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Storm Born (Dark Swan, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was sucked in immediately. I love that she writes about STRONG, INTELLEGENT, beautiful women how make their own way.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Here is why I gave Storm Born five stars: I like urban fantasy books, especially ones that contain Fae (or Gentry) characters that are aimed for ADULT audiences and not YA. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Rebekah
This one was a little slow to start, not quite an information dump but a little longer back story than my ADD likes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by epicbookaddict
I read Storm Born several years ago and have re read it three times. I absolutely love this book and series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rosa S.