Storm Born (Dark Swan Series #1)

Storm Born (Dark Swan Series #1)

by Richelle Mead

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ISBN-13: 9781420125795
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: Dark Swan Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 368,665
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Richelle Mead is an international bestselling author of fantasy books for both adults and teens. Her Georgina Kincaid series follows a reluctant succubus, while her Dark Swan series features a shamanic mercenary caught up in fairy affairs. Over on the young adult side, Richelle writes the much-acclaimed Vampire Academy series and its spin-off, Bloodlines, about a secret society keeping the vampire world hidden from humans.

Richelle's books have been on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists and received honors from the American Library Association. Her books have been translated into over two dozen languages, as well as transformed into graphic novels. A lifelong reader, Richelle loves mythology and wacky humor. When not writing, she can be found spending time with her family, buying dresses, and watching bad reality TV. More at:

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Storm Born (Dark Swan Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 473 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, 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
clairesbooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I thought this book was mediocre. There were parts that I enjoyed, such as when Eugenie travels to the Otherworld and I found the world building there exciting. I also liked it when Eugenie meets Kiyo for the first time. Then there were other parts¿well the rest of the book actually that was just ok. I didn¿t particularly like Eugenie I found her to be a bit whiny and she bugged me with her indecisions and contradictions. Kiyo was an interesting character but it was Dorian who I really liked. The plot was neither boring nor exciting it was just ok however I did find the story and action to be repetitive with an action/fight scene followed by a trip from one world to the other. There was some interesting parts for me with who to trust and who not to trust but that was about it. I also found the ending to be well strange. This is difficult to discuss without giving anything away but I did not understand why things happened on a journey that Eugenie makes in order to try and save someone¿s life. I want to know what happens in the next 3 books but I just do not want to invest the time in reading them. I much prefered the graphic novels of this book to the actual book. I would like to give this book 3 stars.
ufreview on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was a huge fan of Richelle Mead's Georgina Kincaid series and I put off reading this series because I was afraid I would be disappointed. After the Succubus series ended I finally grabbed Storm Born and started reading. I could not put this book down, I loved it and thinking I'm kinda dumb for leaving it on my to be read pile for so long. This is one is hard for me to review without giving away any spoilers, suffice it to say a lot happens in this book.Eugenie is a shaman that banishes demon and fey back to their own realms, she gets hired to find a missing girl in the fey realm. That's when all hell breaks lose, she discovers who her biological father is and meets two very hot guys both of which are from the fey realms. She was raised and trained by her stepfather to hate and mistrust the fey so this makes for some pretty interesting conflicts, with herself and the two men in her life.Eugenie manages to be a strong female character without being a cliche, the love triangle between Eugenie, Kiyo and Dorian is HOT, although I was cheering for Dorian the whole time. This was a great book, fast paced with great characters and I was halfway through the second book before I would even stop and take the time to write this review for it. I recommend it to any UF fans or fans of the Georgia Kincaid series.¿ ¿ ¿ ¿ ¿ 5/5 Couldn't put it down!
ReginaR on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a decent start to a series. Solid world building and interesting charcters are introduced. It is a very sexy book - shockingly sex almost. But for me, something kept it from being great. I did not connect with the heroine and I almost didn't care what happened. I enjoyed her interactions with Kiyo and Dorian and then her interactions with her imprisoned spirits, those were the highlights for me. I listened to the audio and the narration is decent.I may just be all Meaded out as I just finished the Georgina Kincaid and Vampire Academy series. I do like how she pushes boundaries with her female characters. Mead's adult female characters are not chaste and have no regrets about that. This Mead theme is definitely refreshing in the urban fantasy/paranormal genre. I likely will read #2 eventually.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Eugenie Markham is an Arizona shaman. She banishes loose spirits, deals with possessed shoes, and takes on assorted other supernatural odd jobs on a regular basis. She's used to the bizarre and magical underbelly of reality.But only about 10% of the calls she gets are actually supernatural in nature, and she's using an alias. So it's more than a bit disturbing when suddenly the things that go bump in the night not only know her real name, but have intentions as amorous as they are violent.It seems there's a prophecy: the Storm King's first-born grandson will overthrow the human world and return it to the hands of the fae. And guess who the Storm King's daughter is? It's a bit Laurell Hamilton-esque, without the vampires and without quite as much graphic detail to the sex. Not a bad read, all things considered.
