Series: Dark Swan (Book #4) Published: February 2nd 2012 by Bantam Books
Pages: 390 Rating: 5 stars Age Recommendation: 16+ due to graphic content
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...
I was really excited when I finally got this book in the mail, because the company that I ordered it from lost my pre order so they had to order it again. But when I finally got this book I tore open the package and started reading it there and then and did stop until I was finished and I completely forgot about the book I was currently reading.
The plot. I had to admit when I first started reading the book I was a bit worried because I thought that the start of the book was a bit slow and I couldn't really figure out where the plot was heading. But when I got to about the 100th page things started to really pick and the plot just kept getting more exciting with each and every page, but then you get to the last 50 pages of the book and then you realise that all the amazingness (if that is even a word) of the storyline in the book was nothing compared to this. Everything happened in those last 50 pages and I really didn't want it to end, I thought that it was a great way to end the series even though I wish that there were a lot more books in this series to come.
The characters. I loved the characters in this book, I've found that Richelle Mead always has a knack for writting characters and this series is no exception. I found with every book in this series that I have come to love the characters more. In this book I love how we got to see Eugenie change and become more practical in her thinking instead of just jumping into things like she is so prone to doing, because she had big decisions to make in this book and as always I loved the charcter of Dorian, he always makes me smile with his witty comments and his charm. Another character that I found myself really likeing in this book was Jasmine, I thought that she showed a lot of maturity in this book and I also loved how Eugenie and her relationship developed over the course of the book.
Overall I thought that this book was amazing and a great way to end this really amazing series, even though I am sad to see it end and I wish that I was going to get to read more about Eugenie, Dorian and everyone else in the series and this would definitley have to be the best book I have read so far this year.