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…
Praise for Richelle Mead’s Storm Born…
“My kind of book—great characters, dark worlds, and just the right touch of humor.
A great read.” --Patricia Briggs, New York Times
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A great escape
(Saturday, January 2, 2010)
Reviewer: Robert Miller
Thorn Queen is the second of the Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead. The world she has been trained to protect humanity from is her father's. She is a queen over the people she ruthlessly fought, a people that now need her.
Eugenie finds herself not only in a battle against evil doers, thugs that want her to bear their children and various men who just want her, but she also has to deal with the conflict between how she was raised and who she is now is. Being a queen in a culture her mother and stepfather had spent her life trying to protect her from by turning her against. She is still a young woman trying to figure out who she is while being forced to fight beings from another world as well as virtually everyone who loves her, but want to control her.
This is a story that allows us to explore the conflicts of Eugenie as she walks between the medieval Otherworld and her own Arizona desert. Mead has included mystery, romance, erotica, as well as social conflict that make this book easy to relate to and fun to read.
I loved this book as much as Storm Born. I am looking forward to the next addition to the Dark Swan series.