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Storm Born

(Dark Swan #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  33,094 ratings  ·  1,585 reviews
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
Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Zebra
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Tiffany Campbell No, completely unrelated. But still Richelle Mead's style of writing!…moreNo, completely unrelated. But still Richelle Mead's style of writing!(less)
Dominique I like Dorian. He's comical and honest to a fault. Kiyo hs that strong brute things going on but he doesn't do anything for me. Dorian and Eug (lol) h…moreI like Dorian. He's comical and honest to a fault. Kiyo hs that strong brute things going on but he doesn't do anything for me. Dorian and Eug (lol) have very witty interactions that are endearing, especially when you keep reading the series. I love of all of Richelle Mead's novels!(less)

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Kat Kennedy
Did you hear that sound? That sound, right there? Okay, well, it's either the sound of my heart forsaking Mead for all eternity, or there's a murderer whose broken into your house and is SNEAKING UP BEHIND YOU!!!!!

axe murderer
Look over your shoulder just to check that I'm wrong. You know you want to do it!

Storm Born, the tragic tale of a woman forced by cruel fate to be hit on by ALL the men. Yes. That's what this story is about. Okay, there are fairies and she has to recover some damsel in distress but bas
Edit (19/5/2020):
Lately, I had a bit of bad luck when it came to books, I was more often disappointed than not. So, that's a perfect time for a re-read of I book that I've loved, right?

And I still do! There is not much for me to say other than that I had an absolute blast reading this. I was grinning, laughing, I was enjoying what I was reading.

“Oh, God. I’m trapped in the fucking Chronicles of Narnia."
"I’m sure that would be an amusing reference, if I understood it.”

This is one of the few book
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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When I was a teenager and did not know the difference between good fiction and bad fiction, I used to sit and read stories on this site called Quizilla - which, funnily enough, mostly had bad fiction. There, I read a lot of anime fanfiction and original fiction paranormal romance stories usually involving vampires or demons. One of the common themes? The heroine was nearly always a virgin and whoever won the sexual race/lottery and got t
Helen 2.0
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
"You would do better to find someone milder and more malleable. Someone less ambitious."

I considered his words. Maybe he was right. Maybe. "Men without ambition are boring."

"And that attitude, mistress, is why the females of your kind continue to struggle for equality. And why they continue to fail."

Storm Born follows the adventures of Eugenie Markham aka "Odile", a shaman who banishes ghosts, elementals, and fairy gentry in odd jobs from her home in the desert. While trying to resc
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Richelle Mead is one of those authors who's grown on me, slowly but steadily, since I first discovered her ten(ish) years ago. At this point, I've pretty much read everything she's written (BLOODLINES being the one exception), but for whatever reason, she's never one of my obvious choices whenever someone asks me who my favorite authors are.

DARK SWAN is a perfect analogy for my relationship with with Mead.

My most recent (and more than likely last) reread of the series ha
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of female lead urban fantasy with a fair amount of sex
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Read with the Urban Fantasy crew at Buddies Books & Baubles

WARNING: BEWARE OF THE BERMUDA-LOVE-TRIANGLE: Okay look love triangles are one of those things that I will put up with in a story if I like everything else but at the same time they bug the shit out of me. Emotionally I struggle with them because I’m an ALL-IN kind of girl so I never really understand it. I’m the kind of girl that always just casually dated until I found one person that I meshed with better than the others I was dating a
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fans of S&M/bondage kind of smut
Shelves: 2009, urban-fantasy
I love Mead's Vampire Academy series, like Succubus books as well; naturally I expected to enjoy Storm Born too. Unfortunately, I was wrong. In fact, I couldn't believe how bad it was. Did Richelle actually write this?

First of all, the plot itself was very weak. There was no point to the story, no climax, just a few things thrown together with no purpose. Events seemed to have been made up just to fill in the space between the sex scenes. Characters were unrelatable, unlikable, acted irrationall
Emily May
Mar 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal-uf, 2011
I could not get into this at all. I'm a big Richelle Mead fan since reading her Succubus series but I feel she majorly let herself down with this one. I didn't care for Eugenie Markham once during this novel, I felt no real connection with her and she didn't even have the witty sarcasm that I so loved about Georgina Kincaid. The plot was weak and just generally messy, that's not even mentioning the weird mythology overkill that interested me about as much as watching paint dry... I couldn't tell ...more
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to Catherine by: Shannon Doerfler
This was a pretty average first book in a series. It wasn't bad and it wasn't really good, it was just...there. The world building wasn't particularly developed, which was rather disappointing. Because I found Eugenie irritating and her love triangle boring, I was hoping for an intricate world to capture my attention. No such luck.

