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Iron Crowned (Dark Swan, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2011
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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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Eugenie…Eugenie…Eugenie….what are you thinking. Okay so is isn’t just the love triangle that I’m having a few issues with it is also Eugenie’s complete and utter disregard of any of her duties to a land she claimed. She spends a lot of time neglecting her kingdom and pretending that she is normal in the human world. She is the Ostridge sticking her head into the ground and pretending that everything isn’t happening around her. She honestly drives me a little crazy.
Sometimes she is bad-ass and then other times she is just a complete mess trying to avoid any responsibility to anything. I just wanted her to accept her choices and own them, instead of hiding.
The characters in this that I really liked the most were Dorian because he is a pretty fun guy even when machinating and finagling Eugenia into places she needs to be and Jasmine. YES you herd me right I liked Jasmine the half-sister that at one time wanted to kill Eugenia and have the Stormking’s grandchild she is the one I wanted more page time with.
I will give props to the twist toward the end. While I did see part of it coming I didn’t see people’s reaction to it and what it would drive Eugenie to do. I am invested in how the story will play out and I’m happy that this book SHOULD have totally resolved the love triangle completely so I won’t have to deal with that anymore but overall this is the weakest book in the series so far.
After Eugenie's involvement in killing a prince from another Otherworld kingdom in book 2, the Thorn lands are under attack. As battles ensue and lives are lost, Eugenie learns of a powerful Fey object, the Iron Crown, which can help her bring peace to her people. The Iron Crown is feared by the Fey because iron is deadly to all of them. But because Eugenie is part human, she should be able to obtain it.
The search that follows is extremely dangerous, and because Dorian cannot get close to the crown, it winds up being Kiyo who accompanies her on her quest. During the journey, Eugenie must face deadly creatures and powerful magic, but it is betrayal and anger that cause her the most harm.
In the end, it is the prophecy of the Storm King's daughter that seals her destiny. She finally learns who she can really trust.
Review: After reading a few reviews from people who clearly didn't like this book, I can honestly say that I agree with most of what they didn't like about Eugenie's choices in the story. In the first 2 books in the series, I found Eugenie to be rational, logical, strong and intelligent. Those are certainly great qualities in a heroine, but they can also be a little boring and predictable over the course of a series of books.
In this book, Eugenie makes one particular idiotic decision that made me so angry that I literally threw the book across my room after reading the section. Understandably, some readers might not like that kind of reaction to a story or character. I surprisingly found that I did like it. I read well over 100 novels per year on average, and I have NEVER had such an angry reaction to a book that I felt compelled to throw it. I was so overwhelmed by my strong feelings that I eventually picked up the book and finished the rest of it in one sitting. It wound up being my favorite book in the series.
Who says that we have to love the main character throughout the entire series??? For a few chapters of this book, I DESPISED Eugenie and thought she was a complete fool. What a surprise! I never would have expected the choices she made, and that is why I liked this book so much. I think it is our imperfections and mistakes that make life interesting. Eugenie has definitely shown that she can make a mess out of her life just like anyone else. Not very queenly to be sure, but definitely interesting. I can't wait to read the next book to see if she can learn from her stupid mistakes and redeem herself.
In the mean time, the characters of Dorian and Kiyo stay consistent to what you have previously either loved or hated in them. I happen to be pro-Dorian and anti-Kiyo, and this installment did not change my position. In fact, Eugenie's stupid choices actually strengthened my feelings toward the other characters. Instead of just liking Dorian, I now think he is a saint. And instead of mildly disliking Kiyo, I now HATE him. I think it takes a talented writer to evoke such strong feelings from her readers about her characters.
I've become a big fan of this series, mostly due to the surprising twists and turns in each book. It is very unpredictable, and I've enjoyed that element. I just purchased the final book in the series, Shadow Heir, and I plan to start reading it tonight. This series should appeal to fans of both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance genres.
*Contains VERY MINOR Spoilers for the previous books in the series.
The Good: Eugene is back! It's been so long since the last Dark swan book, that I was dying for Iron crowned! I wasn't disappointed. So much action and series development in this book that left breathless. Great twists and turns =)
The Bad: I didn't really love the way Eugenie handle the whole Kyo and Dorian issue =/
The Romance: A lot of romance of this one for both Team Kyo and Team Dorian. A lot of surprises as well hehe.
Originally Posted at Welcome to Larissa's Bookish Life