"So many creatures, such great characters, amazing storyline and fun, excitement and action"

Eugenie Markham is a powerful Shaman who banishes spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. It isn't exactly doing her reputation in the Otherworld any good but she needs to make a living and it is what she is good at. So that is one of the reasons she has to think twice about taking on the latest case she is asked to investigate. The new job would involve traveling into the Otherworld and this isn't high on her 'to do' list but she also doesn't like the idea of leaving a teenage girl at the mercy of the fey.

Taking the case leads Eugenie to discover more about herself and the Otherworld than she expected. Dark secrets surrounding her family, her future and constant threats from all kinds of creatures leaves Eugenie tired, battered and confused. She has her wand, her glock and some good allies to help get through things but she has to admit things will never be the same again. Meeting a sexy fox and fairy king also up her chances of getting through everything alive but will she manage to control her new powers and stop the prophecy she is a part of from coming true?

The blurb for this new series from Richelle Mead didn't really make me jump for joy and I actually expected to read a few chapters, hate it and be happier with a new Succubus or Vampire Academy Book. However this one took me by surprise and really had me hooked from the first page and it frustrated me no end that I didn't have the time to read it all the way through in one go!

I usually hate books about fey and except for a few authors I like, I stay away from this area altogether. So I am really glad I gave Storm Born a chance because it was amazing. This was Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series crossed with Yasmine Galenorn's Sisters of the Otherworld with a little extra new and unique sprinkled on top. So many creatures, such great characters, amazing storyline and fun, excitement and action. Magical and mysterious, this has got to be one of my favourite reads so far this year and I am dying to know when the next book in the series comes out.

I have to say thank you to this author for such a great new look on things and for coming up with something new and different. I loved everything about it and would recommend this to anyone who likes anything fae and enjoys a leading lady who can really kick butt!

Reviewed by Amber Chalmers
Posted August 19, 2008


**A PNR Staff & Reviewer Top Pick**

Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every 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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Storm Born
(Dark Swan: Book 1)
by Richelle Mead

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
August 1, 2008
Available: August 5, 2008
ISBN #1420100963
EAN #9781420100969
384 pages
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Other Books by
Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily
Succubus Revealed
Iron Crowned
Last Sacrifice
Kisses from Hell
Spirit Bound
Succubus Shadows
Blood Promise
Thorn Queen
Succubus Heat
Shadow Kiss
Succubus Dreams
Eternal Lover
Succubus On Top
Vampire Academy
Succubus Blues
Dreams and Desires

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