Title: Storm Born
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Kensington – Zebra
I found this mass-market paperback on the freebie table at BaltiCon and at first glance, it appeared to be just one more of the current crop of urban fantasies. I was very pleasantly surprised.
The blurb starts simply: “Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world.”
That premise is merely a setup for a very well-crafted tale that puts a new spin on the fey vs mortal world conflict. Ms. Mead’s writing creates characters with flaws and foibles that are believable and yet just a tad larger-than-life. The first few conflicts are minor skirmishes between Eugenie and we see her as a kick-ass-and-take-names type. Her parents have convinced her that all fey are totally evil beings, concerned only with conquering our realm. Imagine how hard it becomes for her to find this may not be the case? And what’s worse, she actually finds some of them incredibly attractive!
Although this tale is not for the kiddies, there are some tasteful and yet sublimely kinky sex scenes that had this reader alternating between a leer and a chuckle.
If you like Kim Harrison, Charline Harris and Mercedes Lackey, then you’re going to want to take your time and savor Storm Born. Don’t wait for the freebie table.
I give it five pasties!