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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 ›
You know that book that is like a tug of war and while you are reading you are so upset with the characters but at the same time can’t put it down for anything. THIS IS THAT KIND OF BOOK FOR ME.
First we have Eugenie. I like her badass powers, I like her snark, I like her desire to help everyone, I like her sense of fairness and desire to help people in both worlds and her desire not to birth a son that would try and take over the human world.
But I’m also frustrated with internal struggle with being ½ human and ½ fae. I’m frustrated with her current choice of boyfriend in the beginning of the book. I hate how she is trying so hard to run from the responsibility of having a fae land and running it. I also struggle with her internal strife over Kiyo having a baby with Maiwenn. I get that this is a book where she is torn between two worlds and it is supposed to be difficult but she is infuriating sometimes because she has so many awesome powers and I just want her to accept and take charge of them.
I’m not even going to talk about her struggle between Dorian and Kiyo because for me she really crosses some lines and I’m not sure how much I care because it went to Dorian’s favor this time but if it was the other way around I’d be pissed….#trianglesarecomplicated Still she is really flip floppy and I just want her to make a decision and stick with it, well as long as it is the decision I want her to make.
Then there is Kiyo. ARGGG….where to start.
I was okay with him in the first book but this is the book where I really start to despise him. He is such a buzz kill….”Don’t practice your magic Eugenie. I’d make you give up your kingdom if you could, Eugenie. You can’t ever have a child, Eugenie.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.
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in this novel Eugenie (our hero) is faced with returning to the Undererworld with Kiyu, (the cat changer) while he awaits the birth of his child with Maiwenn, the Willow Queen... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rox019
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 10 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 11 months ago by Cristina Urs