Richelle Mead's Dark Swan series consists of four books which are as follows: Storm Born, Thorn Queen, Iron Crowned, and Shadow Heir. The series follow 26-year-old Eugenie Markham who is a "shaman-for-hire" in Tucson, Arizona. In Storm Born, Eugenie crosses to the fairy world to try to rescue a teenager who was abducted by a member of the fair folk (or as Eugenie likes to call them, gentry). Along with three spirits she keeps around to help her, Eugenie finds unlikely allies in a powerful shape-shifter and a puckish fairy king.
Contains examples of:
- Elemental Shapeshifter: If a fairy isn't powerful enough to cross into the human form in its own body it may take on the form of an element, such as a humanoid-ice-creature.
- The Fair Folk: Dorian, a fairy king, is one of the main characters. A portion of the novels even take place in the fairy world.
- Magic Pants: There is no explanation given for how the shapeshifting characters obtain clothes after they turn back.
- Shapeshifter Baggage: A powerful kistune can change into different sizes of fox.