Reader Review: I'm a huge fan of this series as well as Richelle Mead's Succubus books. I was really looking forward to reading the last of the series but the ending makes me feel angry and betrayed. The story starts out strong. It continues on from the previous book and with Eugenie pregnant and gentry trying to kill her. However, the next part of the book just meanders as she deals with the pregnancy. The story picks up again when she goes back to the Otherworld to deal with the blight . This was a strong portion of the book. Then, the last 10 to 15 percent of the book just ruins everything. We find out several shocking things that are completely out of the blue and which make no sense. The book ends with no real closure and Eugenie living a lie. SPOILERS BELOW: When I found out that Dorian was the father of the children I was so happy I nearly screamed. I had to sop reading for awhile just to compose myself. However my huge grin slowly begin to fade when I realized that Eugenie NEVER planned on telling him! Seriously! A child is all he has ever wanted, how can she ever say she supposedly loves him when she keeps this big of a secret! What kind of mother could let her children be raised away from her when there is no longer any danger! How could Eugenie the hypocrite go on about establishing trust with Dorian when she plans on lying to him about the most important thing in his life for 18 years! How could Richelle Mead do this to us, her faithful readers. I've never doubted her, never believed she wouldn't make up for everything in the end. But she let me down this time, and I don't know if I could ever view her work the same. This is the ending to the series and Eugenie and her poor decision-making were not worth my time. The decisions she makes at the end are the most poorly thought out decisions and unforgivable. Additionally, several of the things that happen at the end seem contrived and just meant to help wrap things up. AND, after she makes a horrible decision at the end, she then implies "well, I plan on handling it this way but Dorian may change my mind". WHAT KIND OF ENDING IS THIS???? I am giving this 3 stars mainly for the 1st and 3rd parts of the book which take place in the Otherworld. The second part dealing with her pregnancy was a distraction and the 4th part wrapping things up after the blight was just bad.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Richelle Mead returns to the Otherworld, a mystic land inextricably linked to our own--and balanced precariously on one woman's desperate courage . . .
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. . .
Praise for Richelle Mead's Storm Born. . .
"My kind of book--great characters, dark worlds, and just the right touch of humor. A great read." --Patricia Briggs, New York Times Bestselling Author
Share your thoughts on the Shadow Heir: A Dark Swan Novel#4 eBook with others!
|Title of eBook: Shadow Heir: A Dark Swan Novel#4||Series: Dark Swan, , #4|
|Release Date: 12-27-2011|
|Allowed Countries (hover)|
|Publisher: Zebra||Store Sales Rank: 11855|
This eBook download is available in the following formats:
|Parent title||Shadow Heir: A Dark...|
|Devices||Samsung Tablet, Apple Ipad & Iphone, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo eReader, Aluratek Libre, Iliad, Nokia, Blackberry, Hanlin|
|Note||ePub, short for electronic publication is one of our favorites and should be yours for a couple of reasons. ePub offers reflowable text giving you flexibility to manipulate how the content is presented. Moreover, lots of cool features are now being developed for the reader like advanced video and audio. ePub is now an industry standard, so all of the "non-propreitary" hardware manufacturers are now supporting it.|
Shadow Heir: A Dark Swan Novel#4
Chapter OneI'm sure Ohio's a perfectly nice place, once you get to know it. For me, right now, it was akin to one of the inner circles of Hell.
"How," I demanded, "can the air possibly contain this much moisture? It's like going swimming."
My sister, walking beside me in the late-afternoon sun, grinned. "Use your magic to push it off you."
"Too much work. It just keeps coming back," I grumbled. Jasmine, like me, had been raised in the dry heat of Arizona, so I couldn't understand why she didn't have the same revulsion I did to the monsoon conditions of high summer in the Midwest. We both wielded weather magic, but hers was focused primarily on water, so maybe that explained her blasé attitude. Maybe it was just the resilience of youth, seeing as she was about ten years younger than me. Or maybe, just maybe, it was because she wasn't nearly five months pregnant and hauling around an extra ten pounds or so of offspring who seemed intent on overheating me, sucking my resources, and pretty much slowing down every goddamned thing I did.
It was also possible hormones were making me a little irritable.
"We're almost there," said a polite voice on the other side of me. That was Pagiel. He was the son of Ysabel, one of the bitchiest gentry women I knew—and she didn't even have excess hormones as an excuse. Pagiel hadn't inherited his mother's personality, thankfully, and possessed a knack for crossing between the Otherworld and the human world that rivaled mine and Jasmine's. He was roughly the same age as her, and the fact that I had to have a teenage escort to get me to my doctor's appoint...
Title: Shadow Heir: A Dark Swan Novel#4 February 1, 2012 Shadow Hair is the last book in this thrilling series which follows the journeys of Eugenie. In this final book Eugenie must deal with her pregnancy of twins, Kiyo and the Willow Queen’s determination to kill Eugenie’s them and some serious trouble in the otherworld. This book is a great book and i recommend it to anyone.
Average Customer Review:
Number of Comments: 6 Rating(s) 5 Review(s)
Reviewer: A reader from Australia
February 1, 2012
Shadow Hair is the last book in this thrilling series which follows the journeys of Eugenie. In this final book Eugenie must deal with her pregnancy of twins, Kiyo and the Willow Queen’s determination to kill Eugenie’s them and some serious trouble in the otherworld. This book is a great book and i recommend it to anyone.
Not worth it.
January 23, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from USA
I dont want to give too much away. But if you have been a fan of the series for a while, you might be surprised by the ending.I recommend sticking to the first three books in the series and leaving it as that.
Shadow Heir: A Dark Swan Novel #4
January 21, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from CAPITAL FEDERAL, BUENOS AIRES ARG
This book is great for people who love a kickass female heroin and dark worlds. I found it very easy and fast paced but I have to say, mostly at the end, the choices were very poor and I think the author just tried to finish the book and wrap thing up.
A Disappointing Conclusion
January 8, 2012
Reviewer: A reader from MI, USA
After thoroughly enjoying the previous three books in the Dark Swan series, I had high hopes for this book. I was quite disappointed. The plot felt choppy, with much of it not relating to the main story arc set forth in the previous stories. I wasn't pleased with a number of decisions that Eugenie made, especially the one at the end involving her children. The ending also features quite a cliffhanger, which annoys me to no end considering it is the last book in the series.
Write a review »
Earn rewards points!