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Storm Born (Dark Swan, Book 1) Paperback – 2008

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819861
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 281 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #831,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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As always Richelle Meads book did nor disappointed! It's a magical sexy story.
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89 of 95 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977cfb34) 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.
131 of 152 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977cfb88) 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.
45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977cfe64) out of 5 stars Please don't continue this series with this heroine... July 18 2009
By N. F. - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You know how you stay up all night because you think you're about to read a great book, but when you get to the end it's so disappointing that you will never read another in that series? This is that book. The herione is dumb. Proof of that - She MUST NOT have a baby, but has sex with two different guys and one without a condom. She is wishy washy, her emotions are lusting after one guy, then in a split second, lusting after another. She makes stupid decisions and then goes back to the original guy after having sex with another one, who obviously didn't perform up to expectations. AND WHAT IS WITH THE CRAZY MAGIC?? All of a sudden the heroine has every power makes it UNBELIEVABLE. She can do all this stuff, is a powerful demon killer and yet can't decide who she wants to sleep with, who her friends are and the story is really quite painful to read. Her sister that pops up is like a story killer, or plot device in the plain view of everyone. I found myself skipping pages and pages of dribble to get to the meat of the story and found the meat lacking. I will not buy the rest of the series.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977d139c) out of 5 stars Plot is a D-, Graphic Pornography is A+ Dec 28 2011
By anonymous - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No real plot to this book other than "I'm hot and sexy!" and graphic hot pornographic scenes.

I really enjoyed the first few pages of the book because there were the exciting beginnings of a plot, an adventure, and interesting character development. You can put the book down -- or throw it away -- after that.

However, *redeeming factor* I did just finish the book this morning and there is a fabulous five pages very near the end of this too-long sex-gasp.

Therefore I would have to say this is a very talented author if only she had given me something substantive to read in the middle between a great couple of pages in the beginning beginning and a great couple of pages at the end.
38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977d13b4) 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.

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