The beginning of this book seemed to crawl by. Maybe it just felt tedious as the author set up the story and world? I don't know, all I know is that it dragged until a
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I knew it was going to be a different sort of book when the first couple pages talked about a haunted shoe. I can’t say that I have ever read a book with haunted clothing before. One of the things I appreciate in the over-crowded world of urban fantasy is when an author makes an attempt to build a world with interesting and unique creatures. If the only thing you read about is vampires, that can be very boring. I liked Richelle Mead’s world building in this book with elementals, water spirits, g ...more
Aug 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

Another Wednesday, another Urban Fantasy series... Because we love the Fae and all the chaos that surrounds them at BB&B!!!

We got dunked in action from the first sentence in this first book of the "Dark Swan Series". Eugenie Markham, aka Odile Dark Swan, is one baaaad chick!!! She is confronted by an ancient Death Spirit, who so happens, at this moment has moved to live in a dude's shoe! And not just any old shoe, his lucky racing fancy sneakers!!! Not to worry! Eugenie has been called
Not a bad start for a new series!

While I can't say this book was "wow!!", it was good enough to make me really curious about the next one.
I like the world builder and I love the fact that it's fast-paced.
Dunno what to say about the main char yet, but she has potential. Let's see how this goes!
Julie (jjmachshev)
Aug 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008-reads
Fascinating! I couldn't put "Storm Born" by Richelle Mead down! I read her 'succubus' series, but this is so much more. More fantasy, more characters, more worlds, and WAY hot fae, humans, and shifters (kitsune).

Eugenie, Odile, Dark Swan...she's all these, and now she's about to find out that she's also so much more she never knew. Eugenie is a powerful shaman who banishes spirits and fey out of the mortal world into either hell or back to their world, depending on their crime. She's never actua
Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dare I say I loved this more than the Georgina Kincaid series?
Well at least, compared to Succubus Heat, Storm Born is better written, more exciting and most of all: funnier.

Meet Eugenie Markham aka Odile Dark Swan, a powerful shaman who protects the human world from Fay, spirits and other Otherworldly creatures. Due to a series of unfortunate incidents, attacks for her life, a conspiracy and indecent proposals from just about every male Fay creature, Eugenie finds out some pretty interesting t
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very much enjoyed this book while realising simultaneously that I am a crushing book snob!
When wondering how many stars to give this book I wanted to give it 4 stars. Then I thought about a couple of real (here comes the snob bit) 'quality' books that I have also awarded 4 stars. Was one type of book 'better' than another? How do we measure a book's worth. Is it an intellectual exercise, an emotional one?
Well I'm sure we would answer this in different ways. I think for me, I measure within a g
Wendy Darling
Fun fun fun! I love Vampire Academy but I haven't been able to get into the Georgina Kincaid books as much, so it's great to find that this series is so entertaining. Eugenie, like all of Richelle Mead's heroines, is a kick-ass character and both Kiyo and Dorian are appealing in different ways. Some great action scenes, in both the battle field and the bedroom. Looking forward to starting Thorn Queen. ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I friggin' loved that this UF had a kitsune! How cool is that?

I love Richelle Mead -- her Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series are two of my absolute favorite YAs and UFs... so it's about time I got around to starting her adult series. :P
Fani *loves angst*
2.5 stars

I can't write a review about this but here are my thoughts:

1. I liked the worlds Mead built in this one. Complex and simple at the same time and very intriguing.
2. It was fast paced, full of action and easy to read.
3. There was a love triangle, something I like lately.
4. There was a lot of chemistry and passion between the heroine and one of her potential love interests and I really liked them together although most readers disagree with me.
5. The second hero although bland at the
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
DNF - 54%


Yes, well, I am at 54% and I'm going to stop. I honestly don't care much about any of the characters.