greytfriend on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book reminded me of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. Eugenie, the lead character, reminded me a lot of Anita with her great combo of fierce action and vulnerability and heart. Richelle Mead really is great at writing female characters, I've loved the leads in all three of her series. In this book, I really enjoyed the combo of a modern setting with the fae/magical creatures and Otherworld. I also enjoyed the mythology tie-in, it gave it a nice firm historical basis for me. The pace of the story and the way the action and romances unfolded kept me interested throughout. And I'm definitely intrigued to see what happens in the next book.
tdfangirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Holy cow. I can¿t believe I let this sit on my bookshelf for a couple of months. This is absolutely amazing! I absolutely adore the characters, and this book definitely tweaks my love of faery stories. Eugenie is a very well-developed, likable protagonist, and the supporting characters are not flat at all, but all have distinct personalities of their own. I freaking love that.The plot is fantastic. While deceptively simple on the surface (rescue a kidnapped teenage girl from the Otherworld), underneath it¿s an intricately woven story threaded through with Mead¿s signature humor. Much like with her Georgina Kincaid series, I found myself laughing throughout this book.Seriously, I can¿t recommend this book enough. It¿s one of the best urban fantasies I¿ve ever read. Go! Buy it now!
starlightmuse on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The main character, Eugenie, is able to cross over to the Otherworld and also hires herself out to fight the baddies that come from that world. When she finds herself on a case that requires her to get to know the citizens of a place she despises, she discovers more about her heritage and that not everyone is as evil as she originally thought.This book was an okay read, it's not as well written as Mead's other series (Succubus and Vampire Academy). It was difficult for me to warm up to the characters, or to even care who Eugenie chose to bed. Still, there's promise in this urban fantasy if there's nothing else out there to read.
thehistorychic on LibraryThing 8 months ago
What I LOVED: Each character in this book was really unique. They all had individual personalities that did not necessarily conform to what the heroin would want them to be. I loved her minions, her screwed up love life (and lovers), and her family/friends (even those she did not think were friends). What I LIKED: This book was more fun than I thought it was going to be. Having only read The Vampire Academy books by Richelle, I was surprised at the amount of snarky humor that was in this book. I laughed out loud several times. It was a fantastically fun read.What I thought was SO-SO: I don't like Eugenie's name. Other than that nothing else was bad or so-so.Why I gave it a 3 (or 3.5): I was really impressed with the humor, wit, and fantastic world that Richelle created. I am really enjoying stories of Faeries lately and this fit right into that genre. I would recommend this to any PNR or UF fan.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I read Succubus Blues, which had an interesting premise, but I actually enjoyed this book more. It's a bit Anita Blake-ish but Eugenie Markham is not nearly as prudish or annoying, and the writing is better. I liked the characters, the descriptions of the desert, the fact that everything was slightly off kilter. We had a were animal, but not a wolf, (he's half Japanese and a fox) we had a faery king but he's ligh thearted (as well as being into bondage.) I liked the fact that it was both a familiar fantasy tale but with enough quirks to make it stand apart, and also that it made sense internally. I liked the world building and I liked the way the story was told. I look forward to the next one.
Badass_Book_Reviews on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I enjoyed most of this book. This is my first Richelle Mead story. I really liked Eugenie Markham as a heroine. She was strong, tough, gritty but also she was vulnerable without being needy and whiny. She talks the talk and walked the walk. The love triangle was interesting. I rather like both men, Dorian, the Faery King, and Kiyo, the Shape-Shifter. Both men have good and bad points. It was interesting how the story unfolded and the shape it took on. The plot was OK. There was a lot of talk about rape, but when there is a prophecy that says the son of the heir of the Storm King will rule the world, I guess every bad guy wants in on the action, by any means necessary.I will read the next book.
