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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Storm Born by Richelle Mead

Storm Born (Dark Swan, #1) Storm Born by Richelle Mead

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every horny creature in the Otherworld wants to get in your pants...

Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy--one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

Now Eugenie is a hot target for every ambitious demon and Otherworldy ne'er-do-well, and the ones who don't want to knock her up want her dead. Eugenie handles a Glock as smoothly as she wields a wand, but she needs some formidable allies for a job like this. She finds them in Dorian, a seductive fairy king with a taste for bondage, and Kiyo, a gorgeous shape-shifter who redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running out, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come, and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her...

My thoughts
Storm Born in the first installment in the Dark Swan series by the amazing Richelle Mead. I've been a fan of Richelle Mead since the first book I've read from her, Succubus Blues in her Georgina Kincaid series. I love every book she's written and cannot wait for her newest in all three of her series. And even though Richelle Mead's covers and plots sound like the usual's, they really aren't. She always writes a unique story and she has a great style that keeps you wanting more!

Storm Born follows Eugenie Markham and it's written in the first person. I was absolutely hooked from page one. Eugenie is a strong, sexy character who was raised by her mother and stepfather in the Arizona desert. Eugenie's stepfather taught her how to be a shaman and follow in his footsteps. She's really good at it and so the Otherworld Gentry are naturally afraid of her.
At the start of the book she helps take away the odds and ends that the world would find irritating. Such as banishing spirits(for a fee) and of the like just like any other corporate in her business. She's also got a secretary, who her roommate never gets along with. Her life may be different but it seemed almost normal to her until lately. Eugenie has begun to find that things seem to be different in her world. For a start, most of the spirits and fey seem less interested in killing her (which she could understand maybe) and more in romancing her(which only confuses her).. And secondly, they all seem to know her name now. Then she meets a hot one night stand that turns out to be more and the hot Kiyo also turns out to be a shape-shifter.
Dorian, who is also a man in the picture somewhat, is a handsome Faery King who is sure of himself and what Eugenie is and will be. I found myself really liking Dorian. He's attitude could be questionable, but I took to him from the start.
So, between the tension of the men and the fey who want her for unsolicited reasons she also has to deal with a new way of life that are hard on her principles.

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