Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on August 19, 2014
Series: Storm Siren Trilogy #1
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: Finished Copy from Publisher
Also in this series: Siren's Fury
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
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.
Reading Challenges: COYER
Storm Siren is going to be one of the Young Adult Fantasy greats. The kind of book that people are still talking about years from now and the kind of book where the hype gets bigger and bigger for each book. It already is that way for me. I absolutely loved this book! I devoured in one sitting. I was waiting to get my car repaired and it was the only time that I wasn’t bored to tears in the waiting room. The book started off on the right note for me- it had a map of the world right at the start of the book. Personally, I think this should be a necessary addition to every fantasy book creating a new world. It just helps me paint the picture of the lands in my mind. So when the author is throwing out new locations and people, you are not as confused.
I loved the world that Mary Weber created. There are a lot a new names, and like any fantasy book, it takes a minute to gain your bearings in the new world, but Mary does a fantastic job immersing you within the culture right away. I never felt overly lost. I did wish for a little more back story on each of the different lands, but I think we will learn more in the next book. The action in the book starts in the very first chapter and we get a glimpse into the incredible powers that Nym has. She is a forbidden creature- an elemental and she can control storms and weather. Elementals are normally men and are killed on sight, so no one knows what exactly to make of her. She is a slave and after a fiasco at her slave auction, she is bought by a wealthy noble woman. That is where the real story starts. Watching Nym’s powers develop was one of the most thrilling part of the book for me. She is incredible!
I loved the cast of characters. Nym and Eogan, along with Breck and Collin created a great group. I didn’t love Breck as much as I wanted to and I was disappointed with Adora, but there were so many other things going on and characters for me to enjoy that I was never lacking in excitement while reading. I loved the hint of romance with Nym and Eogan. The romance is all about subtlety in this installment, but it plants the seed of much to come in the next book. If we can get past that nasty cliffhanger, that is! The less obvious romance, just made me love Eogan all the more. I can’t wait for the next book. It is the kind of series that I know will jump to the top of my reading list whenever a new book comes out.
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