Shadow Heir

Shadow Heir

by Richelle Mead

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#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. . .

Praise for Richelle Mead's Storm Born. . .

"My kind of book--great characters, dark worlds, and just the right touch of humor. A great read."
—Patricia Briggs, New York Times Bestselling Author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420127881
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Series: Dark Swan Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 147,624
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of fantasy books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid series follows a reluctant succubus, while her Dark Swan series features a shamanic mercenary caught up in fairy affairs. Over on the young adult side, Richelle writes the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans.

Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as transformed into graphic novels. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. More at:

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Shadow Heir 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 245 reviews.
KrisES More than 1 year ago
I've liked the series up until the last book. I honestly can't believe that Mead is leaving us with that as the "end"...What end??? Way too many questions at the end for my liking. I mean I don't know about other readers, but when I think of the last book in a series I think of closure. This book provided anything but. I seriously could've given this book a better rating like 4 or 5, ignoring some of the annoying character traits that wound up getting portrayed by the character in this book. I just kept reading hoping that things would be resolved or at least more solid in certain aspects, only to realize that I was at the last page and left hanging. This big disappointment is reflected in my rating.
ScooperSpeaks More than 1 year ago
Book four in Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series is supposedly the final installment, but it leaves room for so much more. The events of books one through three are finally ready to unfold and Eugenie has some major decisions to make. While dealing with her major life issues, namely her babies and trying to stay alive, Eugenie is confronted with a blight that is threatening the land of the fae. The entire story is a personal journey. Sure Eugenie has to protect her people, but she also has to protect her children and grow as a ruler and mother. Dorian has plenty of page play in Shadow Heir. I loved every minute of it. In addition to Dorian are other secondary characters who just might surprise you. Heck when some of the facts come out I think y’all will be just as shocked as I was. Oh yeah, if you wanted to know more about Volusion your wish has been granted. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the story…until I got to the end. I’ll admit that Eugenie stayed true to character. She showed the character that I hated in book three. You know the character who made me swear to not read book four because she made silly decisions that weren’t fair to those around her. It took a year, but I overcame my anger from book three and devoured Shadow Heir. Warning!!! Don’t expect a clean ending to the story. Expect an ending which will most likely anger you with its spin to the worst traditional romance plot line ever. Despite its ending, I did like most of the story. Do yourself a favor and cave like I did. Pick up Shadow Heir and conclude the series you started in Storm Born. Most of the plot lines are explored and closed. It’s no where near the story I fell in love with in book two, Thorn Queen, but it is IMMENSELY better than book three.
JenyH More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant of this final book based on the reviews, but I am now so glad I read it. Having been team Dorian from the beginning I could not fathom Eugenie ending up with Kiyo, but the love triangle and the heartache and angst created were unshakable. I was with her the entire way on the edge of my seat, rooting for Dorian and wishing Kiyo to the Underworld! It was so worth it and I can't say I wouldn’t have done the same as Eugenie. There are so many twists in this plot that you honestly don’t know who it’s going to be and what’s going to happen until the very end. Now with that said...there are plenty of opening for another book...come on Richelle...don't leave us hanging. Jasmine needs a man :) and it wouldn't hurt to update us on Eugenie and the twins either!
sksweet14 More than 1 year ago
I really loved this series, but I wish I hadn't read this final book. It was artfully written, but the plot choices baffled me. I don't understand what Ms. Mead was going for. This book completely destroyed my perception of Euginie and I couldn't get past the asinine choices she made. I was seriously angry at her character and could not get past it at all. The plot twist with Dorian was the single highlight of the book, (but honestly, it just made me that much angrier with the ending). Mead leaves a lot of issues unresolved, and as a reader I was left with no true sense of closure. I felt like this book didn't wrap up the series so much as it just destroyed any desire I had for the series to continue. Before I read this book I was rooting for Euginie to get her Happily Ever After and I would periodically think of the first three books and smile. After reading this book, I could honestly care less what Euginie finally makes of herself, I just hope all the *other* characters can get past her selfish stupidity. And maybe that's what Ms. Mead was going for. I don't know. I'm too annoyed to give any more thought to it.