Eugenie? Strong, but not so strong, but strong. And she hates fairies, but she kind of likes them after all, but she hates them. Bah! So annoying. Not to mention she tells her stepdad that faeries are out to bed her, but he keeps quiet about everything. And the big-evil-father is so obvious, I dare people to say they did not see that one coming.

Kyio? First guy to get inside Eugenie's pa
And here I come, this is my comeback to fantasy, it only took me two-ish years!

I have only read one series by Richelle Mead and that's Vampire Academy; I read that one when I was 13-ish and honestly, I don't remember much of the plot and writing style so, I really was shocked with this book.

There will be some spoilers

I really liked this book!!! I'm giving it 3 stars because I can see this series growing, and I will keep the 5-star rating when I can feel Dorian as the sole love interest. This boo
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Even though it took me a while to read this book, with other books coming out and all the trips I've been going on, it was amazing.

I am a HUGE Vampire Academy fan, so when I went to Borders to get a few new books I wanted to read Richelle Mead's Succubus Blues series. Unfortunately, they were out of stock of the first installment, so I went with the Dark Swan series instead!
Feb 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Storm Born has one of the funnier opening scenes that I have read in a while involving a haunted shoe. It also has a very sexy fairy king who is very good at tying complicated knots. Add in a prophecy about the heroine's unborn and unconceived child, and a shapeshifting fox, and you have a very fun read.

Eugenie Markham, or Odile Dark Swan is a shaman who banishes spirits and fey from our world. She is hired to find a missing human child and must travel to the Otherworld to find her. There, she d
This is a decent start to a series. Solid world building and interesting charcters are introduced. It is a very sexy book - shockingly sexy almost. But for me, something kept it from being great. I did not connect with the heroine and I almost didn't care what happened. I enjoyed her interactions with Kiyo and Dorian and then her interactions with her imprisoned spirits, those were the highlights for me. I listened to the audio and the narration is decent.

I may just be all Meaded out as I just f
Brandi Kosiner
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read storm born because I have really enjoyed all of Mead's books, both adult and young adult. I have avoided this one for a while because I wasn't really sure about the whole shaman aspect of it but I think I just didn't really understand what that meant.

The main character is Eugenie and she basically uses magic to banish creatures such as the fae or other creatures that are causing problems for humans. She either kills them our she send them back to the Other world.

The romance i
Carolyn  Storer
This is the first in the new Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead, author of the incredibly successful Vampire Academy and Succubus novels.

Eugenie Markham (aka Odile) is a head-strong and independent character who is instantly likable. The opening few pages quickly sucked me into Eugenie's life as a Shaman with humour and combat as she fights to banish a spirit from a haunted running shoe! This book is full of action and for the most part the plot is fast-paced and when one fight ends another one
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
Much to my chagrin, I did not like Storm Born. I was just irritated from start to finish with this book, and the source: Eugenie Markham. For some reason, I just could not stand Eugenie. Throughout the whole book, I just kept thinking something along the lines of, "Wow, Eugenie is really a bitch." I don't even know where to start with what I didn't like about her, so suffice it to say that I didn't.

I actually liked the idea of the book, but Eugenie as the narrator diminished that small flame of
Stacia (the 2010 club)
***Series re-read with friends in preparation for final book release - December 2011***
Original review score : 3.5 stars. I think I'll be keeping this rating.

Notes upon second read :

After having my opinions muddled by reading all 3 books and finding myself with conflicting feelings regarding all of the characters in the series, it was nice to go back to the start and relive some of the original love that I felt for Kiyo before everything started to go downhill. I found myself trying to decipher
♔ Leah.
Initially, this book was rated 2 stars but because I'm a sadistic, spiteful bitch I knocked a star off because I realised that Storm Born is just a soap opera within a soap opera. In a nutshell, Storm Born is a melodramatic pile of bullshit that could put Days of Our Lives or Eastenders to shame.

First of all, I love faery folklore or any mythology of any sorts so this book perked an interest for me— only I was disappointed. Mead's attempt at world-building just seemed rushed and I don't think M
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Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, and Vampire Academy.

A life-long reader, Richelle has always loved mythology and folklore. When she can actually tear herself away f

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