12 July 2009
STORM BORN: Book 1 Dark Swan Series - Richelle Mead
From the back of the book:
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk tread 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 Oterhworldly 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 wo redefines animal attraction. But with enemies growing bolder and time running ot, Eugenie realizes that the greatest danger is yet to come and it lies in the dark powers that are stirring to life within her....
I really enjoyed reading this book! Thanks to a quiet night, I was able to read it in one sitting pretty much. I'm already a fan of Richelle Mead from her Georgina Kincaid, Succubus series and STORM BORN increased my admiration.
Eugenie already knows she has abilities to send the paranormal baddies to wherever she needs them to go when they act up on her world and she knows that their buddies aren't too happy about it. Now she's seeing an extra bunch of activity showing up on her doorstep and she wants to know why.
Some of that activity shows up in the form of Kiyo....sigh...yummy sounding Kiyo, a man...a shape-shifter...Eugenie meets in a bar one restless night and proves to be a wonderful partner and friend.
And there's Dorian, gentry (they don't like the term fairy) Oak King, who is fascinated with all that is Eugenie. She brings some spark to his life filled with yes-men and willing women.
My favorite characters are Eugenie's minions (I think everyone should have minions). Eugenie has perky Finn, downcast Nandi, and could be vicious if given a chance Volusian. All are bound to her and must obey much as they dislike it.
Richelle Mead writes a wicked good story, paranormal or otherwise. I like her settings, her characters, the believable magic, excellent fighting. The love scenes crackle, nothing namby-pamby about them in this book...Muh-rowr!!
Five stormy beans.....