Book: Storm Born [Dark Swan #1]
Author: Richelle Mead
Review: Eugenie Markham is a shaman for hire in Phoenix. She makes her living protecting humans from non-humans creatures by banishing them to the Underworld (i.e. hell) or the Otherworld (a parallel with faeries, also known as gentry). A new client claims his teenager sister (Jasmine) has been kidnapped by King Aeson and is being held captive in the Otherworld. Eugenie fears Jasmine was taken because of her fertility (gentry have a hard time conceiving) and is high risk of being raped. Eugenie's stepfather Roland (a powerful shaman) tells her not to take the case because the Otherworld is extremely dangerous, but Eugenie goes anyway. She enlists the help of the King Dorian (the Oak King, who happens to be super sexy and quick witted). Eugenie also learns ***spoiler alert** that she is the Storm King's daughter (the Storm King planned to take over the Otherworld and human world before he was killed by Roland) and there is a prophecy that his first grandson will conquer both worlds. Eugenie and Dorian team up to save Jasmine, while Eugenie tries to convince everyone she has no plans to have any children. Eugenie also meets and dates Kiyo, a kitsune (can shape shift from a human to fox) who is also able to travel between the human and Otherworld.
Readers of this blog know I'm a big fan of Richelle Mead so I was excited to start this series. Eugenie is a strong, female character with a dynamic personality and some fun cast of characters around her (I thought her roommate was hilarious). I really loved King Dorian and hope he becomes the main love interest over Kiyo. I am just not feeling Kiyo at all. BORING! I was also impressed with the Otherworld-it is very creative (imagine Game of Thrones with magic users who can shift elements, like water, wind and the earth). This was a strong book to the series and I cannot wait to read more!
Grade: 4/5 stars