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Iron Crowned (Dark Swan #3)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  14,733 Ratings  ·  896 Reviews
An embattled 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
Paperback, UK, 378 pages
Published March 31st 2011 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2011)
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The Holy Terror
*2.75 Stars*
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
Laura Lulu
Mar 17, 2011 Laura Lulu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy, fae, i-own
Ugh. Where to begin. I'm not a great reviewer, I don't usually give a synopsis of the story, or break down the book in a nice, rational way. And I don't always leave reviews for books. Often, I feel my star rating says enough. My reviews are usually just based on how the book made me feel. So I tend to leave more reviews for books I loved, and books I greatly disliked.

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
Aug 27, 2016 Choko rated it liked it
*** 3.44 ***

A buddy read with the Wednesday Urban Fantasy Fanatics at BB&B!

This was a very well written, but very frustrating book in the series.. I am getting a bit tired of the love triangle and am frustrated because I neither like nor trust either one of them and I wish Richelle Mead would offer us and Eug a third, worthy choice.... I know plenty of people feel Dorian is too good for her, but I think he is all about his agenda and power-hunger, with a tendency for megalomania and is mayb
Robin (Bridge Four)
And This is Why I Hate MOST Love Triangles. I get it the suspense of who will win the girl is a good tension builder but I’m of the opinion that once the heroine has slept with and gone back and forth between the two possible choices multiple times now I’m just don’t care anymore. Mostly I’m irritated with how much of the story that portion is taking up.

Eugenie…Eugenie…Eugenie….what are you thinking. Okay so is isn’t just the love triangle that I’m having a few issues with it is also Eugenie’s c
Mar 09, 2011 LMM rated it did not like it
This should be re-titled The Dumb Queen series.

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
Jan 15, 2011 Emilie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 27, 2011 Chichipio rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
After reading this I have to say that Richelle Mead made the right decision when she decided to write Bloodlines and bring her adult-targeted series to an end. With only one book remaining in both this and her Succubus series, most of us will stick with them to the bitter end, if only for no other reason than to find out what happens. But, after that, I really don't see many in the adult crowd picking one of her books again. I hope her fangirls represent a good market.

A couple of years ago, when
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Antibotics? Ok come on, whatever.

Really, seriously, Kiyo again? Whatever.

Dorian, you lying hunk of badass royalty. Whatever.

Hated the book.

Love the series.
Lindsey Rey
Nov 10, 2015 Lindsey Rey rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2015
Feb 26, 2011 Rhonda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic!!!! This was so worth the wait. Mead does not disappoint!!!

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.


First of all...I LOVE Dorian!!(xoxoxo)
Second....Kiyo SUCKS!!!!

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
Feb 28, 2011 AH rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not what I expected - 2.5 stars

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
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Feb 23, 2011 Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: UF fans, Fae lovers, Richelle Mead fans
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The Flooze
This might have been a little more than a 3 star book, but Eugenie is such an obtuse character that I had to issue a demerit.

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
Mar 01, 2011 Jade rated it it was amazing
This book deserves more than 5 stars!!! The words that came to mind while I was reading were: OMG!!, OMFG!! WOW!! I absolutely L.O.V.E.D. this book.

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
I enjoyed the storyline in this one, but I just felt like, after reading so many of Richelle Mead's VA and Bloodlines books, that this series is less polished in its execution.

The whole ghost/murder mystery background story felt unnecessary, a lot of things felt repetitive (oh, look, I am spending more time in the Otherworld now... over and over and over)...

And the back and forth between Dorian and Kiyo is giving me whiplash. He's bad, I want that one. No, wait, that one is bad, I want this one.
Wendy Darling
Loved parts of it, so frustrated by others. Dump the fox and keep the fairy king, woman!
Eugenie Markham is quite the kick-butt heroine! She is queen of the Thorn Land, half-human, half-fae and she is in the middle of a huge war with The Rowan Land. This book starts off with a great start.

