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Storm Born [Paperback]

Richelle Mead
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 22 2009
By Tynga's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Eugenie deals with banishing just like any other corporate, she's got a secretary, costumer meetings and fee for her services. Most of the time she find herself banishing lesser feys who crossed earthside to bother humans, but that's about to change. Eugenie, also known as Odile the dark swan, is being hired to recover a young girl taken against her will to the otherworld and that's when everything changes. She crosses over the otherworld with her three sidekicks spirits and discover more then she wished for. I found myself dragged within the story, Eugenie is tough but also has her weaknesses, along her journey she find herself questioning what she believed her entire life.
Ms. Mead introduce us to great characters with their unique personalities, I find myself fond of Dorian, a king from the otherworld. I love my urban fantasy with some kind of love story and I wasn't disappointed. Odile who was very comfortable single ends up with two sexy men interested by her, none of them being human, which makes it hard on her principles. Anyhow she falls in love with Kiyo, a kitsune, but is also very attracted by Dorian. Mead also please us with a few hot very well-written sex scene to spice everything up.
There's great suspense until the end, I never figured out who was "the bad guy" in the story until it was right in my face.
I'd give an overall 8.5/10 to the book. I can't wait for the second book in the series (Thorn queen) to come out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it... but didn't LOVE it... May 28 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book...but didn't LOVE it like I did with Richelle Meads Vampire Academy. It is definitely worth the read, I enjoyed it and I am very excited to start Thorn Queen. This book is sort of on the same lines as Mead's other "Georgina Kincaid" adult series, which is very good as well. Storm Born was full of action, disappointment and surprises. Of course she had her man issues, i.e. who to trust when it seems like everyone is throwing themselves at her either because they want to have sex with her OR kill her. She is keeping "our world" safer by exorcising demon's and other monsters and sending them to the underworld or the otherworld. She only sends them there, but never crosses over because it is too dangerous... until she gets this one case that she's not so sure she can turn her back on! I zipped through this book very quickly from the first to the last page. If you like supernatural butt kicking, with a little romance thrown in? Then this is definitely worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Her writing just gets better and better Sept. 16 2008
By Deidre Huesmann - Published on
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First with Vampire Academy, then with Succubus Blues, and now with Storm Born, Richelle Mead has stolen my heart through her wonderful prose, lively characters, and intriguing ideas.

In some ways Storm Born reminds me of Jim Butcher's Storm Front (odd coincidence there). Eugenie Markham is a shaman-for-hire (kind of like Harry Dresden being a wizard-for-hire), taking on the odd job of banishing spirits and gentry who disturb the human realm. But aside from some similar traits between the main characters, that's where the similarities end.

Things get sticky when a human named Wil hires her to rescue his teenage sister, who was kidnapped by gentry intent on using her body. Of course, being compassionate, Eugenie takes the job even knowing that crossing into the Otherworld to complete this task makes facing death that much more real.

Unlike her previous novels, Mead isn't shy about jumping headlong into the sex scenes. But like her previous novels they are tasteful, passionate, and written without silly euphemisms. And, like her previous novels, the concept of sex plays a larger role than just pleasure. The creatures of the Otherworld, knowing Eugenie's heritage even before she does, are intent on using her to sire a powerful heir.

Storm Born is full of fun characters, intense action, and passion that sizzles in the form of a love triangle. Eugenie is in love with Kiyo, a kitsune, but also dangerously taken by Dorian, a gentry king. Normally love triangles make this reader iffy, but Mead is one of the few who does it so well. Both Dorian and Kiyo are possessive of Eugenie, but Eugenie doesn't simply capitulate to either man's wants or desires.

In fact, Eugenie herself is my favorite aspect of the story. She's strong, witty, and highly resourceful. She may not have all the answers, and at times he has to do things that mentally scar her, but damned if she'll just give in when she can find a way around a problem. At the same time she's wonderfully flawed and makes mistakes--and the people around her aren't afraid to point it out. She's so brilliantly fleshed out and realistic--even in first person, a format I tend to loathe, Mead has created a character I want to root for and see win.

And I may be one of the only ones, but the twist involving Jasmine did honestly surprise me. It's another wonderful thing about Mead's writing--there are so many layers to her story that you know will be revealed sooner or later (maybe not in this novel, but over the course of the eventual series), that in trying to keep track of them all she manages to sneak in quite a few foreshadowing hints that still end up surprising you as a reader.

