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Friday, April 8, 2011

Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead

Dark Swan #3
Author: Richelle Mead
Source: Publisher
*I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review*

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (March 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1420111795
ISBN-13: 978-1420111798


New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead takes readers back to the Otherworld, an embattled realm mystically entwined with our world--and ruled by one woman's dangerous choice. . . 

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 gentry fear. . . 

Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown's ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation--one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril. . . 


I haven't had a chance to really read much by this author.  I admit to owning her books, but something has always come up and I haven't had a chance to read much by her.  I received this book for review and after reading the back cover it seemed like a book that I would enjoy.  Even if I haven't read the other books in the series, I though I might still have a chance at understanding the book and gain an interest in a new series.

While I tried over and over again to enjoy this book,  I found myself struggling to finish it.  I didn't care for the character of Eugenie.  She fell flat and in a word I hate to use, well, shallow.  She hindered the story from being so much more, even though she was suppose to be the main character.  Her personality was immature and she was predictable after a few chapters into the book.

I was so frustrated with how the author had written this character that it might have hindered my feelings of enjoying the story.  I just couldn't get past all the idiotic actions and reactions that Eugenie had.  While the book was not a complete loss, but it also wasn't a success in my opinion.  I think I am going to stick to her young adult themed books in the future.


  If the library doesn't have it, don't worry about reading it!



Blogger Candace said...

It seems like this wouldn't be real easy to follow (or enjoy) without reading the previous books. I really enjoyed the first two, though I haven't read this one yet (hopefully soon!) so I can't really say much. I sure hope I like it more then you did!

April 10, 2011 at 9:21 AM  
Blogger Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

Even reading the first two books I wasnt a fan of Eugene's actions in this one... However I have to say that i really feel it would have been a completely different experience for you if you had read the first two books...

Hope you give them a shot some day!


April 14, 2011 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I really do not know how you can give a rating on a book that is part of a series without reading the 1st two books. That to me is just ridiculous. Richelle Mead is a fantastic author. This book is a little frustrating and upsetting; however there is dynamics that you know nothing of. Her relationship with her half sister is becoming a real relationship. Her finally grasping that she has to make a decision on what world she needs to live in is something we have been waiting for for a long time. Last but not least this book shows what kind of man Kiyo has been. This book is a turning point in the whole story and I am glad I read it and can not wait for the next. It left me with my emotions torn apart and I am anxiously waiting to see what happens to the characters I have grown to love and grown to hate

July 1, 2011 at 11:18 AM  

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