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Publisher's Summary

Number-one New York Times best-selling 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.
©2012 Richelle Mead (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 01-20-12

Series Ended : (

Do to all the negative reviews I read - I was almost dreading this book. But how do you not finish a series?? So now I can say having finished it - that I'm definitely glad I did! Was I thrilled with everything "No" - however, I am never 100% happy with all books, especially with so many complicated issues as this series deals with.

I do not want to comment too directly on the story and ruin it for anyone reading this comment, but I do have to agree with many of the reviews that Kiyo is someone I would truly love to throttle if given half a chance,

As for the open ending - not usually a fan, but I KNOW how I want the characters to end - so for me I can accept it.

Definitely worth listening to....

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Cerina on 01-08-12

Last book in series..Last Mead book I will read...

I was excited and a bit sad about reading the last book in the Black Swan series. I had fallen in love with Eugenie and Dorian, I wanted it go on forever, but sadly it ended..

The ending is the reason I will no longer read Richelle Mead's books. I have no idea when Eugenie became such a wimp, or when she started letting others take care of her responsibilities. The book has moments where it could have turned into the most amazing one of the series, sadly Ms. Mead didn't deliver.

I know every writer is free to write whatever they would like, Eugenie was a product of Ms. Read's imagination and she is a wonderful writer. I wanted to be happy with her creative direction with the book, but all I could say was, "WHAT THE HELL"!!!

There are some books that you feel OK with the author leaving the ending to your imagination.. sadly this was not one of those books, or the type of series for it.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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