Book: Thorn Queen [Dark Swan #2]
Author: Richelle Mead
Review: Eugenie is now a shaman for hire in the human world and Thorn Queen in the Otherworld. Although she is a reluctant queen, her kingdom needs her help when she inadvertently turns the landscape from lush countryside to the desert. Her people don't know to cultivate the land and Eugenie has to figure out a way to help. Meanwhile, her love life is complicated. Her boyfriend Kiyo is preoccupied by his pregnant ex-girlfriend (a queen in the Otherworld) and King Dorian makes it known he would like to take his relationship with Eugenie to the next level. On top of this, young gentry girls are disappearing and Eugenie tries to figure out what happened to them. She struggles to maintain her kingdom, embrace her powers and retain her humanity.
This book wasn't as strong as Storm Born but I still enjoyed it. I was disappointed in the continued relationship between Eugenie and Kiyo. Let me rant about Kiyo for a minute. **spoiler alert** He lied to her from the beginning, claims his relationship with his ex is ancient history and they are just friends (but she is newly pregnant...so they were together at least a few months ago) and he expects Eugenie to just accept the ex and be friends with her. Hmm...I would be demanding more answers from him. Kiyo does not understand nor accept Eugenie's true nature and just seems like a total ass. King Dorian on the other hand...I cannot say enough good things. Yes, he has an agenda, but when Eugenie asks him, he generally tells her the truth. He accepts her for what she is and would be happy with her as a Queen or as a shaman. He just loves "her." He would even give up having kids (his lifelong dream) for her. This is really a no brainer and so frustrating to read. On the mystery front, I think Mead could have put that more front and center but I enjoyed it.