I have to start by saying this book is way outside of my typical genre of choice, so I am stepping out of my comfort zone by reading and reviewing this book, a young adult fantasy novel. But after hearing all the buzz around this book, how could I possibly pass up the opportunity to review it? I want to remind readers that the lens through which I write this review is colored by my love of historical fiction.
Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Storm Siren, Book 1
Thomas Nelson, 2014
Can we take a moment to talk about how perfect this book cover is? Book covers should be a reader’s first glimpse into a story, and this cover does an outstanding job at communicating what to expect from the book. Just look at it.
Fascinating world building, interesting powers, and warring nations take center stage in this novel. Storm Siren follows Nym, the fierce heroine who struggles to control the power she wields. As an Elemental, she is able to manipulate the weather and elements around her, which has caused her to unintentionally hurt people.
Her determination to not let others use her is palpable, yet she must learn to be in command of her abilities. The powers that have filled her with fear and hesitation can be used in confidence if she can focus and learn.
She is strong yet broken. Stubborn yet insecure. Powerful yet vulnerable. The juxtaposition of these qualities in Nym complicates how she reconciles her power with who she is. Is she capable of good? Or is she doomed to use her powers for evil?
Is her power a curse or a gift?
As fantasy is a stretch for me, I did run into a couple problems. Some parts of the world building confused me. Between the different kings, kingdoms, and who’s at war with who, it’s a lot to process. I was a bit disoriented, so I don’t think I grasped everything.
I also don’t understand why Elemental females were thought to be impossible. Did I miss the explanation for that or is it yet to be revealed? I’m curious…
The ending. We can’t forget to talk about the ending. Talk about a roller coaster! What just happened??? What. Just. Happened.
Rating: 3 stars
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Summary (from the publisher’s website):
“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.