Iron Crowned : Dark Swan 3, Paperback Book
2 out of 5 (4 ratings)


An embattled realm mystically entwined with our own, the Otherworld is at the mercy of one woman...

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 fear... But who can she trust to help her? Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her.

To control the Crown's all-consuming powers, Eugenie must confront an unimaginable temptation - one which puts her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal danger...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780553826104

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There will be spoilers. I'm not a good reviewer so I can't be discreet so be warned.I was basically onboard with this series right up until this book. I'm a great fan of Mead and I love her other two series Vampire Academy and Georgina Kincaid so when I say this book ruined it for me you have to understand that it's not because I don't like this genre or author.Eugenie is basically the most unlikable slut I've ever seen. It went from Kiyo to Dorian then back to Kiyo which was fine. Ok female sexual freedom is great even if she does seem to be into some seriously kinky stuff. However I completely lost it when she went back to Dorian for the second time immediately after Kiyo suddenly turns into a homicidal lunatic.The twist with Kiyo was completely absurd and I honestly think Richelle Mead just wrote herself into a corner and panicked. Kiyo is a father. He is the single least likely person to go axe crazy yet you decide to go with that? Surely Dorian declaring war so he can get the kids is more likely than this. Basically anything would have been.In closing, I am putting this series at the bottom of my reading list as I just can't see how this is going to end in any way that doesn't make me angry so it will have to wait until the day I have absolutely nothing better to read or do. I hope that day never comes.

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Ridiculously predictable. <br/><spoiler> When I read that Eugenie needed to take antibiotics after being injured in a scenario that I can't believe would be in any way dangerous to her given the things she has faced in the past, it was obvious she was going to get pregnant. What kind of idiot, who believes that the fate of humanity lies on the contraceptive powers of her birth control pills (dude, get sterilized if you don't want a baby that bad), doesn't realize that antibiotics affect the pill? It was like a bad teen movie from 1986. Then, of course, she discovers she's having twins, and decides she will abort them if female, or keep them if male. What do you know, it's one of each, and her doctor is apparently unaware that you can abort one fetus and keep the other. Or is it just that, with the fate of the world apparently resting on her unborn son's shoulders, Eugenie doesn't want the doctor to think she's having a sex selective abortion. </spoiler><br/>I'm not sure I can handle reading the next book; the laziness of the plotting made me mad, but I do want to see what happens in the end.

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Typically, I really like Richelle Mead's books. This series should be way up there on my list of favorites, but there's something missing, and I think it's the relationship angle. I love the world of faerie and Eugenie's place in it, how she is fighting to be human but keeps getting drawn back to her kingdom, and how she wants to fight the prophecy about her. I'm no prude, but all the sex wears thin, and I think a lot less of Eugenie for changing her mind about who she's with all the time. Typically, I understand the allure of both options in a love triangle, but neither choice for Eugenie is ideal, so I think less of her and the men she is choosing between. The book ends strong--the final two chapters are more like what I expected from the whole book. Because of that, I will read the next one. But I might not be too concerned with getting it the day it's released.

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Iron Crowned
3 Stars

Rather than rehash all of the points mentioned in review after review, suffice it to say that Iron Crowned has its ups and its downs.

Let’s start with the positives. The overall story arc and world building make for entertaining reading and the specific storyline revolving around Eugenie and Dorian’s ongoing conflict with Katrice and the quest for the Iron Crown have tremendous potential. Moreover, the last few chapters of the book are action-packed with several compelling twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat.

Unfortunately, none of this succeeds in compensating for the negatives in the book. First and foremost, Eugenie has overtaken MacKayla Lane of Fever fame as the most unlikable of all UF heroines. Yes, Mac is an annoyingly vain and insipid twit, but this can be forgiven as she is a fundamentally good and caring person. The same cannot be said for Eugenie whose fickle, selfish, condescending and hypocritical nature make it virtually impossible to care about her one way or the other! This is only compounded by her cheating and betrayal of Dorian for which there is absolutely no justification.

The love triangle is also becoming utterly ridiculous and the sex scenes are excessive. Kiyo has to be the most odious almost-hero to grace the pages of a book and it is completely incomprehensible to me that Eugenie would give him the time of day let alone have revenge sex with him. Hopefully, she has seen the light now that he has become completely rabid and willing to kill two innocent babies, but I’m not holding my breath.

Roland and Eugenie’s mother are not much better. The former basically disowns the step-daughter he claims to love because she does not live up to his exacting expectations while the later chooses her husband over her daughter - how lovely! Tim's Indian act is also starting get on my nerves as it is actually racist and insulting to Native Americans.

The only two redeeming characters are Jasmine and Dorian. It turns out that despite her obnoxious teen act, Jasmine is a loyal and dependable sister to Eugenie (not that this is at all deserved) and I ended up liking her quite a bit. Dorian continues with his Machiavellian ways, but that is not unexpected, and he is also completely charming and loves Eugenie unconditionally not that she deserves it. In fact, he is far too good for her.

So, it turns out that I rehashed some points after all but they are simply too aggravating to ignore. Thankfully, the next book is the last and I can only hope that Mead manages to salvage something from Eugenie’s character.