Book Review: Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

390 pp.

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I think that even if the series continues that this will be the last book I read in this series. This is not because I did not like the book, though it plays a part. (I am usually pretty good at continuing a series, even when I find it somewhat lacking.) It is more because this particular book feels like a stopping point to me. Another reason is because the ending is actually pretty open, but it feels like the story arc has been completed in some respect.

In this book, Our Heroine is attempting to juggle her responsibilities with medical appointments in the human world. (She is not crazy enough to trust Otherworld medicine which tends to be kind of horrible, sidhe have a high infant mortality rate due to their medicine being at least a thousand years out of date compared to the human world.) Due to the prophecy that one of her father’s first grandsons will become a conqueror of the human world, she is also dodging continuous assassination attempts.

The book begins with Eugenie getting attacked coming out of a clinic. Backed up by her half-sister and a young sidhe acting a bodyguard she is able to escape. When she returns from the human world, Our Heroine is approached by an envoy from the Yew land with an offer of friendship and mutual cooperation. Specifically, they are offering to give her a safe place to say while she is pregnant. Eugenie does not accept the offer, though she does agree to an exchange of gifts. (This turns out to be a huge mistake.)

Eugenie eventually decides that she has no other choice but to go into hiding in the human world. Her stepfather arranges for her to stay with some acquaintances of his, a shaman and her husband. (Unlike the human trafficking shaman in Thorn Queen, they are not evil.) The twins are born early and Eugenie is not able to stay with them because a new disaster has struck both her kingdoms and the kingdoms surrounding hers. (Guess where the problem originated. Go ahead, guess.)

The book was very readable except for the part where a certain extremely offensive and annoying character made his appearance. (The character in question pretends to be Native American and writes really horrible poetry while wearing a headdress. In this book he gets an actual paying job because of his supposed Native American heritage because the business was trying to be multicultural.) If you are a fan of the series, there are some interesting interactions between Eugenie and Dorian as they slowly get back together.

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