Monday, 4 April 2011

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Dark Swan 3: Iron Crowned - Richelle Mead

Release Date: 07/04/11


An embattled realm mystically entwined with our own, the Otherworld is at the mercy of one woman...Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land's queen, she's fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful fear...But who can she trust to help her? Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her. To control the Crown's all-consuming powers, Eugenie must confront an unimaginable temptation - one which puts her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal danger...


To be honest with you, I’ve never really gotten along with Richelle’s lead character in this series, Eugenie Markham, she’s rude, she’s abrasive and to be honest the type of character with stubbornness that really annoys me as a reader. The fact that this character is a Queen and refuses to even consider a number of outcomes or possible situations leads to an almost prophetic betrayal which to some really won’t come as a shock.

Finally back this up with a lead character that is becoming weaker by the page as she ends up in situations of her own making and it’s a title that may well infuriate rather than please a number of readers. With luck the character will pick up in the final tale in this series but to be honest I think I’ll be sticking to Richelle’s Succubus work which I feel is superior on all levels.

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