Shadow Heir (Early Review)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Shadow HeirShadow Heir (Dark Swan #4)


 Review by Amber I. and Amber R.

#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.

Oh how to write a review for this book without giving anything away. I will try my bestest! 

I have so many mixed emotions about this book. Its the final book in the series, and I don't have closure. Eugeneie has always made iffy choices to me. I've always loved her kick ass attitude but always felt the way she dealt with her love life was  disastrous. Now that she is pregnant with twins and eventually does give birth in this book you would think she would grow up and learn. I guess in some ways she does but not completely. She preaches to Dorian about trust and honesty but this book ends with her being completely dishonest!

Shadow Heir still has everything we love in the Dark Swan series. There are some major problems in the fairy world, and Eugenie, Dorian, Kiyo, Jasmine and a few others set off to face the problems and right the wrongs. Its a dangerous journey but Dorian's awesome attitude and the fact that everyone keeps saying how much they want to kill Kiyo keep it entertaining! We spend a lot of time in the human world too where Eugenie is hiding out with some of Rolands friends for the twins sake.

Some of my Favorite things

  • We learn what made Volusian, well Volusian and to me see him in a completely different way.
  • Dorian renaming (well only to him) Eugenies son to a name he thinks is better.
  • Seeing what happened with Tim since Eugenie left
  • Jasmine, Rurik and Paigel all really grew on me. These were 3 of my favorites in this book.
  • There are still lots of surprises.
  • Confirming Maiwenn is a total bitch!! 
  • And every single moment Dorian is there. Seriously I am so in love with him!

I am still not sure how I feel. Richelle threw us some crazy plot twists even made things happen I was so hoping for but then she even twisted that to were I was just not happy.  The very last part of the book left me baffled and not in a good way. Eugenie is still her old self and making decisions I don't like. I don't think we are left with closure and left with lots of questions. We came so close to an amazing ending to have it taken away in the last chapter. Hopefully that means there will be more books ( I know this is suppose to be the last one, but I need to hold on to hope that its not. give me my moment.)

I've been ruminating over this book for days. I still don't know if this is going to be a good review. If it is awful, I'm apologizing up front. 

This is one of my favorite series. I love Eugenie, I love Dorian. I love the story. I love all of the twists and turns we've seen leading up to this book. It's been a long journey and this is the final book. I have to be completely honest here. It's hard for me because these books are personal for me. It was one of the first Richelle Mead series that I really loved and I just felt so much love for this story and these characters. 

I've never been a huge fan of the decisions that Eugenie made regarding any of her romantic relationships. I think she jumped to conclusions too soon with Dorian without ever really trying to find out what his true intentions were. I think the main reason Eugenie never wants to trust Dorian is because he's a faerie, which doesn't really make sense because she's half. I know she grew up in the human world but there comes a point where you just accept things for what they are. I think she trusted and jumped back to Kiyo too soon even though he was not very nice to her. Eugenie always goes on and on about Dorian being completely honest with her but she never returns the favor to him. This is a big part of this book, Eugenie wanting Dorian to be truthful to her but her not always doing the same for him. She is a lot better in this book but it's still there. 

Obviously in this book Eugenie is trying to protect the twins from Maiwenn and Kiyo. Which is a big part of the book but there are a few things that happen that are equally big, if not bigger. There are a lot of unexpected things that happen that I really liked. The majority of this book, I loved. I'm not going to lie though, I absolutely hated the ending. There is one major thing that happens that almost ruins the whole book for me. 

I'm with Amber though, I really like seeing Jasmine, Rurik, and Pagiel in this book. They all were great characters and I loved seeing them develop, especially Jasmine. I loved, loved knowing about Volusian's past. That was a great part of this book. There were a lot of really funny things that happened. Dorian is his usual delightful, upbeat, positive self. Everyone wants to kill Kiyo, which I don't think is a bad idea. Maiwenn absolutely proves how much of an evil bitch she is. 

I really don't think that the ending leaves us with any closure. It's so sad though because it's literally the last chapter that ruins it for me. Up until that point, I am loving everything that happens. I just can't understand why the series had to end the way that it did. I think I'm too emotionally involved. I can't wait for everyone else to read it so we can get some fresh perspective. Amber and I agree on this book, we're too much alike. I need some new points of view about this book.


  1. Man ladies now I am all confused I hate dangling endings! I hope there is a spinoff! Richelle Mead is such a fabulous writer.

  2. She is. And I really need there to be another book.

  3. Oh man! Now 3 reviews are saying the ending ruined the book for them! I'm scared now, yet still anxious to see what this ending is all about! I will so be making sure I'm in need of a book that Tuesday! Will clear my reading schedule for it! I am still super excited to read this since reviews are pouring in!

  4. I have not read this series, but I was struck by how much seems to be going on in this book by reading the synopsis. It looks dizzying- no wonder you didn't have closure. (-;

    Thanks for the reviews!

  5. Wow, you find the most incredibly interesting reads! My wishlist grows every time I stop by. Thanks so much for turning me on to what sounds like another great read!

  6. Haven't heard of this series before. I should definitely check it out :)

  7. Can I just say how horrified I am that I just read you said that this is the last book? The ending of this book was one of the worst in a book series then. I feel like I just spent all those seasons of lost watching and waiting-- only to be kicked in the teeth. That's how I feel. My teeth feel like they are missing :|

  8. It was a horrible way to end a series. There is no closure at all!!

  9. I just assumed the way it ended there would be another book. WOW! I am mad lol!

  10. I was really mad about this being the ending. It was bull shit. That is not how you end a series!! Not at all!!


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