Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land’s queen, she’s fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear…
Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown’s ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation--one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril…"
Now, as I've said before. I love the Dark Swan Series. It's unique and interesting and I really never know what's going to happen next. This is the third book in the series and Eugenie just keeps getting deeper and deeper into the world of the Gentry (as the Fairy people are called in this book).
There is lots of action in this book and Eugenie is finding it more and more difficult to embrace her human side as she becomes more and more involved with the Otherworld.
Much of this book focuses on the relationships in Eugenie's life. Her relationships with her mother and step-father Roland come into play and with her half-sister Jasmine. Naturally a good part of this book has to do with the relationships with the two men in her life, Dorian and Kiyo.
I'll admit to a bias. No matter how much of a jerk Dorian can be (and he can be!) I've always been Team Dorian. both men lie, but Dorian is more honest about the fact that he will lie. Kiyo acts noble, but his nobility is never in Eugenie's favour. Eugenie is the Daughter of The Storm King and expected to give birth to the man who will take over the human world. They are just too different and hence my pro-Dorian (or possibly it's more of an anti-Kiyo) stance.
I was sometimes frustrated with the characters in Iron Crowned. One of the things I love about this series is that the characters are very true to themselves but at the same time, after three books I can't help but get mad at them for some of the choices they make. (I have to be vague since almost the whole plot of Iron Crowned is a spoiler.
If you haven't read The Dark Swan Series, it really must be read in order. the first book is Storm Born
"Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.
Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her..."
Rating for Iron Crowned
4 out of 5
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