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Storm Born [Mass Market Paperback]

Richelle Mead
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Aug 2008
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...
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420100963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420100969
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,523,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richelle Mead has an MA in comparative Religion and a passion for all things wacky and humorous. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and four cats. Late night musings and updates about her new books can be found at:

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"Storm Born is my kind of book - great characters, dark worlds, and just the right touch of humor. A great read" (PATRICIA BRIGGS, #1 New York Times bestselling urban fantasy author) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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From the fantastic Richelle Mead, author of the bestselling Vampire Academy series comes the first dark and dangerous supernatural adventure featuring shaman Eugenie Markham... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised me 13 Oct 2008
I was recommended Storm Born by Amazon, because my 'purchased' list is full of paranormal/fantasy novels, and pretty much ever cover has a semi-naked or tightly-clad female on the yup, I was interested in Storm Born.

I've never read anything by Richelle Mead before, so I looked up her previous works and she has a series about a succubus - a demon who very much likes sex as far as I can work out, which didn't appeal to me as much.
The blurb for Storm Born made it sound like it was yet another story about a Heroine magical powers that she uses for good, but oh wait, she's pretty hot too and everything in sight wants to get into her pants (because of some prophecy about her first born child)...uh and she has a hot sexy love interest.
Now, I like fantasy romances as much as the next girl, but I also like there to be a plot and some originality surrounding the Heroine and her single/many conquests, so this put me off and I didn't look at Storm Born again until a few weeks later when I was desperate for something to read. Still not 100%, I looked up Mead's website, read a few excepts, liked what I was reading and took a risk...

Needless to say, It IS a book about a Heroine with powers she uses to save the world/okay maybe just a few people, but there is something...different about this novel. I grew very absorbed very quickly, and I found it pretty original in an already swamped market with very similar books. There's a plot, and a good one too, interesting and engaging second characters, two love interests for the Heroine, some nice power-wielding and some exciting encounters with the bad guys. All in all, a very enjoyable read.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 10 Sep 2008
By Clare
I have read other works by Richelle Mead and enjoyment of those books inspired me to pick up this one- I am glad that I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found it original and fun to read, with wry humour in places as well as sensitive writing on more emotive subject matters. Well deserved 4 stars.

The book is set in an alternative reality where our world exists alongside a well established otherworld inhabited by what we would call Fairies (not the tinkerbell sort exclusively, I mean magical beings similar to humans) Our heroine is a shaman who keeps the nastier variety out of the human world and is happy with her lot, until the plight of a 14yr old girl spirited away by fairies entices her into entering the 'otherworld' to try and get her back. Doing so exposes things about herself and her possible future that shake up all her expectations and beliefs.

Well written, well rounded storyline with a good central character and the promise of future books without leaving the reader disappointed with an annoying cliffhanger meaning the book is wholly unresolved. Excellent
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prophecies and storms 6 Sep 2008
By Helen Hancox TOP 500 REVIEWER
Richelle Mead has a very readable style. Although her books look like lots of others in this genre, indeed they often follow similar patterns in terms of plot and action, this author's ability to write in an interesting and well-paced style marks these books above many others. This latest book, 'Storm Born', takes a break from her Succubus series and introduces us to a very different heroine - Eugenie Markham - living in a different world. Eugenie is a powerful shaman, someone who banishes the gentry (spirits, fey and otherworldy beasts) to the Underworld or the Otherworld. She's been trained by her stepfather Roland to help dispose of the odds and ends that can irritate people's lives - running shoes that are possessed, that kind of thing. However Eugenie has begun to find that things seem to be different in her world. For a start, most of the spirits and fey seem less interested in killing her and more in romancing her; secondly they all seem to know her name now; and, thirdly, the hot man she's just met is definitely something out of the ordinary.

Eugenie is discovering that there's more to her than she originally thought. Is she destined for something rather more than just exorcising spirits? With the help of her very reluctant and potentially murderous bound spirits, with her rather foxy boyfriend, with a fairy King who has an unusual taste for tying people up, can Eugenie uncover her full powers and can she understand her role in the history of war between the gentry and humans?

This book appeared to be the first in a series in that although it reached some sort of a conclusion there were many ends left open. The focus of the story wasn't just on Eugenie's powers and battling against evil spirits but was also about Eugenie learning about herself and reading other people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark Swan is Storm Born 27 Aug 2009
Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who works a bustling trade banishing spirits and fairies who cross into the mortal world. Eugenie is soon hired to rescue a teenage girl who has been abducted into the Otherworld. However there is far more going on here than just this case... Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy -- one that uncovers dark secrets about her heritage and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of all the worlds.

This novel was very mixed for me. On the one hand it was quite atmospheric and a little unusual in the shamanism concept -- although the plot was something done a million times before (and better for that matter). I did like it. But on the other hand, I felt that the plot arc was far too unfocused and all over the place to really be as compelling as it could have been. Mead spread herself too thin trying to do everything at once; revealing Eugenie's heritage, bringing in Storm King prophecies, having Eugenie avoiding rape by various gentry all through the book, a love triangle that sees her questioning the mens' true motives, the spirit servitor Volusian continually threatening to kill her etc etc. There's a lot more but that would be spoilery. I wish Storm Born had been condensed down because a few of these plot threads: the Volusian one, the motives of Dorian the fairy king, and the Storm King prophecies were all most interesting and would bear the most fruit plot-wise. All these and the political intrigue kept me reading and they're the things I want to see expanded. Unfortunately, all these plotlines get bogged down here in too much domestic chore and mundane inanities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awsome
This book I thoroughly enjoyed and really didn't want to put it down it only took a day too read can't wait to read the other 2'now
Published 3 months ago by sarzzzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Similar to the Meredith Gentry series - highly recomended
A great urban fantasy series that has similarities to Meredith Gentry with its strong female who inherits a throne and has many enemies trying to stop or kill her. Loved it
Published 7 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Author
Really recommend this author. She creates another world, simply explained making it so easy to slip away into the book for several hours at a time.
Published 11 months ago by Miss K. Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Urban Fantasy.
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
26-year-old Eugenie Markham is a shaman who makes her money by banishing disruptive fey and spirits from the human world
Something... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars storm born
A great start to the dark swan books (4 in all). If you are all vampired out but still want something with the same vibe read dark swan.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars mysterious
once again she leaves you in suspense as to what is going to happen next in the series will be buying more of her books
Published 17 months ago by angel
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED IT
AMAZING I LOVED it because it was amazing I can almost not put it into words it's a great book
Published 20 months ago by Paige Scarlett-Pitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Really awesome!
Being such a huge fan of Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy and Bloodlines YA series, I was eager to try out her adult series too, thinking, as everything else she writes is amazing,... Read more
Published on 7 Jun 2012 by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars original and fun read, great main character

I am a great fan of Richelle Mead. After reading her Vampire Academy series (which I would highly recommend) I thought I would give this a try. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2012 by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This is the first book out of a series of 4.

Before embarking on this series, it is important to know that the protagonist may or may not be someone whose life the... Read more
Published on 8 May 2012 by Mrs. Wang
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