This is a review of “Storm Born” by Richelle Mead. It is the first novel in The Dark Swan Series.
Eugenie Markham is a shaman. She lives to protect humans and the human world from the gentry (fairies). She is badass and tough. Most of her jobs involve banishing Otherworld beings; sending them to their death or just back home. While working, Eugenie operates under the title Odile, The Dark Swan. But many Otherworld creatures have begun using her real name, and Eugenie is curious as to how they know it.
Approached by a human to enter the Otherworld to find his 15 year old abducted sister, Eugenie feels that she must help the young girl. So she journeys to the Otherworld to find Jasmine, the 15 year old human girl, who is at risk of rape as well as imprisonment. While she is there Eugenie learns a number of things.
1. Her parents have withheld an extremely big piece of information about her origins.
2. Eugenie is considered to be very impregnate-able by Otherworld beings because of it.
Eugenie must now fend off sexual advances; the polite kind, and the not-so-polite “rape-y” kind. She does this with the help of her spirit minions the evil Volusian and the morbidly depressed Nandi and the sexy and mysterious Kiyo and the handsome gentry King Dorian.
Can she get Jasmine back? Who is Kiyo really? Does Eugenie know him well enough to trust him? And what is Dorian after?
A really interesting start to Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan Series. I wasn’t sure what to expect of this series after reading The Vampire Academy Series and The Georgina Kincaid Series. But I really liked this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of this series!