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STORM BORN
RICHELLE MEAD
ISBN#: 978-1-4201-0096-3
August 2008
Zebra Books
850 Third Ave, New York, New York 10022
Mass Market Paperback
$6.99
384 Pages
Paranormal Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Eugenia Markham is also known as Odile, the Black Swan. A shaman, she is a sort of hit man of the Otherworld, determined to protect her world from the one beyond. Lately, the creatures from the otherworld want to have sex with her as much as kill her.

Kiyo Marquez is a kitsume, a fox shape shifter. He was sent to keep an eye on Eugenia, but she is much more than he imagined and he can not stay away.

The denizens of the Otherworld seem to have Eugenia Markham in their sights even more than usual lately. An assignment that takes her into the other realm to rescue a young girl kidnapped by the gentry provides information about her heritage that her parents have been hiding from her. In fact, everyone seems to be keeping secrets from her.

The characters in this novel combine Celtic, Greek, Native American, and Far Eastern mythology, which should be confusing, but works well here. There are many creatures that I have never heard of, but the author describes them well. Eugenia is at a disadvantage for much of the story since everyone knows the story of her heritage except for her. The lies and secrets affect her relationships throughout the story and are not totally resolved by story’s end. I loved the variety of characters from both worlds. Eugenia’s minions are great and funny at times. Volusian is an especially good character, giving good advice while reminding her that he will kill her violently some day. Aeson, Maewenn, and Dorian have their own agendas. Jasmine may be a victim or not. Kiyo is a bit confusing and time will tell where his true loyalties lie. The plot is full of action and danger and the trips into the Otherworld are the highlights of this gripping story.

Maura
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