I am not going into details so I won’t spoil the ending of Storm Queen, but the follow-up I think surpassed the first novel. There was a lot of inner struggling with Eugenie, which was frustrating. I wanted to just shake her and say…”c’mon I’d kill for this to happen to me, stop whining!” But her struggles are what make her and they shape her into the character she becomes.
This book was much darker than the first, but the depth and expansion on the characters makes the darkness welcome. Its almost like that bad mistake you made…that you realize shaped you into the person you are today. The series is that well thought out and once you get on that train ride with Eugenie you will not want to get off. I’m holding my breath in anticipation of the third (ack…2010!) if it is anything like the first two and it goes into the events of what have been foreshadowed…it should be great. Bring it on, I can’t wait!
The short version of my thoughts on 'Thorn Queen' is easy: Now this is more like it! Richelle Mead's biggest strength as a writer is in creating fun, engaging characters that grow and change over time. She does it well with Rose and Lissa in the Vampire Academy series and even better with Georgina Kincaid, Seattle's most interesting succubus. These stories stand out from the crowd in the world of urban fantasy fiction because of the well-drawn characters … more
"Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire, paid to bind and banish creatures from the Otherworld. But after her last battle, she's also become queen of the Thorn Land. It's hardly an enviable life, not with her kingdom in tatters, her love life in chaos, and Eugenie eager to avoid the prophecy about her firstborn destroying mankind. And now young girls are disappearing from the Otherworld, and no one--except Eugenie--seems willing to find out why. Eugenie has spilled plenty of fey blood in her time, but this enemy is shrewd, subtle, and nursing a very personal grudge. And the men in her life aren't making things any easier. Her boyfriend Kiyo is preoccupied with his pregnant ex, and sexy fey king Dorian always poses a dangerous distraction. With or without their help, Eugenie must venture deep into the Otherworld and trust in an unpredictable power she can barely control. Reluctant queen or not, Eugenie has sworn to do her duty--even if it means facing the darkest--and deadliest--side of her nature..."--P.  of cover.