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- Publisher: Kensington Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Publication date: 3 January 2012
- ISBN 10: 1420111809
- ISBN 13: 9781420111804
- Sales rank: 4,747
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By Nora-Adrienne Deret 31 Jan 2012
By: Richelle Mead
Copyright January 2012
Publisher Zebra Urban Fantasy
Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to keep the mortal realm safe from trespassing entities. But as the Thorn Land's prophecy-haunted queen, there's no refuge for her and her soon-to-be-born-children when a mysterious blight begins to devastate the Otherworld...
The spell-driven source of the blight isn't the only challenge to Eugenie's instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie can't trust the synergy drawing them back together. The uneasy truce between her and her shape shifter ex-lover Kiyo is endangered by secrets he can't--or won't--reveal. And as a formidable force rises to also threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon--and risk the ultimate sacrifice...
In this last book of the Dark Swan series, the author pulled out all the stops. Eugenie is forced to go into hiding to protect not only herself but her unborn children. The adventure starts in what for anyone else would be a mundane checkup at her doctor's office. She is accompanied by her sister and Pagiel, the son of Ysabel. Thankfully her son didn't inherit her bitch gene.
The visit with the doctor done, Eugenie, Jasmine and Pagiel noticed the changing weather and the storm that was brewing overhead. As they leave the doctor's office to return to the gate, and return to Otherworld they all feel the magic that is the reason for this storm. Knowing they will probably be attached they prepare as best they can. The attack happens just before they reach the gate and the battle is engaged.
This action filled beginning it only the tip of a very large (think Titanic) iceberg. Eugenie will be on the run all across Otherworld, and the United States. When she finally comes to rest in a safe house chosen by her step father, Eugenie can finally stop and regain some sense of peace (albeit short) and rest up for her final battles.
Having followed our heroine's life from the first book all the way to its conclusion, I have only one vision of it in my mind, the Cyclone in Coney Island. It was the scariest ride ever for me, and that is my vision of Eugenie and family.
FTC Full Disclosure: This book was sent to me by the publishers who only asked for a fair and impartial review.
By Georgia 14 Jan 2012
Bringing The Dark Swan Series to an end this book not only manages to make amends for the rather disappointing third instalment, but is quite the send off. This book is full of action, some very touching moments between the main characters, a few surprises that will probably relieve a lot of fans and of course a challenging ending that will certainly cause a big debate. It is good to see that the main character Eugenie deals with the various trials in her life with maturity, levelheadedness and humour. She is not left without tough choices, but she copes remarkably well. All the other characters have also their moments and a few surprises come from their part too making everything more exciting to read. Even so our heroes set out for another adventure that takes up most of the book and that is well presented, intriguing and quite colourful. Finally this is a well written book, entertaining, fascinating and can be read effortlessly.