Friday, February 25, 2011

Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead

Dark Swan, Book 3

I've been waiting for this book for what seems forever. Richelle Mead is actually most popular for her Vampire Academy series and I imagine that's why the Dark Swan books get pushed to the back burner. Nonetheless, I haven't actually read any of her Vampire Academy or Georgina Kinkaid books. I was turned onto the Dark Swan series because I found that it was IR. Anywho ...


The last book leaves off at Eugenie about to go into battle. This book picks up in the middle of the battle and the great thing about this book is that Eugenie keeps getting herself caught up in the Otherworld more and more. In this book, Eugenie is sent on a quest to find the Iron Crown. She was told that it would bring a more peaceful end to the war with Katrice, Queen of the Rowan Land, and mother of Lieth, the deceased prince who raped Eugenie in book 2. On this quest, she finds out how powerful she is and finds out exactly what that crown can do. Also in the book, she and Dorian are at odds, Jasmine is growing into more of a sister and now Eugenie is trying to keep from being killed by someone we know and love. Also, a ghost ... Yes a ghost, seeks her out for help with her murder in exchange to show her the place of the crown.

The ghost, Deanna, seems a little forced. I almost feel like there could have been a more relevant way to get Eugenie the information she needed, but then again, the same ghost warns her that someone wants her dead. I'm on the fence with it because the ghost was just SO out of place ... Meh ...

If I have to put this book up against her first two, I don't really feel like this book compares. It's good, but not as good. I'm not disappointed at all, but would have liked for it to be a bit more exciting. Still, this series is a favorite of mine and book 4 is going to be GREAT.

3.5 Stars
IR: Kiyo (NA/Mex)

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