Let’s bring on the fantasy again!
Fantasy has always been popular with me, to my great surprise there have been many wonderful fantasy releases! Yay! This just means more reading material and fantasy adventures. I can deal with that. Today’s book is a gripping fantasy book that delves into the world of elementals, one particularly with the power of storms.
- Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 352 pages
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse – and the girl – can be controlled.
As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth – meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.
Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.
Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.
But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?
Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.
My Review: Storm Siren was an intense ride full of action that I devoured within hours. The world that Mary created was unique, full of a rich culture and diverse characters. It’s a fantasy read that shouldn’t be overlooked!
We’re introduced to our main character Nymeria, known as Nym, on the slave block. She’s been sold and resold as a slave fourteen times. There’s a reason for this. She has powers that she believes are dangerous and she has no control over. She’s an Elemental and her kind have been wiped out for fear of these powers. When she accidently kills one slave keeper with lightning, she fears death. However, she’s sold to the Noble lady Adora. Adora turns out to be the king’s advisor and she wants Nym to save Faelan, the country that enslaved her and killed her people. She begins training immediately with the hot Eogan to conquer her powers. With his help she does learn to control her power and becomes aware of it’s strikingly beautiful ability. She strikes a friendship with another trainee named Colin. Unfortunately Nym doesn’t want to kill anymore. She had done this too many times by accident, never on purpose. However, if she doesn’t help the kingdom she will be put to death.
First off, the cover is gorgeous. It’s what drew my attention first. It was the story and characters that won me over. The plot was intense with twist and turns like a road map. Mary’s words flowed with powerful action scenes and descriptive settings. I’ve always loved the concept of Elementals, like storm from X-men. With such power comes the consequences that those powers can bring. Nym had so much guilt for what her powers had done to her previous owners she had tattooed herself as a reminder. It was nice to see a strong female character that had a conscious. She thought she was a monster until she met Eogan and Colin. She grew from being a depressed girl to a strong, independent woman. Her story was depressing at the beginning, the way she lived her life but she never let that beat her down. She conquered her past as well as her powers.
The secondary character brought Nym out of her shell. Eogan was the hot love interest that pushes Nym to control her power. He’s mysterious and charming. He’s a private person and it takes time for us to learn his story. The dynamic interaction between Eogan and Nym is heart melting. There’s tension filled emotions with epic outcomes. He may act hard and uncaring, but deep down he does care. Colin was a wonderful sidekick who cared for Nym. I’m glad there wasn’t a love triangle here. I get tired of that immensely.
Storm Siren was an epic high fantasy read that didn’t dwell too much on world building, as more on the main character. There were great twist and turns within the plot. The romance was full of tension but the sweet kind. It wasn’t forced. It developed slowly and for good reason, Nym had to train! Unfortunately the ending is a cliffhanger. Booooo! Boy what a cliffhanger though. I can’t wait for the second book Storm Fury!!! Bring on the storm!
About the Author:
Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.
Until next read!