Monday, August 3, 2009

Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) Book Review

***Spoilers from book 1 ahead!***

Eugenie Markham banishes unearthly souls from the human world for a living. But after her major battle against one of the powerful leaders, lands her a spot to become queen of the Thorn Land. Her life is hardly one to envy, with her kingdom in ruins, her love life in chaos, all while trying to avoid fulfilling the prophecy about her first born set to destroy all mankind and now young girls are disappearing from her kingdom and no one, except Eugenie, wants to find out why.

She has spilled much fey blood in her life, but this enemy is avenging a personal grudge. All of the while, the men in her life are just not willing to make it any easier on her. Her boyfriend, Kiyo, spends most of his time with his pregger ex, and the sexy fey king Dorian, always poses for anything remotely dangerous. Eugenie ventures in deep parts of the Otherworld and trust in her new powers to fulfill her duties as queen. She has sworn to do her duty, even if it means facing the darkest or even yet deadliest, side of her own nature…

Anyone that knows me knows that Richelle Mead is by far one of my favorite paranormal authors. I really liked this book better than the first one even. It’s just one of those books that indeed keeps you up all night and to be honest it did. I grew very frustrated through out the entire book, like where you just wanted to throw the book across the room but then run and go get it because you just wanted to know what happens next. Yeah, that would be me. It actually happened quite a few times. The book was filled with adventure as well as lustful situations. This book is quite different than the last one because you can clearly see Eugenie grow as the book progresses and come to terms (sort of) with her Storm King heritage. I’ve honestly have always been rooting for King Dorian instead of Kiyo and in this book Richelle Mead honestly marks the difference between the two very profoundly. This isn’t one of my favorite books by her, but it indeed is a really good one. That said I give this book 4 out of 5 paws. Her next installment of the Dark Swan Series, Iron Crowned, is set to be available in 2010.

Comment Question of the Blog: Have you read any of Richelle Mead’s books? If so which ones? Did you like them, hate them? Let me know

As always,

That Chick That Reads


  1. This sounds like a good book. I'll have to add it to my tbr. Thanks!

  2. I really loved it to.

    There's only 1 thing that kind of ticked me, and maybe there's some explanation I missed. You know when Eugenie is being attacked by gentries only the strongest ones are able to really cross over physically, so how did her kidnapper and the gentry girls crossed over physically enough to rape/be raped. They ain't exactly powerful =P

  3. you know, i actually wondered that too... i was planning on asking her when i go to her book signing later this month