Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy #2
Also in this series: Storm Siren
Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Religious, Christian, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Dystopian
Also by this author: Storm Siren
eARC provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers
"I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it's no use. The curse I've spent my entire life abhorring--the thing I trained so hard to control--no longer exists."
Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.
Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he's brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.
As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can't let go.
*This review will contain spoilers for Storm Siren*
So, the end of Storm Siren was a bit of a cliffhanger. Eogan and Nym have won and they are now safe and happy together. Except they are not because Eogan isn’t really himself. The evil Draewulf is now inhabiting Eogan’s body. Nym is beside herself and decides to follow Eogan, (who is actually Draewolf), as he goes home to the Bron Kingdom to claim his throne. She has to stow away on a ship, but even after she is discovered Draewolf lets her live. He wants something from her, but first he needs to take away her elemental power.
So yea, this story really frustrated me. Nym is completely powerless throughout most of this story. She is sneaking around with Rasha and Myles, and she isn’t completely honest with either of them. She just wants Eogan back so she does some stupid stuff which puts herself in danger. I didn’t enjoy the world building as much. The kingdom looked pretty good when Nym got off the ship, but after that there wasn’t a lot of details about locations. Also, the airships weren’t well explained. Maybe they were in the first book, but I just didn’t catch it.
I felt like we were waiting for stuff to happen for a long time in this story. Second book syndrome, ya for the most part this book had it. The most exciting thing was the boat ride there and the airship out. I have to admit some really cool stuff happened to Nym, but it could have happened with less build up. There was more magic in this book, well maybe not MORE but it was different. Does that make any sense? There was more variety in the magic and some of the rules are set up for the magic.
Reading Storm Siren, I felt like Eogan was a really important character. He was mostly absent from this story. The characters talked about him a whole lot and he is the focal point, since freeing him is all Nym wants, but he isn’t really there. There was a so much about Eogan revealed late in Storm Siren that I hoped would be explored in this story and that just didn’t happen. Hopefully with the next book we will get more of Nym and him interacting and fighting together, now that she has more control.
Something about Nym that is really bothering me at this point. People keep telling her what to do! She is seeking approval and then not even trying to earn favor from those people. For example; Rasha tells her not to do something, but then when she does it, she tries to hide it from Rasha. Also, everyone knows more about Nym’s power then Nym. That’s annoying! Nym should have figured a lot of stuff out way earlier in the book and then maybe she wouldn’t be used so much.
So I know this sounds like a negative review, but I am invested enough to read the next book in this series. I hope Nym has some character growth and we get to see more of Eogan and Nym together as a couple in Siren’s Song.