***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
Feb 28, 2011 Katie rated it liked it
Kiyo needs to go...I don't know why Eugenie can't see how wonderful Dorian is? This is a two star book; only getting an extra star for the final two chapters. There wasn't a good flow to the plot. Eugenie spent awkward scenes in transition to this world and the next...such as the whole dating kiyo again - "We fell into our old routine of TV and sex; or something". She wasn't even doing any banishing really; and the PI never really came into play. That made for a dull filler waiting for the (view ...more
~Mel :)~
Jan 15, 2012 ~Mel :)~ rated it did not like it
Honestly, I want to CRY that I wasted a whole days reading on this blip in Richelle Meads Dark Swan road. Really, I would LOVE nothing more then to post all the spoilers for all to see and save you from the trauma of this disaster of a book. BUT I WON"T

I ADORE Richelle Mead, but we are all human. THis book will have to be chalked up to her one tragic mistake...

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Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R
Apr 03, 2011 Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R by: Rhonda
What were my thoughts on this book?

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
I wanted to like Iron Crowned more than I did, but it left me with mixed feelings overall. The storyline from the previous books progressed a respectable amount, but there wasn't as much in character development.

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
Aug 27, 2016 Emma rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This had a few surprises in it and was also quite irritating. I thought that I was annoyed with the author and the book but I'm annoyed with the characters, which should mean the author has done a good job..and maybe it does- I can't decide. I have no choice but to finish the last one in the series with the BB&B brigade to discover how it all ends.
This is the continuation of the journey of Eugenie Markham, the Thorn Queen of the Otherworld and a shaman-for-hire in the human world. When we last saw Eugenie, she was proudly wearing a new crown to legitimize her standing as the Thorn Queen. As this book opens, she is practically living with the Oak King, my beloved Dorian, and waging a war with Dorian against the Rowan Queen, Katrice (can't even remember if this is her name, but it's close). This war was set into action by the behavior of ...more

-I did find this entertaining, I was hooked from the beginning until the end but I couldn't rate this higher because I hated the heroine with a burning passion — not because she turned out to be a cheater, not because she was dumb but because she let people treat her rubbish - Kiyo, Roland, her mum, that freeloader Tim and everyone in between.

-I hated Eugenie's mum and stepdad, Roland - they were hideous and vile. Seriously, Eugenie has the worst parents ever — what kind of father wouldn
Feb 22, 2011 Kt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eugenie is learning firsthand the consequences of war. Her compassionate side does not allow the losses of her people to sit well with her, so's she is desperate to find a way to end the war without more bloodshed. When she hears about the legendary Iron Crown she is skeptical, yet very eager for its possibilities. Due to the high concentration of Iron, she cannot rely on her lover, King Dorian for help. So, she must turn to her ex for help, making it a very strained journey. She will have to ...more
Feb 28, 2011 Suz rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy, pnr
It's not a cliff hanger, it's a sloppy non-ending that just stops. The book could have been about 2/3 shorter than it was with the existing content, and the difference tacked onto the end with more substantive content. The first 1/3 to 1/2 of the book was practically without merit. Very little occurred to warrant the words.

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
Wang Xiuyi
Feb 24, 2011 Wang Xiuyi rated it liked it
I was a big, big fan of the Dark Swan series. I loved the idea of Eugenie getting lured away by Dorian, and Richelle Mead daring to take on the sensitive issue of rape in the previous book, Thorn Queen.

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
Feb 22, 2011 Kylie rated it liked it
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Mar 18, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first two installments of the Dark Swan series but I found myself getting really frustrated as I was reading Iron Crowned. Eugenie makes some seriously bad decisions and there were times I was about ready to strangle her! I'm getting really annoyed that she refuses to accept her role as queen of the Thorn Land, her people are suffering because she won't step up to her responsibilities and it's about time she grew up and did the right thing.

I've also had enough of the love tr
Mar 09, 2011 Marzie rated it liked it
I was so disappointed in how poorly written this third book was, especially after having waited so long for it. I just felt as if Mead was forced to churn it out on a deadline and couldn't devote herself to the writing as she had the first two books in the series, which I know she had in the can long ago. The grammar and even improper use of some words was really jarring to me as a reader. The storyline was predictable and in spite of the fact that this is supposedly the "strong" female of her ...more
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Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away f
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He gave me a mournful look. "I'm afraid that'll happen with or without clothes, my dear.”
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