Publication Date: August 14, 2008
Date Read: January 17, 2011
From Goodreads:I actually read this book months ago before I even started blogging so I didn't write a review when I first read it. I have just finished book 2 in this series so before writing my review for that I would try and write a review for the first book based on what I remember,
Just typical. No love life to speak of for months, then all at once, every 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...
I loved this book. I originally picked it up just because it was wrote by Richelle Mead. I loved her Vampire Academy series and really wanted to read her other works. This book is very different from VA but equally as amazing.
Eugenie is a shaman, known as Odile, Dark Swan. Her job is to rid the human world of dark spirits, demons and fae who cross over from the Otherworld. She despises going into the Otherworld and avoids it at all costs if she can. But then Eugenie stumbles across a case she can't ignore. A human girl kidnapped and taken into the Otherworld. In her attempt to find her and bring her back Eugenie stumbles across a lot of family secrets, including who and what she is.
I was immediately sucked into this book. I read it in about 2 days which is really quick for me to read a book that is almost 500 pages but I couldn't put it down. I was addicted to this world that Richelle has built and the characters she has created. Every time I put the book down all I was thinking was what would happen next in this book with these characters.
I instantly loved Eugenie, she is such a great character. She is so strong and won't take no crap from anyone. Who doesn't love to read a book with a main character with that attitude? I was amazed at how well she dealt with everything and took everything in her stride as she started discovering all of these secrets about herself and her family and finding out who she is.
Kiyo, what can I say about Kiyo? Well first of all I loved him and thought he was sweet but then as I read more my feeling towards him started to turn a bit sour. I think he's a great character but I don't really love him as I usually do the love interest in these kinds of books. I just felt there was something about him that I didn't like and I really don't like him by the end of this book either. I am definitely Team Dorian all the way. I love him. I love how funny he is and every scene Dorian was in I found myself laughing. He is definitely my favourite character and I can't wait to see what Dorian and Eugenie's relationship will be like in the next book.
I thought this was a great start to a new series and I am really excited to see what happens next. Both with the plot (after the shock ending) and with the characters relationships. Richelle is indeed a literary genius and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.