Wednesday, 16 September 2009

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Thorn Queen (Dark Swan 2) - Richelle Mead


Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire, paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld. But after her last battle, she's also become queen of the Thorn Land. It's hardly an envious life, not with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind. And now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one - except Eugenie - seems willing to find out why. Eugenie has spilled plenty of fey blood in her time, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle, and nursing a very personal grudge. And the men in her life aren't making things any easier. Her boyfriend Kiyo is preoccupied with his pregnant ex, and sexy fey king Dorian always poses a dangerous distraction. With or without their help, Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in an unpredictable power she can barely control. Reluctant queen or not, Eugenie has sworn to do her duty - even if it means facing the darkest - and deadliest - side of her nature...


The second novel in the Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead. Whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of the original I thought that it would be best to give this a go, especially after enjoying Vampire Academy alongside her Georgina Kincaid series.

Whilst the first novel was pretty standard urban fare in my own opinion, the second did pick up a bit more on the themes explored in the original and yet went further on character development which made this one a bit more tantalising. Add to the mix a tug of love triage as each character gets to grips with their lot in life and its getting back more into Richelle’s field of expertise. It is well written, it will attract a good number but alas, still not something that will set the world, for me, this is the least of her three series to date.

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