RavynKatt More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of the Dark Swan series since it came out, and I could not wait to read this last installment. I do not think Eugenie's decisions were unfounded, nor do I think the ending was poor. In fact, I think this book was the exciting and spectacular ending that the Dark Swan series deserved. The book is emotional, continuing the theme of Eugenie's constant struggles with her dual life. Her relationships with Dorian and Kiyo play out against the greater plot of motherhood and regency in a struggling kingdom. There is also a well-thought out and cleverly hinted at plot twist that will blow readers away. Do NOT miss this book. It is 100% worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored this book and devoured every page but, the ending broke my heart and left much to be desired. I felt betrayed by Eugine's decision and wanted to slap some sense into her. How could she be such a hypocrit? Ive lost most if not all of my respect for her and just feel so sorry for Dorian. Dorian has been by far my favorite in the series. His witty one liners and flirty charm made me smile and laugh throughout the book. I loved how he grew and proved to Eugine what was truly important to him. He stayed true to himself yet was always there to lend a helping hand. Dorian deserves to know the truth and one way or another he will find out...I sincerly hope Richelle Mead will gift us with at least one more book. At the same time I fear the things that would be revealed can't be forgiven. Overall this book was fantastic and fun to read but its no ending so I'll cross my fingers for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would give 4 or 5 stars to any of Richelle Mead's stories- and I have read them all...but this was a real let down. All the build up with the prophecy and she finally has her babies and just leaves them for 3 months, then after a 2 week visit leves them again- possibly for years? Who knows because the story ends with no resolution! AND this is the end of the series??? If Eugenie and Dorian are so freaking powerful they should be able to handle Maiwen and any other threat. If you are a fan if the series skip this one. Now; I need to go wash this bad taste out of my mouth!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never loved a book so much and hated it so much...I cant believe she chose to end the series like she did...I have never in my life been so disaapointed in the ending of a book...I cant believe there were soooooooo many key parts left open and muc as I loved this series and this book...the ending really ruined it for please be prepared for the ending to upset you!
JGriffin More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book in the Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead. There are so many twists and turns throughout each one that a reader is sure to be kept on their toes, never knowing what’s going to happen next. Shadow Heir is no exception. I really enjoyed reading this book - its just the last few pages I am bothered by. To me, the ending felt more like it belonged to one of the other books in the series, not the FINAL book. There are certain things (can’t say too much without spoiling anybody) that do not feel completed. If I hadn’t known any better, I would have honestly thought there was another book coming out in this series! But I understand that Mead might have wanted to leave the ending where the reader can make their own future for the characters, or maybe she has plans we don’t know about. Either way, I really did love this book, and I guess I’m just not ready to leave the Dark Swan world. Eugenie is an awesome kick-butt heroine who doesn’t let her power get to her head and always works to protect those she loves and cares for. There were some interesting side characters in Shadow Heir, and the reader also learns more about what makes Volusion the way he is. I thought it was extremely cool to be able to find out more about him, as he’s always been a dark and shadowy feature of the story. By the end, I actually felt kind of sorry for him, and anyone who’s read these novels knows what a feat that is! There are other secrets that come out in Shadow Heir that will surprise many readers, as I know they were a surprise for me as well. This is a series that I recommend to all of my friends who are fans of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Richelle Mead creates a world that is dark and exciting, with characters that are layered and fascinating. None of them are perfect, but together they make for an engrossing read that will keep you interested till the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the series but I am confused about one thing. Kiyo's daughter is named Louisa in the first books and all of a sudden in this last book her name is Marta?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series so much & this was a great book but i'm so bummed this was the last book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been in love with this series since the beginning and was incredibly sad to see it end. This book was great up until the end. I kept looking at the page numbers wondering how she was going to close an amazing series in the last few pages. The ending left too many questions and if i hadnt read otherwise would swear it was priming us for the next Eugenie adventure. Once again the book was amazing but the ending left a lot to be desired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this series in two days. I couldnt wait to find out how the story ended. Instead, I was left with unanswered questions. Its reminded me of sex with Kiyo. Lots of buildup but no climax.... big disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Richelle Mead's books. Shadow Heir is no different, except the ending could have been 100 times better since this was the final book in the series. I have to say I was disappointed.
Katierod26 More than 1 year ago
I don't want to spoil it but I will say there's alot left unsaid in this book? Which makes you ask the question " is this really the end?". I loved this one and it was probably my favorite of the series, but please please please tell me there's another one on its way!
LadyNae More than 1 year ago
