Iron Crowned (Dark Swan #3)
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 powe ...more
There is a recurring theme in all of Meads books that is starting to make me wonder about her personal life. Could this be wish fulfillment? Or perhaps something that happened to her in her past? For her sake I hope not.
I'm getting the feeling that Mead wants us to hate all her main characters. She has them make idiotic decisions, betray the ones who love them, and do the one thing they should have done in the first place when it's almost too late. They ignore useful advice and inst ...more
This one falls into the latter. Ugh. Where to begin? Most anything I rant about will be spoilers, but suffice it to say I am com ...more
OK I finished it - yes, it was a quick read & I felt compelled to blow through it but wow....WOW. Was it me or did Eugenie come across as fickle as a 70's housewife at a swinger party?
If you've read Mead's other series & see her character formula, I felt like this was if you took Rose & Georgie both & they had a love child - Eugenie would be the result but all of the bad & none of the good.
I had so many problems with this book &a ...more
A couple of years ago, when ...more
Really, seriously, Kiyo again? Whatever.
Dorian, you lying hunk of badass royalty. Whatever.
Hated the book.
Love the series.
I'm reeling over this book, it might take me a while to get to sleep, so I thought I'd put a few random thought on here.
*********SPOILERS FOR PREVIOUS BOOKS********
First of all...I LOVE Dorian!!(xoxoxo)
This book continues pretty much where THORN QUEEN left off. Eugenie and Dorian have teamed up in a war waged in the Otherworld by the Rowan Queen, after her son Leith was killed by Dorian for the kidnap ...more
Most of my reading time with this book was spent being annoyed at the main characters. There were even a few instances of me wanting to fling the book across the room. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not a bad book. It just drove me crazy.
Words can not express my frustration and hatred for one of the main characters. Here’s a hint: he is the despised furry one – Kiyo. Why, Eugenie, Why? After the end of the last book, there would have been no way that I would buy a rela ...more
The war sparked by events of the last book rages on in Iron Crowned. It makes for an interesting backdrop - or rather, it would have if Mead had given a glimpse of the various battles as opposed to mere tactical updates. Instead, Iron Crowned is more about Eugenie’s relationships and her ineffectual decision-making.
Am I supposed to cheer Eugenie on? Think her fabulous? Or ...more
All I should write in order for you to believe the depth of excellency of this book should be to point out and that IT IS a Richelle Mead book. Not only a Richele Mead book, but a 3rd book in the series book. If you've read at least one of her 3 series you know that she has this thing that on the 3rd book she pulls the carpet under your feet, shreddi ...more
***Please note if you have not read the previous two books of the series I suggest doing so before reading further to avoid past spoilers.***
Working with her current lover, King Dorian, along with her advisors Shaya and Rurik, Eugenie is trying to manage the war with minimal damage. And she still ...more
Iron Crowned is the much anticipated third book in Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series. The series follows Eugenie Markham, newly made Queen of the Thorn Land and daughter to the epically feared Storm King. She must maintain her responsibilities in the Otherworld as Queen while also paying her bills and keeping her house as a part-time shaman in the real world. War is raging between her land and the land of Rowan. Her only hope of winning this War and mini ...more
I ADORE Richelle Mead, but we are all human. THis book will have to be chalked up to her one tragic mistake...
Storm Born~She starts out with Kiyo until she finds out he has another chick knocked up. BYE BYE KIYO...
Storm Born~Dorian ...more
It was nice to see a little more from Eugenie interacting with Jasmine, but other than that, we didn't see much more character/relationship development. There was one relationship that I won't go into so I don't spoil it-it has no great bearing on anything else in the book.
The other rela ...more
Hmmmm.....Let me think for a second...............Okay! Back to my thoughts!
It was a remarkable,suspenseful ongoing joy ride read for me! I literally, no LIES,jumped in my seat with anticipation from beginning till end,along with hundreds of profanity words that I just could not help expressing while reading. So what's my point? Here goes,I don't normally get all riled up and crazed about a book; but for some bizarre reason all of Richelle Mead's series tend to ...more
After reading this book, eugenie markham just shot straight to the top of my most disliked heroine characters list(from urban fantasies/romances).
eugenie Markham is one flawed lady.
Honestly, she's unbelievably selfish, shortsighted and delusional, not to mention a closet nymphomaniac.
I think Rich ...more
The second half of the book had more action, but watching Eugenie go through it was agony. She is such a blithering, insufferable, idiot who actually gets more stupid as her ...more
Also she does change between her lovers...a lot! I am Team Dorian, I know he will loose, but the Fox can not be trusted. Not that Dorian can be trusted either, but he is hot.
And Genie is a mess, sure she can be kick.ass, but she also gets her ass kicked...a LOT.
BUT, I like her, I like the love triangle, even if I am Team Dorian, and even if he only is using her so that their kid coul ...more
Never before has foreshadowing played such an integral role in the Dark Swan series. At the beginning of Storm Born, the first in the Dark Swan series, Mead alluded that shaman Eugenie Markham’s destiny would be turbulent, on rocky footing, and perhaps a solitary journey. With a prophecy to contend with that could end the reign of humans in their realm and put the gentry in their place, Storm Born cultivated a tall order for the series. Would the destiny of Eugenie’s offspring ever ful...more
Seriously, I'm flabbergasted. What happened to Eugenie? It's like her personality from the first and second books was completely transplanted. She's gone from being strong to being whiny; everything she learned about keeping herself under control has been tossed out the window. She's selfish. I'm honestly disgusted.
Eugenie, remember why you broke up with Kiyo? Because he ...more
This was easily the best of the three books for me. I felt enthralled from word GO. It didn’t drag out, it was fast paced and it had my favourite – smut.
I didn’t understand the secondary story of the P.I and the ghost. Was there some underlying point I was meant to pick up on?
Some things I didn’t like – how she jumped straight into the sack with Kiyo – literally the instant she thought Dorian had ...more
As gripping as ever. A lot of hot steamy scenes. This third book was more soap-opera drama than actual story even though the main conflict in The Otherworld was very major. I'm glad it didn't end in a super cliff-hanger.
(view spoiler)[Eugenie's a strong character and does make her own choices, but it seems like she keeps getting deceived and led around by men she cares about. I'm not one to cheer infidelity, but I'm glad to see that in Mead's books, it's the women who are ...more
A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away f ...more