Storm Born (Dark Swan Series #1)
Richelle Mead introduces us to her latest heroine, Eugenie Markam. Eugenie, who is also known as Odile Dark Swan is a shaman. She has dedicated her life to protect mortals from spirits, Otherworld creatures and the occasional trespassing faerie. Eugenie is quite a character, sarcastic, witty, and tough as nails. Her sense of humor and alternative career are evident from the start as she has to banish a dark spirit from a pair of tennis shoes. During the banishment though things turn down a different path than she is used to, the spirit knows her name and it tries to proposition her.
Eugenie doesn’t know it then, but her whole world is about to change. Her life might be a bit on the strange side, but it was her life and she thought she knew her place in the world. Suddenly fae and spirits are popping out the wood work, they all know her name and they all seem a bit interested in her in a more carnal way than usual. Eugenie goes from being a practical hermit to fighting off every otherworldly creature she comes into contact with.
The love interest in this book is Kiyo, whom she meets in a bar and begins a very steamy relationship with. Yet, her newly budding love affair quickly crashes to the ground when Kiyo is revealed as only part human, his other half is a Japanese shape-shifter
, inherited from his mother. As Eugenie struggles with the fact that she might be falling for someone who is part otherworld, she also finds she is being dragged further and further into the Otherworld…until finally she goes over body and soul in an attempt to rescue a kidnapped teenager whose brother is desperate to rescue her.
On her trip deep into the Otherworld Eugenie begins to realize that the world she has hated in an almost blind prejudice is really not as horrible as she was told. She also finds that her life isn’t what she thought it was as a prophecy about her heritage and her potential offspring is revealed. Now she is battling with trust issues, falling in love with a man who isn’t even all human, and then on top of all that she meats Dorian. The Oak King, fully fae and very blatant about his desire to bed Eugenie, she is both attracted to him and repulsed. Yet, behind it all she needs Dorian, and she needs to get a grip on her new outlook on the two worlds.
Will Eugenie succumb to the prophecy? Will she overcome her narrow-minded outlook on her world?
The suspense grips you throughout the book, so much so that I could barely lay this book down. The book is just the perfect blend of humor, darkness and tenderness. I was really taken by Eugenie, Ms. Mead does a wonderful job with her characters and she did not disappoint with Eugenie. The supporting characters are also on point, from Eugenie’s roommate, to her bitchy receptionist, all are thought out and well written. Then there are the men…both yummy, but Dorian is by far an aged Pinot
to Kiyo’s boxed vintage
I highly recommend this book to everyone; Ms. Mead is a very talented author. I first read and highly enjoyed her Vampire Academy series
, but they are young adult novels, and Storm Born is very much for adults. Because of how well I have liked every book I’ve read of her, Richelle Mead is now one of my favorite authors.