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Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2009
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And actually, that's sort of the problem. It's ONLY a NICE way to spend them.
Technically, Mead's good. She delivers. But where Storm Born was an exciting premiere, Thorn Queen was more similar in - well - in emotional aftertaste to the Kincaid series than I would like.
I stopped reading that series after two books because there just never seemed to be enough happening that WASN'T Georgia angsting over her life as a succubus or her relationship with her boyfriend. Solid enough stories without anything truly exciting or motivating me to continue. Every time I finished one of those books I was left feeling so ambivalent that it didn't seem worth continuing.
Storm Born was a nice change. I enjoyed Eugenie Markham (except for that god-awful name - seriously - EUGENIE?) and appreciated her dilemmas as they kept piling up. The only thing I didn't like about Storm Born was her relationship with Kiyo, and it kept it from being a five star book for me. I had hope that Mead would give us a series of excitement and anticipation.
Then I read Thorn Queen.
It's NOT a bad book.Read more ›
I enjoyed the opening short story about a teenage girl's ghost exorcism more than the rest of the entire book. Mead is really talented in writing interesting paranormal briefs, and if she published an anthology of short stories, I'd buy it without hesitation.
Thorn Queen, the main novel, has outstanding world building and good setting descriptions. Unfortunately, it revolves around Eugenie Markham, an impulsive and unlikeable main character who doesn't make smart or good decisions. This lack of sense is why I can't give four stars, despite how much every part of the novel that isn't the main plot impressed me. Honestly, if not for the main character's stupidity, this series would be in the top tier of urban fantasy. The descriptions and supporting cast are awesome.
Eugenie Markham gained the responsibilities as the Thorn Queen in book one, and in book two she totally botches everything. Despite commanding a kingdom of magic users and elves, she has to go and take care of problems *personally.* Even when it's really stupid to rush in with spells blazing because she doesn't have information or a plan. On the romance side, she *thinks* she is with Kiyo, though he obviously cares about his child with another woman much more than her. Dorian is also there, and that matters. Personally I found the romance side of Thorn Queen to be a trainwreck, because Eugenie Markham is stupid.
Overall a great book combined with a main character incapable of deciding what she wants ends in triple stars of 'meh', but I'm invested in the series and will read number three.
Now, this particular book. Someone is stealing non-royal gentry girls, nobody cares except Eugenie, and she dives into the mystery. I like the mystery, I like Eugenie developing her role as ***spoiler if you haven't read the first book*** Thorn Queen, and her interactions with her people.
I will say this- I've finished the series, and this book is a set up for bigger things to come in the third book. This book is pretty good. I liked it. But for those who crave a bit bigger tale, that comes in the next book. Also, spoiler/trigger warning below for some content in this book.
This book does have a rape scene, non-graphic, but with enough descriptions of the emotions felt by the survivor that some readers may have a hard time with it.
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Some readers have good reason to avoid books in which rape is a theme, no matter how disapproving the author may be. Such things can cause some of us to re-live actual traumas. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Prime customer
It was really,really good ( just like most of the Richelle Mead writings,of course). I haven’t been able to put it down several times,until early morning hours actually. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Cristina Urs
In this series Richelle Mead has a new fan. Can't wait for the next Eugenie Book. Loved her charactersPublished 9 months ago by traveling CJT
I absolutely love this series. I've read all 4 books and even when I think I have the plot and characters figured out something happens and shocks me even more. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jamie
Surprises. Aversion. Intrigue. Disgust. So many things going on here. Keep reading. Not for young adults that's for sure. Wow.Published 11 months ago by M. R. T.