught up in fairy affairs. Over on the young adult side, Richelle writes the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans.

Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as transformed into graphic novels. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. More at:

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127 of 137 people found the following review helpful By Hider from Raindrops on February 25, 2011
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I liked the first two books in this series, quite a lot.
I liked the main character, Eugenie, during those first two books, quite a lot. (Her name, on the other hand, I've never liked, but you can't have everything)

And then there was THIS.
After months of anticipation, I finally had the book, and....

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At first all is well; our heroine is doing her thing, and being queen-like when she needs to be, and basically seems to be growing into her responsibilities quite well (while still enjoying herself on occasion).

Then, things go off the rails.
During the 'realization scene', where she suddenly has the horrible realization that ::GASP!!!:: Dorian has acting in a completely Dorian-like fashion, by manipulating her (in such a way as to make her more powerful, in such a way as to end the war--just as she wanted--, and in no way whatsoever as a betrayal of her)....
Well, that was the exact moment when the plot of the book drove into a massive hole in the road which jarred me completely out of the story.
Seriously, it seemed to me EXACTLY as if, while outlining this book in preparation for writing it, Richelle Mead had at one point written "And then, right about here, Eugenie has to do another 180 degree turn, and decide she hates Dorian, and wants Kiyo again. (don't worry about all of the very excellent reasons she left him; that was all the way in the last book, and my readers will have forgotten alllllll about that by the time they read this one).

The speed with which she decides to throw away her relationship with the man who has unfailingly supported her, in favor of the one who has NOT, is just dizzying.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful By HH (NJ) on February 24, 2011
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I liked the two previous Dark Swain novels and eagerly awaited this release. I am so disappointed in this third installment. Instead of the kick-butt shaman we saw in the prior two novels, in this installment Eugenie is spineless and borders on the too stupid to live stereotype. After the events at the end of book two, there is no way any sane women would do what Eugenie did in this book with Kiyo. No way. I understand an author wanting to put up roadblocks for her characters, but I feel like Eugenie had a lobotomy in this book. She was too way out of character for me.

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I am infuriated with how easily Eugenie went back to Kiyo and slept with him. He totally betrayed her in book two, but because Dorian (who has always been a liar and power hungry schemer) stayed true to form and set up Eugenie she walks away from him without a backwards glance and sleeps with Kiyo (a guy hung up on his ex and so political as to not want to take action against Eugenie's rapist). No way. The pregnancy plot made me want to vomit. I felt violated by having her carry Kiyo's kids. No self respecting woman would let him get away with the way he treats Eugenie (the animal way he takes her, the relationship with his ex, the way he is always betraying her), let alone the powerful queen shaman that she is supposed to be. I felt this installment really went in a wrong direction.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mourny on March 1, 2011
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First off, I would like to state just how much anticipation I had riding on this book. I'm sourly disappointed. It's almost as if I'm waiting for Richelle to poke her head out and be like "surprise!", issuing us all a new due date for the next installment and releasing it in a months time to redeem this mess. I'm thinking we deserve it.


Eugenie was the obvious issue in this book. Her original character traits seemed artificial and lacked the certified umf! she originally set out with in the first two books. I'm entirely fed up with Eugenie being torn between her human life and the gentry. In the last book we left off with a queen and then in Iron Crowned, yet again, we got the unsure irresponsible Eugenie we dealt with in the first book. In Iron Crowned, we're presented with a woman utterly controlled by both the urge to be immature and oblivious, abandoning the otherworld to pursue her life in the real world, and an "imposing" war, that isn't much of a war at all.

That was almost equally disappointing, the fact that Richelle left the other book off with seemingly an army at Eugenie's doorstep and then we didn't get to experience Eugenie in heavy combat aside from that flimsy nonsensical quest for the almighty iron crown. Total BS. However, I appreciated the time she had with Dorian, but that's where half of this goes amidst, right?

Eugenie "mentally" breaks up with him after he "betrayed" her, and then jumps in to rough disgusting sex with Kiyo to get "back at him". Was part of getting back at him dating the idiot for seven weeks? Kiyo's character is dull, and so hum drum I could hardly keep my eyes open through the drab course of Eugenie abandoning all of her responsibilities and spending her dreadful boring time with Kiyo.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Lmb on March 9, 2011
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OK I finished it - yes, it was a quick read & I felt compelled to blow through it but wow....WOW. Was it me or did Eugenie come across as fickle as a 70's housewife at a swinger party?

If you've read Mead's other series & see her character formula, I felt like this was if you took Rose & Georgie both & they had a love child - Eugenie would be the result but all of the bad & none of the good.

I had so many problems with this book & these characters I'm apparently supposed to feel for, I don't even know where to begin. Why is Eugenie written in such an insipidly shallow way?

And let me be clear, my issue is not b'c of what she did to Dorian (so therefore coming down on the woman but forgiving the man). My issue is a character who we know, knows better by now (about many, many things) so should be acting & reacting somewhat accordingly. My issue is that I found this book so poorly executed that there's no excuse for it.

Sure, no one's perfect yadda, yadda, trials & tribulations are necessary to gain experience, mistakes need to happen in order for personal growth. I get it. Not only do I get it but generally love to read characters who are able to do this & author's who carry this out well.

What I don't get is why Mead felt she had to make Eugenie so incredibly inept & unlikable all around, ALL the time, 24/7. Why she just had to pretty much wipe out her previous narrative from the last 2 books & practically start writing a new character b'c I had no idea she was heading in this direction with Eugenie. And to me, it doesn't make a good deal of sense with someone who I thought had a great deal of talent.

Eug has never been a favorite character of mine.
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