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Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 121 customer reviews
Book 2 of 4 in the Dark Swan Series

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About the Author

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 (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tracy VINE VOICE on July 31, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
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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I am disgusted with the negative reviews of this book. I get so sick of series that are like carbon copies of each other. This is not a young adult it's a hot & well written adult paranormal series with a funny as hell leading lady whose thrown into the craziest of the crazy. She's bad ass & I get really tired of books that spend 1/2 the time wrestling with "oh i want to but shouldn't have sex" issues. Strong female leads take what they want & she never cheats in spite of it being a fae allowance. This is completely different than her other series & I really really love it the best. I am dying for more books to continue this series with the twins, the new otherworldly & finally Dorian & Eugenie together without the ass Kitsumi & his crazy baby momma getting in the way
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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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I started this series with some trepidation- I love Richelle Mead, but I read the reviews and wasn't completely sure if this was for me. I'm understanding more and more why the series has such ambivalent reviews. The world building, as per usual for Mead, is fantastic. Eugenie (not gonna lie, I don't love the name) can be a really great character. It's the back and forth that I don't love. I know love triangles are a thing, people dig them, etc., etc., but this one is a love triangle on steroids. The way she bounces between them can give you whiplash.

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.

****spoiler/trigger warning***
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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