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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (Mass Market); Original edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420100971
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420100976
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4.4 out of 5 stars

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108 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on July 31, 2009
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I don't think I'm going to enjoy writing this review very much, because I'm sort of torn about how I feel about the book. I really enjoyed Storm Born and was looking forward with much anticipation to Thorn Queen but I'm left feeling a bit disappointed. I want to preface my review by explaining that I think Richelle Mead is a good author and a solid story teller (no, they aren't the same thing). I find her books to have depth in both plot and characters (she's especially gifted with secondary and ancillary characters) and of the two series I've read, this one and the Georgia Kincaid series, they are generally a nice way to spend a few dollars and a few hours.

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.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2009
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Storm born was the wonderful series debut by Richelle mead and opened our eyes to the possibilities of Otherworlds and gave us the wonderful protagonist of Eugenie Markham, a shamanic mercenary with Faerie blood. We were also introduced to Dorian the King with an agenda and Kiyo the shapeshifting veterinarian with a secret.

Now with Thorn Queen Eugenie is seeing the full and sometimes horrific extent of her powers and she is starting to loose her fear of them, and is learning to gain control. We are again introduced to many wonderful secondary and tertiary characters, the main characters and secondaries from the first book are fleshed out even more and the writing is once again nearly flawless and the plot is so excellent that it's a sure thing that you are going to start reading this book and never want it to end.

I will warn you there is a lot of adult content though not nearly as much as some other authors use when writing about the Fey or the Shining ones and there is a rather long but important rape scene. So those who many not be able to handle these types of things may want to stay away from this novel. Although I do have to say both the sex and the rape are handled quite well. The sex actually does move the plot along and the rape was quite necessary to the furthering story line.

For those of you who are familiar with the work of Laurell K Hamilton, specifically the Anita Blake series; I'd like to point out that I think all three of the main characters here remind me a lot of Jean-Claude, Richard and Anita. But not nearly so angsty and annoying.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series to hit the stand.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Judah on July 30, 2010
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This novel contains explicit scenes, not for kids.

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.
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