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"a non-stop, action-packed urban fantasy"

I knew I was in for a special treat with this book when I read the opening line, "I'd seen weirder things than a haunted shoe, but not many" and, as always, Ms. Mead didn't disappoint me. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading the first book from her new Dark Swan series. This urban fantasy series follows our kick-ass, smart-mouth heroine, Eugenie Markham, aka Odile Dark Swan. Eugenie is a very powerful shaman. Raised by her mother and stepfather, after her no-count dad disappeared before she was born, Eugenie is a socialphobe who would much rather spend her time kicking Otherworldly butt then hanging around real human people. Thanks to her stepfather's influence, Eugenie hates the Otherworld, especially the gentry, aka -- the faerie. To her they are all evil, untrustworthy and generally speaking, better off dead.

When a case comes her way regarding a 14-year old teenager whose been abducted by the gentry, Eugenie feels like she has no choice but to go after the girl. The only problem is that this will not be your ordinary rescue. Eugenie will have to physically cross over into the Otherworld which will likely take her straight into the heart of the gentry -- a very dangerous place to be for one who has more kills of Otherworld kind and is considered the "boogieman" of their world.

Once Eugenie crosses over, she comes to realize that perhaps the gentry are not the evil incarnate beings that she once feared. Understandably, this is no easy task for her to come to terms with, after having been raised with such a jaded view of them.

There is so much going on in this book -- plots, subplots, unknown identities. Who can Eugenie truly trust? Kiyo, the broad-shouldered and sexy kitsane, with whom she finds herself having a budding relationship? Dorian, the King of the Oak Land, who has made a bargain with her to help her learn the potential of the true power that lies untapped within her? Maiwenn, the Willow Queen whom, on the surface it appears, has the same goals as Eugnie?

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Richelle Mead's books, whether they are her adult urban fantasy or her young adult vampire series. After reading the blurb about Storm Born I couldn't wait to read it. It looked to be a fantastic read and Ms. Mead certainly did not disappoint! If you are looking for a non-stop, action- packed urban fantasy, I think you should definitely give Storm Born a read.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted September 4, 2008

SUMMARY

**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
Paperback
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Richelle Mead

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


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