Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Storm Born - Richelle Mead

Back cover summary - 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...

Review (warning spoilers!)-

Storm born by Richelle Mead is a totally absorbing, fast paced urban fantasy.  It has a strong heroin, gorgeous men and heart stopping action.  Probably, this is one of the best urban fantasies I've read recently.

Eugenie was hired to rescue a girl who was kidnapped by Aeston, a fairy king.  Unfortunately, to accomplish this, she needed to go to the Otherworld.  In the Otherworld, she learned about her heritage and the prophecy attached to it which she found very hard to accept. During this journey, she met Kiyo, a kitsune and Dorian, a fairy king.  Kiyo and Dorian of course are her main love interests.  Eugenie slowly learned how to use her powers with the help of the gorgeous Dorian and killed Aeston making her queen of the land that once belonged to Aeston.

There is a plot and I found the characterizations great.  All the characters are very layered and it is difficult to say who the good and bad guys are. Dorian is a very entertaining character.  I can see that he is very layered and unpredictable.  I enjoyed reading him.  One character I also liked is the spirit Volusion.  He was just hilarious!  Great one liners!  Kiyo was okay, I can see that he will be boring me later on in the series.  I veer towards Dorian personally. Kiyo reminds me to much of Richard in the Anita Blake series.

I can't wait to read Thorn Queen (Dark Swan 2).

Highly recommended *****

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