Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead (Kindle Edition) – Read January 20, 2012
Cost: $4.99 (As of This Post)
Official Description: (This is book 4 of the Dark Swan Series) 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. . .
Quote: “Mistress, I have never asked anything of you in my servitude. But now, I beg you this: do not make me keep passing these adolescent sentiments back and forth all night.” – Volusion
My Take: I will attempt to make this spoiler free, but WTH is with that freakin ending? This is the second series I’ve finished of Richelle Mead’s the first being the Georgina Kincaid series, this woman does not know how to end her series’. I mean COME ON! Ok, I’m done I think.
Eugenie is knocked up with Kiyo babies and running for her life, with an ever lovely Dorian protecting her, much to Eugenie’s chagrin. And frankly I don’t know how Eug has survived this long, I mean she makes some really dumb decisions, but I’m so drawn to this story I just keep coming back for more. I actually preferred this series to the Succubus series, but now I think I don’t because of the blasted ending. Should you read this, well if you’ve read the other 3 then yeah how can you not, I love this world, I have loved Dorian’s character from the get go, and also I’m a fan of Volusion and all his wickedness. That’s one thing you’ll get in this story, some answers about Volusion, which is cool. I hope that Ms. Mead changes her mind and writes another book to fix the ending she broke, but I will just pretend that certain things didn’t happen. I did buy the comic books so maybe I can go back and enjoy this series again, ‘ya know before this ending. (Sorry for the redundancy, but read it and you’ll get to the last page and say, “REALLY!! REALLY!! WTF!)