Review: Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

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Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

4 Stars

Shadow Heir picks up a few months after the ending of Iron Crowned. I was relieved to see that pregnancy hadn’t changed Eugenie’s sarcastic personality.

One of my biggest issues with Eugenie from past books is how she goes back and forth between Kiyo and Dorian. She fights and breaks up with Kiyo and goes to Dorian. She fights and breaks up with Dorian and goes to Kiyo. I wanted her to make up her mind! Or at least not go between the two so easily. Thankfully, after Kiyo’s reaction at the end of Iron Crowned, we no longer have to worry about him being a love interest…but my biggest concern was, would Dorian and Eugenie ever work things out and finally be together for good?

There were so many things that happened in this book. I thought the book would mostly center on Eugenie’s pregnancy and children, and a lot of it did, but there was also a last big quest; one that involves having to work with certain enemies. It always amazes me how many new elements and characters Richelle Mead can put into one book and not make it seem like anything important was left out.

I always love to read about Dorian, because…well, because he’s Dorian! He’s sexy, charming, deadly, and there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for Eugenie. The problem has always been whether Dorian loves Eugenie or his ambition more. I, for one, have always believed in Dorian, and in this book, he proves to be everything I knew he was and more. I also hate Kiyo with the same passion I love Dorian. The more Kiyo tries to be “reasonable” or a team-player (for the greater good, and all that jazz), the more I wanted to kick his ass. Him and Meiwenn both!! Oh, how I hate her too!!

Richelle Mead also throws some huge curveballs that I certainly did not see coming! HUGE! You may think you know how this will all play out, but let me tell you…I was not prepared. And let me also tell you that right after finishing the last paragraph, I threw the book across the room. I was SO upset! It took me a few minutes of fuming over it, some venting on Twitter, and a reread of the last two chapters after I’d calmed down, to finally appreciate the ending. I wish this one thing would have been different, but I understand why Eugenie does it.

The ending is the definition of bittersweet. I am really sad that it has come to an end. Though Richelle Mead leaves it open-ended enough for us to imagine the future of these characters, however ideal we wish to make that future, and I know in my mind everyone lives happily ever after together.

Also! I wouldn’t be opposed to a spin-off YA series featuring the twins…just saying. :)

Book Info

Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead
Series: Dark Swan #4
Published by Zebra
Pub Date: December 27th 2011
Pages: 390
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: AdultRomanceUrban Fantasy
Buy the book! | Goodreads

#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.

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

9 Responses to “Review: Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead”

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    AwesomSauce Book Clu

    I also just posted my review and the last chapter or like you said few paragraphs totally made me so mad. I need some more on this issue. I just  do not feel like I have any closure.

    Great Review! :)

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    Danielle West

    I am feeling a little sick about this book… I also am rooting for Dorian to step up and for Eugenie to stop the back and forth. But if anybody knows how to do bittersweet endings and get a reader to throw a book at the wall, it is Richelle Mead. So nervous for this series finale.

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    Erin W.

    Great review. I’ve always been on Team Dorian. He’s the only character who really cares for Eugenie, despite his ambitions. Glad to see he plays a bigger part in this book. But I hope for some closure . . . .so I can’t wait to read this book! <3

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    OMG! I want to read it now! Your review literally killed me now! Especially since you threw it against the wall!! Can’t wait til the end of the month!

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    I haven’t read this series (so I probably shouldn’t have read the review *lol* Now I know she’s pregnant…) But I adore Richelle Mead, I ove how she doesn’t throw twists in just to throw them. She’s quick and to the point, and you never expect what happens. I’m adding this series to my TBR list.

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