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 discovers that she is part of a prophecy where her child will destroy our world. Soon, all sorts of creatures try to either kill or rape her. Eugenie discovers her roots and learns to use her powers with the help of Dorian, the fairy king. Did I mention that Dorian was sexy? Dorian probably has the best lines in the book. Lines that make you want to melt... Dorian's training methods might make some readers uncomfortable as they do involve a lot of knot tying.The supporting characters add humor and color to the story. Kiyo, the shapeshifting fox, is equally at home in both the fairy world and our world and serves as both a lover and protector of Eugenie. One of Eugenie's minions - Volusian - is especially memorable. While his spirit is bound to Eugenie, he must do her bidding. Should he be released from his bounds, he will most definitely kill her. I'm looking forward to reading [b:Thorn Queen|5996209|Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2)|Richelle Mead|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51cDx7kWqjL._SL75_.jpg|6170488].