cover image Iron Crowned

Iron Crowned

Richelle Mead, Kensington/Zebra, $7.99 mass market (352p) ISBN 978-1-4201-1179-8

Eugenie Markham, the new queen of the Thorn Land (as established in Storm Born and Thorn Queen), likes being the daughter of the Storm King and carrying his powers, but the responsibility is a pain. For example, her offspring is prophesied to conquer humanity. She has to visit the otherworld regularly while keeping the bills paid with her part-time shaman gig in the real world. Her ex-boyfriend, Kiyo, is back in her life, while hunky, kinky King Dorian has designs on her body and her womb. Oh, and war is raging between her land and the land of Queen Katrice. The fabled Iron Crown might end the war, but is Eugenie willing to gamble her life on questing for it? Eugenie's a pretty inept queen, but fans of the series will overlook that amid the kick-butt action and hot sex. (Mar.)