Sunday, 31 July 2011

Iron Crowned - Book Review

Iron Crowned – Book Review – Dark Swan Series
Richelle Mead
Adult Urban Fantasy
Readers 16+
An embattled realm mystically entwined with our own, the other world is at the mercy of one woman…
Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing on the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land’s Queen, she is 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 the two worlds in mortal danger…

As much as I hate to admit it, I was a little disappointed with Richelle Mead’s third instalment in her dark swan series. Iron crowned was a book I had been waiting a long time to read and while I still enjoyed the story I found a lot of it to be repetitive and predictable.
That is not to say that people shouldn’t read it because they should. I mean the first two books, Storm Born and The Thorn Queen were really fantastic. Taking you into a world of fairies and magic (not to mention drool worthy guys), Eugenie Markham is a kick-ass heroine with a sarcastic tongue and an attraction for trouble.
However, while the first two books focus on her journey of self discovery and many battles with otherworldly creatures, this third book was mostly centred around her relationships with Dorian an Kiyo, or rather her yo-yo-ing back and forth between them. Dump Dorian, run to Kiyo, Kiyo turns psychotic, run back to Dorian, which is also a bit of a rinse and repeat of the first two books. More over this all led up to an interesting, if somewhat predictable ending.
Yet having said all that Iron Crowned was a good book, I just didn’t think it was as good as the first two in the series. Mind despite my disappoint with it I’m still really looking forward to fourth and final book in the series, Shadow Heir which is to be released in January of 2012 as, like nearly all Richelle Mead’s books, Iron Crowned ended on a cliff hanger and naturally I want to know what happens next.
Therefore I would still highly recommend the Dark Swan series to all adult fans of urban fantasy. Filled with humorous, intriguing and just plain gorgeous characters, the series is a dark, edgy and delicious read. Plus I’m totally in love with Dorian! ;)

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