Book Review: Thorn Queen (Dark Swan #2) by Richelle Mead

Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire, paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld. But after her last battle, she’s also become queen of the Thorn Land. It’s hardly an envious life, not with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind. And now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one—except Eugenie—seems willing to find out why.

Eugenie has spilled plenty of fey blood in her time, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle, and nursing a very personal grudge. And the men in her life aren't making things any easier. Her boyfriend, Kiyo, is preoccupied with his pregnant ex, and sexy fey king Dorian always poses a dangerous distraction. With or without their help, Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in an unpredictable power she can barely control. Reluctant queen or not, Eugenie has sworn to do her duty—even if it means facing the darkest—and deadliest—side of her nature… 

I just love Richelle Mead.  Her Vampire Academy series is unparalled, in my opinion, in terms of strong female leads, romance, tension, suspense, action, and plot twists.  I was trying to wait to read her Dark Swan series until all four books were released, but alas, I failed.

A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of my book slump, which scared my family and friends because I was barely reading at all, I caved and read Storm Born (Dark Swan #1).  Yes, I was defeated by the lure of Richelle Mead's writing---a defeat I savored as I raced through the first two books in the Dark Swan series.

As excellent as Storm Born was, I enjoyed Thorn Queen even more.  The romantic tension, the plot twists, the suspense, the tough heroine: all the things I love about Vampire Academy are here in full force in an adult series.  I would recommend these books to anyone---they are just that good.

And I can't end this review without declaring my team affiliation: I have always been and probably will always be Team Dorian!  Down with Kiyo!

Just One Gripe: 
The way Eugenie calls the fey "gentry" and "shining ones" gets me confused sometimes.  Sometimes I actually forget I'm reading about faeries---maybe that's how Mead intended it?

The Best Thing About This Book: 
That typical Richelle Mead style.

Appropriate for a younger audience: 

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Setting/Imagery: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Ending: 5/5
Total Score:  25/25


  1. I can't wait to read this one! Maybe next month :)

  2. Great review Kelli - I'm so glad you're enjoying this series :o) It's going to be a long wait until Iron Crowned & book 4 though :o( That's the only downside of discovering a series so early on LOL. I've added your link to my review

  3. Ooo great review. That does sound good.

  4. I just finished reading this last yesterday. Probably my fav yet. I wasn't sure how I was going to like the series when I first started out, but boy, oh boy, I love it! Now the wait begins for the next one...


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