The book overall was good until got to the last of it, it just does not stay with the rest of the series and the character of Eugenie. How ultimately selfish of Eugenie the way she decided to leave her children, who have EVERY right to be with their mother AND their father now that it is not the one who tried to murder them!! Richelle Mead lost a fan with the ending of this book. Anyone thinking this ending is proper is either not a parent or not an unselfish one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the last installment in the dark swan series, all I can say is, REALLY? Eugenie didnt grow one bit.I felt she was hypocritical of Dorian. She treated him badly in the end with deciding not to be honest with him. I could go on,but I dont think I will ever waste my time with a Richelle Mead book again. She writeswonderful series,but the endings leave much to be desired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know many people didn't appreciate the way the book ended because of so many loose ends but I beleive thats what added to the appeal where one could wonder what did or didn't take place after the end.It gave ambiguity
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
!!!!!!! MAY GIVE AWAY SOME SPOILERS !!!! I absolutely LOVED this series. From book one to book four I felt like it was another Mead amazement! I would love to see a little Novella off the end that gives a little light to Eugenie and Dorian's relationship - whether she has told him or not, what his reaction is/was when she told him, if the prophecy is still a "thing" and if Fae are still trying to murder her son. Most people did not like the ending, but I felt like it was really realistic for the situation. She ended up with who I wanted her with (so YAY!) and she finally accepted who and what she is.
ufreview on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the last book in Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series, and I just finished reading it a half hour ago. I have been sitting here trying to figure out how I am going to rate it and review it. I am going to try and review it with no spoilers because I know it just came out and lots of people haven't read it yet. See I really loved the book lots of great plot twists and surprises, loose ends were tied up but then came the ending and I hated it and wanted to bitch-slap Ms Mead.The first part of the book is about Eugenie's pregnancy, her going into hiding for the safety of the twins, and adjusting to life in hiding. I found this part to be really slow probably because I was eager for more Otherworld and Dorian and the rest of the cast of characters that were missing. Eugenie learns of a blight back in the Otherworld and how the people of her kingdoms and many other are starving because of it so she must go back to stop it. Dorian and Jasmine and of course Kiyo go along on the journey to make things interesting. This part of the story is great, you learn the backstory of Volusian and you see how Dorian really feels about Eugenie.Once the quest is over the plot twists and surprises come and that's when the book gets really good right up until the last twenty pages or so. What bugs me is that this is a series ending book and it ended on a cliff hanger of sorts. Well you gotta read it to see for yourself. Like I said overall I really really loved the book, right up until the end.¿ ¿ ¿ ¿ 4/5 A really good read.
LongDogMom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved every book in this series and this book was no exception. Lots of unexpected plot twists and gut-wrenching emotional decisions. I became so emotionally involved in this book that it brought me to tears a few times. Powerful writing and I loved the creative lands of Otherworld and how their rulers connect to the land. I am really sorry that this is the final book in the Dark Swan series because I am going to really miss the characters and I want to know what will happen as the twins age and the fallout from the choices that Eugenie has chosen to make. I hope Richelle Mead revisits this world, even if she chooses to maybe put the focus on Eugenie's sister and what becomes of her as she grows older or other new characters in Otherworld. I feel like she has just scratched the surface of a very rich and interesting world that is packed full of possible stories.
Lavinient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I finished the book about 45 minutes ago and have been sitting with the computer in front of me trying to decide what I want to rate this book. I keep going back and forth. Here's my problem - the story itself is great, from Eugenie's pregnancy to their dealings with the blight. I really enjoyed it. But, to me this book did not really feel like a final book in a series. Yes, hard decisions were made by Eugenie and unexpected secrets were revealed, but not enough things were resolved for me to be satisfied. This book actually read more like the book that precedes the final book of a series.Ok, I have decided on 3 stars. I enjoyed the story, but was ultimately disappointed.
Dee_Bibb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't give a 5-star rating real often...but Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead required it.This is the final book in the Dark Swan series about Eugenie Markham, a shaman-for-hire. I haven't read the previous three books, but I will be getting them to read since this one was so good.Eugenie Markham is half human and half Otherworldly. She can transport between both the human and the Otherworld without problems, which she does frequently. In this final book of the series, Eugenie is trying to keep the human world safe from Otherworld trespassers. At the same time she is attempting to keep her unborn children safe from certain entities in the Otherworld that believe her unborn son will fulfill a prophecy by the Storm King....who just happens to be Eugenie's father.There are so many twists in the plot of Shadow Heir that it keeps you on the edge of your seat reading wanting to know more.The characters are three dimensional and the plot, as well as the subplots are all well thought out and believable.I truly enjoyed Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead and will recommend it to all my firends.Shadow Heir was provided to me through the Kensington Publishing Remote Reviewers program for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story and it had every you would expect in a romantic fairy tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I loved this series, I was very disappointed how the book ended...or didn't. I really was disappointed with Eugenia to not tell Dorian of "his" twins!!! I really hope there is another book somewhere out there or in the process of being written... Such a disappointment.... LOVETOREAD