CAUTION: Highly Addictive. Read this book. You’ll want more.

Iron Crowned (Dark Swan) by Richelle Mead

War. Mystical quests to leave the gentry shaking in their shining ones boots. Love. Betrayal. Infidelity… and antibiotics? Oh what deliciously intriguing story lines are weaved, yet all in a days work for the Dark Swan. Eugenie Markham is kicking butt and forgetting names in the third thrilling edition of the Dark Swan series Iron Crowned. Nothing much has changed for the Thorn Queen. Katrice aka the Rowan Queen is making life difficult waging war against her and the thorn people. Eug is allied with the Oak King both in bed and on the battle field. But an end to the blood shed could be near with the acquisition of the Iron Crown. And Eug is the probably the only one capable of the task, but she’s going to have to enlist help from some unusual places, namely Kiyo and a ghost with a request of her own.

Surprisingly the Iron Crown is only half of the story. Relationships are heating up as well. Eug’s family life is fractured, but her sisterly bond with Jasmine is on the mend. Eugenie will find herself between her two very opposite leading men Kiyo and Dorian. While both Kiyo and Dorian haven’t changed their personalities seem to have become amplified. Markham can’t help but be pulled in two directions, this world and the other. Eugenie’s quest will strain her relationship with Dorian adding tension to their increasingly difficult alliance. Katrice is making moves that could cost her her kingdom. And Kiyo is nudging Eug to spend more time in the human world. Events will arise to cause him to make the ultimate sacrifice. Eug will have some difficult choices to make. Loyalties and motives will be questioned. Betrayals abundant. And it seems like the only people Eug can truly trust are family. Oh did I mention the cliffhanger at the end? Eugenie will have us all diving over that edge with us screaming for details on the next installment.

Richelle Mead shows there’s more to the literary world than the tried and true standards of vampires and weres. Fairytales can be sexy too. I’m not really into shamans or fairies, but Mead puts her own unique spin on traditional folklore. This series is a real treat. She’s truly built a complex world and characters, while not being shy about the storyline. There is quite a bit happening in Iron Crowned and Mead handles it like the seasoned writer she’s become.

Read this book. You’ll want more.

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4 stars -loved it!

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