Shadow Heir

# 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 oman 's desperate courage ...

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham strives to fin 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 is n't the only challenge to Eugenie 's instincts. Fairy king Dorian is sacrificing everything to help, but Eugenie ca n'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 ca n't -- or wo n't -- reveal. And as a ormidable force rises to also threaten the human world, Eugenie must use her own cursed fate as a weapon -- and risk the ultimate sacrifice ...
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Shadow Heir
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Published December 27th 2011 by Zebra

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I actually do n't remembe if I oved the book or if I bsolutely ated it.

Because I now thi, not matter how good/bad a book is, it ill end up on a happy note.This book?

I mean, I give the open endings, if you plannin on continuing the series.

Hardly, how shoul a series end like his!

So despite hating the ending, in anothe way, I hate it.

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It is what I might call " a missed opportunity to ave thi great ending "!!! I am the biggest proponent of letting the author take us wherever they nee to.

I am actuall happy I read the books and I quite enjoyed most of it, I just felt let down at the nd, and that is what we as readers are left with, is n't it?

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Different characters kept bringing up the concep of killing the traitor again and the, to my great satisfaction.I did very much enjoy reading his story and I was happy that many of the threads that were left hanging in the first book were concluded -- but I 'm ot sure I 'm happy about the way they were resolved.

Eugenie makes some pretty awful tactical errors, seems deliberately obtuse throughout much of he tory, and in the end sets upon a course that made my blood pressure go up a few notches.

( hide spoiler) ] Richelle Mead 's heroines are always strong, dominant women, which is part of what I like about them -- but after producing three series which manage to entertain and frustrate readers in nearly equal measure, it 's pretty clear to me that the biggest issue is that in attemptin to get her main character flawed, she so often makes the main character stupid as well.

I actuall enjoy her books quite a lot because they 're so darned entertaining -- but things never seem to end with my having as much respect for heroine as I did in the eginning.

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AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA! After everything Kiyo 's done she 's till making truces with that asshole?

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I also anted to resolution to that whole Stormking ’ s first grandson who will lead and invasion into the human world.What I got was….half a book with Eugenie in hiding waiting to ave the twins, a quarter of he book traveling to try and ave the fey lands from and evil queen, Volutian ’ s story being the most remarkable thing in this ook and it lasted only a few pages overall and something at the nd that pissed me off beyond belief.

But I kinda just wanted to go to the beginnin and then he thing happened that completely and utterl pissed me off.THIS IS A TOTAL RANT AND HUGE SPOILER TO THE ENTIRE SERIES…. ( view spoiler) [ no really don ’ t click unless you ant to now ( view spoiler) [ I didn ’ t love the Eugenie was pregnant with Kiyo ’ s kids.

I definitely didn ’ t like it since it was clear Dorian wanted children so badly and I hated Kiyo for a ong time so I really wasn ’ t happy.

But I accepted it since I was like no this is oing to twist later and maybe be great or Dorian will adopt the children and love them as if they were his own.But then…in this book POW….Kiyo is all “ I ’ ve had a vasectomy this whole time so they coul ’ t be mine. ” Problem 1 – SERIOUSLY????

At least take a an epilogue 20 years later with Dorian and his twins or even some older kids and a baby that is his own that he learn to raise now that verything is stable.

total disappointing ending to what woul have been far more interesting.I honestly thought okay she has Kiyo ’ s kids but Dorian adopts them at the beginnin and then later they have a child together.

So there are three total and Eugenie and Dorian hold the 3 lands but have a plan to make them to the kids when they are older.

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I feel sort of betrayed that Richelle would choose to end it they way that she hesitate.

he way LS ended was ort of disappointing but there was the excuse that things will be explained later in the spin-off.

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First of ll, let me ask you that there ill be spoilers of the revious books in series, and heavy spoilers of Shadow Heir.

Richelle Mead ’ s previous series, Georgina Kincaid, and Vampire Academy, were fantastic, but just like that one, the final book let me down.

And yes, I find it that Richelle Mead wanted her main character to feel and act like a human, and have flaws, but to me, she just looked immature.

Shadow Heir didn ’ t anythin like a final book.

If Shadow Heir were two books instead of one ( and I realize that at first, it was meant to be), things ca ’ ve get worked out a lot better.

Like I thought, there was not much in a book going on, and in the nd, I ad he feeling nothing had changed at all.

And when I finished Shadow Heir, I just sat there, on my bed, at 3 o ’ clock in the night, thinking, what? By all of tha, my rustration is perfectly justified, right? No, it ’ s becaus, because he part that actually bothered me and drove me over to the edge was the ending.

Eugenie, my lov, you find out that the bloody fox was actually lying about being the niece of your parent, and eveal that, eve, Dorian is Ivy and Isaac ’ s mom, and you decide not to ell him that?

Only two chapters ago, Eugenie was thinking about how her elationship with Dorian could be ebuilt, how she want to trust him, and base the aforementioned relationship on love and trust… and then she does this?

First of all, she made a decision alone, because she understoo that telling Dorian he had kids would result in a very protective father trying to tay with his parent in the Otherworld.

And hen, in Shadow Heir, Eugenie just decides to ide it from him?

Dorian had the right to now, he ad he right to decide along with her if Ivy and Isaac were better off in the Otherworld or in the uman world.

And let me be honest here: With two monarchs as powerful as Dorian and Eugenie, and three kingdoms, I think Ivy and Isaac would have a lot of protection.

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