jjmachshev on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Fascinating! I couldn't put "Storm Born" by Richelle Mead down! I read her 'succubus' series, but this is so much more. More fantasy, more characters, more worlds, and WAY hot fae, humans, and shifters (kitsune).Eugenie, Odile, Dark Swan...she's all these, and now she's about to find out that she's also so much more she never knew. Eugenie is a powerful shaman who banishes spirits and fey out of the mortal world into either hell or back to their world, depending on their crime. She's never actually made a trip physically into the otherworld, but when she takes the case of a kidnapped teenager who's being held by a fae, she decides the only way is to go in physically, grab the girl, and get out! What she finds instead is a legacy she never knew about, the guy she recently slept with isn't totally human, and one of the fae kings is into bondage...and Eugenie! To make matters worse, she's being sought by just about every creature imaginable who wants to breed a child on her, willing or unwilling, to fulfill a prophecy. She needs the fae king's help to learn how to control her magic and she's pretty sure about what he will want in return. How in the heck is she gonna get out of this one?Fast paced, high energy urban fantasy. "Storm Born" and Eugenie's story is one of the best new urban fantasy/romance/paranormal stories I've read in quite a while. Now I'll have to wait an entire year for "Thorn Queen", the next book in this series. I'll keep reading Richelle Mead's succubus stories, but if the next book is anything like one, this new series is destined for my keeper shelf.
MisfitRhi on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Eugenie Markham is a Tuscon native shaman who makes her money banishing unwanted ghosts and fey to the world of the dead, or at least back to the Otherworld they came from. When she's asked to meet with a man, Wil, who says his sister, Jasmine, was taken by one of the gentry (fae) she's hesitant to take the job. Not only is this not the sort of job she does, but it's darned dangerous. To rescue Jasmine she will have to cross over into Otherworld not in her own spirit form--that of the dark swan known as Odile--but as her flesh and blood self. Before heading off to save the day she has a night out and hooks up with a handsome veterinarian named Kiyo and the two are attacked by one of the gentry elementals and the fight that ensues reveals she is more than what she said she was and so is Kiyo. Persuaded by thoughts of the teenaged Jasmine being forced to be a gentry's plaything she accepts the job and with the back-up of her spirit servants, Volusian, Nandi and Finn, she sets off to get the girl back from Aeson, the Alder King. While in Otherworld she meets Dorian, the Oak King, who she becomes friends with but when the fight with Aeson fails she has to return home. With continued attacks from gentry she eventually finds out that not only have her parents been keeping MAJOR secrets from her but that there is a gentry prophecy about the child she might one day have. No wonder every gentry around is trying to rape her or at least win her favor! Dodging would-be rapists, learning how to control new-found powers and sorting out the possible relationships with both Kiyo and Dorian, Eugenie never has a dull moment. Neither did this book! A fan of Mead's YA series (Vampire Academy) and the urban fantasy genre in general I was thrilled to see this book hit the shelves and it wasn't at all disappointing. Filled with action, interesting characters, sexual tension and plenty of well-timed humor it had everything I look for in an urban fantasy novel. Fans of Rachel Morgan or the Sisters of the Moon series will not want to miss this one. With the elements of magic and a heroine in the vein of Rachel and a world building filled with kitsune, fae and elementals this series looks to be a crowd pleaser. Be on the lookout for Thorn Queen, the next book in the series due out in the summer of 2009!
randirousseau on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Yet another fabulous book by author Richelle Mead!This is the first book of the new series - Eugenie is a shaman, hired out to exorcise Otherworld denizens from the human plane when they cause trouble. Her latest case proves to be a bit more of a problem, though, taking her physically into Otherworld to rescue a teenaged girl. Nothing ever goes as planned in any fantasy story, and this one is no exception - Eugenie learns more about herself, her family, and the Otherworld than she ever thought she'd want to!As seems to be the case with a lot of the new fiction in this genre, there is a bit of rather descriptive sex in this book for anyone squeamish or if considering this book for your teen because he/she liked Ms. Mead's YA series. But other than that, it's a good read - quick paced and hard to put down!
crishaynes on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I absolutely love all of Richelle Mead's books. However, when I started this book I was a bit skeptical as I found it hard to connect to Eugine, the main character. By middle of the book, I was hooked. I really like this story. It has many suprising turns and it ends up to be very different than anything else I have read. Granted, I have read plenty of books concerning the Fae. However, none were done quite like this. There were a few major things that blind sided me and I did not see coming. Which is excellent ,as far to often you can predict the plot in other books. Overall, I loved this book. It was slow to start but then becomes fast paced. So many things happen that the world she started in is no where near where it ends. Great read! Can't wait to see what she does with this in the next one.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I was beside myself with this book. I expected a good book souly from the fact that the Succubus series is so good. Although, when I started this book from the 2nd chapter on, I was hooked. I love this book, it is amazing. I find myself baffled by the relationships in this book. I am just as confused as the character about what to think of the main characters. I will definetly be reading future books from the series. This is a MUST READ!