Storm Born (Dark Swan Series #1)

Storm Born (Dark Swan Series #1)

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by Richelle Mead
     
 

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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.

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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. . .

Praise for Richelle Mead and Succubus Blues. . .

"This is one of those series I'm going to keep following." --Jim Butcher, New York Times bestselling author

"The mix of supernatural mystery, romance, and reluctant succubus is great fun." --Locus

"Exciting, witty, sexy, intriguing and had me captivated from the first page." --Cheyenne McCray

"Storm Born is my kind of book -- great characters, dark worlds, and just the right touch of humor. A great read." --Patricia Briggs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781420125795
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Dark Swan Series , #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
136,000
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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Meet the Author

RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

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Storm Born (Dark Swan Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 452 reviews.
Emma_Lane More than 1 year ago
Well, when I picked this book up, it certainly turned out different that I had suspected. That, however, is a good thing. I started reading another series of Richelle Mead books, and thought I would give another series a turn. I can't wait for the next book to come out (I even have it marked in my todo calendar). It's pretty racey in parts, and will definatley leave your brain with a visual, and imaginative series of events that you can't help but picture. Not for the prudish or too young! However, if you really have an imagination that needs some exercise, this book will be a pleasure.
ShannieG More than 1 year ago
I am 30 yrs. old and I finally discovered the world of reading four months ago. It all started when my cousin forced me to read Twilight, when I finished, I thought it was the best book in the world, not that I had any to compare it to. So I wanted to read more books to see if there were other books that interested me. I started reading Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead it is a great YA series, and I liked it more than Twilight. Next, I read her Succubus series which was even better. I just finished reading the Dark Swan series, it is awesome and I can't wait for book #3. Richelle Mead makes you believe in the alternate worlds she has created and wish they were real. Her main characters kick butt, and always have relationship problems due to their occupations and hotness!!
NookFever More than 1 year ago
I liked the plot of Storm Born, but I didn't like what was driving the plot along (if that makes sense). The main character, Eugenie, is a powerful shaman, who is able to banish spirits and the like to the Otherworld. In trying to rescue a girl that has been abducted by the fey or gentry, she discovers something about herself, aided in the process by two love interests. I think this is a somewhat original concept that was very appealing to me. HOWEVER, the book was bursting at the seams with all this sexual content. The author mentions rape, condoms, birth control, pregnancy, etc...in EVERY chapter. I wasn't expecting this to be the dominant theme of Storm Born, and unfortunately, after reading some of the reviews about Books 2 and 3, this theme continues, and some of her foreshadowing is realized in the later installments. Personally, this is not what I want to read about, so I will not continue with the other books in the series.
traycwhite More than 1 year ago
When a writer creates a supernatural character, she also creates boundaries for that character. Things that are beyond the character's capability. I have read too many books lately where the author sets limits for their character and then flagrantly disregards these boundaries, either, when the character is put in an impossible dilemma or at the end, for a snazzy climax. Worse the author turns her character's exploits into a series and plain forgets what she wrote in the beginning. It pisses me off To. No. End!
That's why I fell in love with Storm Born. Richelle Mead knows how to create an exciting character and keep her story straight! This book had EVERYTHING I love in a novel! It was funny, exciting, and HOT! HOT! HOT! I am now addicted to all things Richelle Mead :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! This is a true urban fantasy w/ a just enough sex/romance, mystery and action. Richelle Mead does it again. Can't wait for Thorn Queen.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Her stepfather trained shaman Eugenie ¿Odile¿ Markham in how to send back creatures who cross over from the Otherworld. Eugenie is excellent at her vocation, but now has a much more complex issue confronting her after she exorcised the lost soul from the sole of the sneaker. Wil Delaney asks Odile to rescue his sister Jasmine, who he says fairies abducted her taking the girl back to their realm, which Odile knows is Otherworld. Although her beloved stepfather warned her never to cross over, Eugenie knows she must try to rescue the child.---------- When she crosses over Eugenie finds herself the target of almost every male in Otherworld for they know she is the Dark Swan the focus of a key prophesy involving a child she will birth. She also meets her biological father the Storm King who will sell her to the highest bidder while two men, Kiyo the spirit fox and King Dorian offer to help her retrieve the female and take her back to the mortal side however Eugenie trusts no one but herself on this side.------------------ The tale begins as an amusing urban fantasy, but once Eugenie leaves behind the world of ¿Nike¿ to cross over it turns into a humorous investigative ¿quest¿ fantasy. The story line is fast-paced from the opening sneaker ploy and filled with non-stop action and characters who bring Otherworld to life. However, though the plot is obviously the introduction to the Black Swan saga, the sarcastic self deprecating heroine who is the focus of every Y chromosome bearer makes STORM BORN a fine fun fantasy.--------------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Vampire Academy, you will this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always wonder how writers come up with their ideas for these books...I started and finished within a day! I couldn't put the book down!
Nightnan More than 1 year ago
Really well done, humorous, great characters, witty and exciting. Sold me on the whole shebang!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down
Gablegirl 7 months ago
I love this book and the series. It is by far one of my favorite with a kickass heroine and characters I love.
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Good read.
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pink-skulls-book-reviews More than 1 year ago
I have to applaud Rachelle Mead for her unique and original writing style. Her words flow smoothly and with barely Hiccup to spare. Mead really put a great spin to her world and she owned it! She took an existing fairytale, an element that we recognize, and made it into something with superior depth. Eugenie, though overly sexed in this book, is a true kick-ass character. I love her "I don't take crap" attitude. You can tell that Mead took the time to develop her character and truly give her a voice. I loved her strength and courage. There was also plenty of growth for Eugenie. Her development over the course of the book was realistic. She looked at her own hypocrisy and prejudice and slowly changed. Though not so much that you couldn't believe it. The secondary characters we're equally given their own voice. I especially liked how Dorian grew on me. He's one of those characters that you're not really sure if you're going to like him but in the end you just can't help it. Kiyo, is all animal magnetism, I was drawn to him at first but towards the end I'm still not sure whose team I'm on. Can a girl have both? I guess I'll have to wait and see and read the next book. Quip from the book Still enchanted by human stuff, he wanted us to take him into the city and show him entertaining things-particularly the aforementioned woman with low inhibitions. I worked hard to keep my face as blank as a new canvas. You could have painted a picture on it. After a few bullets and knife wounds, I obliterated him and sent hem on to the world of death. God, I swear I'm not getting paid enough for this crap, you know? Cue polite laughter. Xoxoxoxo
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I absolutely love this series. By far her best. Crossing my fingers for a fifth one.