2011 is not the only thing coming to an end. Readers also must say goodbye to Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series. The final book, Shadow Heir, an RT Top Pick! is releasing today. So to celebrate the finale of this fantastic series, we are giving away a complete set. Why’s that? Because this fast-paced, urban fantasy quartet was a winner from book one.
2008’s Storm Born was nominated for that year’s Reviewers’ Choice Award. The novel opened the door into the Otherworld and introduced us to Eugenie Markham, a shaman and butt-kicking force of good. Little does she know that she’s actually part fae, the daughter of the powerful Storm King and her life is about to change — drastically. Over the next three books we get a chance to see how Eugenie copes with the challenges of becoming an Otherworld ruler and tries to balance her professional life with her personal challenges, such as choosing between two very sexy Otherworld suitors — a spirit fox named Kiyo and the fae King Dorian — and finding a way to avert a prophecy about her unborn child. And through the whole series, Eugenie continues her work of making the (Other)world a better place. In Thorn Queen she must get to the bottom of a string of fae disappearances. 2010’s Iron Crowned finds her tracking down a mystical artifact that may be able to create peace across the land. And finally in Shadow Heir our heroine must figure out a way to stop the complete destruction of the Otherworld.
All together that equals four high-energy adventures (one published each year, thank you Ms. Mead!) which each rated 4 ½ stars or above. In summary, think RT’s Senior Reviewer Jill M. Smith says it best, “Over the course of this tumultuous series, Mead has taken her gutsy heroine on one amazing and truly treacherous journey, all culminating in this unforgettable finale. As storytellers go, they don’t get better than Mead!”
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GIVEAWAY ALERT: One lucky reader will win the entire Dark Swan series from Richelle Mead. To enter, tell us what your first thought would be if you found out you were part fae! Leave your comment below or email it here, along with your U.S. mailing address, with the subject line “Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan Series Giveaway.” Contest open to U.S. residents only, winner will be announced on January 10.
You can check out excerpts of the four books here, pick up your own set of the series (or just today's release, Shadow Heir, if you've been reading the books all along) and of course, try your luck for a chance to win the complete series. For more genre news and coverage head over to our Everything Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Page.