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I love me some Eugenie...

  • Sep 19, 2010
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.

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September 23, 2010
Thanks for this! I love Richelle Mead - her Succubus series is even better than Vampire Academy (I think), but I've yet to read this one. The first two books have been on my shelf for a while, I'll have to dig them out now.
September 24, 2010
Oh you should. I've just read the first Succubus...but for some reason I got into the Dark Swan series so much more.
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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...

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ISBN-10: 1420100963
ISBN-13: 978-1420100969
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Zebra
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