Friday, September 19, 2008

“Storm Born” by Richelle Mead

FROM THE BOOKCOVER:
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 is the start of a new series from the author of the “Succubus” urban fantasy books. Eugenie or Odile as she is most often referred to is a powerful shaman and spends most of her time free-lancing by exorcising demons and destroying pesky fae. Often the opening line of a novel speaks volumes about what is yet to come –
“I’d seen weirder things than a haunted shoe, but not many.”
Surprisingly there were fewer instances of this initial wry humour as the novel progressed. There is however lots of action with a little romance thrown in for good measure. Odile has several demon sidekicks available at her beck and call as backup on dangerous missions. Her search for the missing teenager takes her to the highly perilous Otherworld where previously she had only ventured for brief minutes. Odile learns she has a bigger then life destiny in the fate of both worlds. And everyone wants a piece of her – lovers and bad guys both.

Mead packs a lot of events, back story and character development into 374 pages but somehow I found myself suffering from deja vu. Her shaman character is likable enough and accumulates a variety of skills and powers with the promise of more to come, but just didn’t grab me or seem to standout from the crowded kickass heroine lineup available today. Storm Born’s Otherworld lacks a meaningful dark edge found in other sidhe/faerie portrayals and reminds me more of a rough and tumble old England with magic. It just doesn’t seem to measure up to the implied world-changing events yet to come.

Overall Storm Born is still a solid action urban fantasy but I cannot find a compelling reason to add it to my recommendation list.

Read an excerpt from Chapter One.

6 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad you stopped by my blog. I didn't know you were here, but now I do. This is an excellent site!

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  2. I liked this book, although I agree the humour dries up quickly in this and I like the quirky succubus books better.

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  3. Hey SQT thanks for the kind words. I drop by the your Book Reviews and the Blog whenever I can. Good stuff!

    Hagelrat the Succubus books are good reads. I liked Storm Born too but it just didn't grab me.

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  4. Hmmn, I read and liked Storm Born but sounds like I need to check out the Succubus books as well. Very nice site by the way.

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  5. Hi FantasyBookLover thanks for dropping by. Of all her series I like the Succubus series the best, although the YA Academy series is a close second.

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  6. Hi FantasyBookLover thanks for dropping by. Of all her series I like the Succubus series the best, although the YA Academy series is a close second.

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