In short, this is one of the best dark fantasy novels to come out this year, and to date this may just be Mead's best writing to boot. I will be eagerly anticipating the sequel, as I am wont to do with Mead's writing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Amazon reviewers...what's going on? July 30 2010
By misoandbisous - Published on
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Seriously? There are maybe 5 accurate reviews. I'm not saying anyone is wrong for appreciating this style of book, to each their own, but really from reading all the reviews I expected something completely different. Okay, to those who haven't read it, this book is about 2 pages of sex to every 4 pages of plot. I got about 2/3 through and I can't finish it. I've never just left a book, ever. I even like steamy books, but this has the depth of a porn movie. The heroine must not remember her past because she was DROPPED ON HER HEAD as a child. She makes one ridiculous decision after another and is in no way likeable, let alone relatable. Everyone wants in your pants...yup...we get it....what else do you have to offer? Her roommate was funny though.

This is the worst review I have ever given. I've read TONS of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, ect ect. I really can't recommend this book. I find it hard to believe this author also writes for teenagers. Well no, what little plot there is could be teenager relatable, but the sex is so over the top, nonsensical, and never ending... I shudder to think what teenagers are getting into these days. Ugh. If you are looking for B movie porn in text format, hit up this book.
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning- Horrible Ending Jan. 26 2012
By Jennifer Topping - Published on
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This is actually a review warning readers not to waste their time on this series. Unfortunately, I was not forewarned and have read all 4 of the Dark Swan books. I will say this, I really enjoyed the series all the way up to book 4 (Shadow Heir), but the ending of the series completely wrecked everything for me. If you don't care about reading a series with an absolutely horrific ending than read Storm Born. The book itself is a good book, but if you are like me and don't want to waste time reading a series that is doomed to failure I would pick another series to indulge in.
32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have Athame Will Travel Aug. 5 2008
By Tom Hanna - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'd take the easy way out and say that Storm Born is Zen Moses meets the Chronicles of Narnia, but I won't for three reasons. First, the whole "x meets y" thing has become clichéd. Second, some of you are probably unfortunate enough not to know about Zen Moses. Third, it wouldn't be nice to steal the heroine's own reference to the Chronicles of Narnia.

Eugenie Markham, Odile, the Dark Swan. With so many identities, you'd think the protagonist of Richelle Mead's latest novel was confused enough, but things only get worse as she finds family members, dead and alive, that she never knew she had, learns her true identity and, maybe, her destiny.

Odile is a shaman. Not a peyote smoking (well, maybe once or twice) buckskin clad Native, but a real warrior with the power to bind and banish spirits and other denizens of the Otherworld including the gentry, the shining ones, fairies. And she's damn good at it, with a lot of fairy blood on her hands. She's a magical gun for hire, defending this world against invaders from elsewhere...for a price. "Have athame, will travel."

Things get dicy when the djinn possessing a running shoe knows her real name and others follow. Then, her latest gig, rescuing the 15-year old sister of a conspiracy theory blogger who's been kidnapped by a fairy king leads her to the answer of just how they know her real identity. It also leads her to a new question: "Does she know who she really is?"

Eugenie is a real hero, defending this world against the denizens of the Otherworld, but no stranger to spilling blood. In the course of the story she confronts her prejudice against the gentry, her aversion to fairy magic, even her attitude towards two men. Her attitudes evolve and she gains power. She sacrifices greatly for love and honor. The Dark Swan becomes a bit darker in the process.

This book is an engaging read with interesting takes on the fey, the afterlife and magic. There are amusing characters as well as serious ones, but overall the tone is more serious than Mead's Georgina Kincaid series. There may be a moral sentiment or two tucked in there, too, but it doesn't suffer for action. It's a real page turner you won't want to put down.
25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' new series!! Aug. 23 2008
By J. Stinson - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to agree with Patricia Briggs' cover quote: "Storm Born is my kind of book -- great characters, dark worlds, and just the right touch of humor. A great read." Richelle really does create characters that you swear could walk off the page. Eugenie Markham is a standout butt kicker -but better drawn than all the dime a dozen female demon killers out there these days.
While it fits what everyone is calling urban fantasy - I found this book to be much more than that catagory conjures up for me. Dark Fantasy, Romance and Mystery to name a few. This is a very well constructed story - complexities and surprises abound.
I actually passed this book up twice before I decided that I would pick it up. I read it in two days. I would have missed out on one heck of a story.
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