Since we last saw half-human/half-fey shaman Eugenie Markham, her life has gotten considerably more complicated. Through the eyes of her reluctant queen, Mead more thoroughly explores the workings of the Otherworld. With not one but two sexy men vying for Eugenie's favor, emotions run high. There's no sophomore slump here for the exceptional Dark Swan series.
Having killed the Thorn King and become the reluctant Thorn Queen, Eugenie must now spend more time in the Otherworld. Because of the prophecy about her own first-born child, Eugenie struggles with the fact that her boyfriend, Kiyo, is awaiting the birth of his child with his former lover. Eugenie also has mixed emotions regarding sexy fae King Dorian.
Young fae girls are disappearing, and Eugenie seems to be the only one determined to find out why. Torn between the human world she knows and the fae world she feels responsible for, Eugenie is at a crossroads — and her path will be more perilous than she ever dreamed. (ZEBRA, Aug., 374 pp., $6.99)