Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy #1
Also in this series: Siren's Fury
Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers on August 19th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, Religious, Christian, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic
Also by this author: Siren's Fury
eARC provided by Thomas Nelson Publishers
“There are few things more exciting to discover than adebut novel packed with powerful storytelling and beautiful language.StormSiren is one of those rarities. I'll read anything Mary Weber writes. More,please!” —JAY ASHER,New YorkTimes bestselling author of ThirteenReasons Why
“StormSiren is a riveting tale from start to finish. Between the simmering romance, the rich and inventive fantasy world, and one seriously jaw-dropping finale, readers will clamor for the next book—and I'll be at the front of the line!” —MARISSA MEYER,NewYork Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles.
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don't want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
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 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.
Nym is an elemental. The thing that makes her really unique is that she is a female, and apparently they are really rare. Most elementals are killed at birth. Nym became an orphan really early and was sold to the highest bidder. The story starts with Nym being sold for the 5th time. This time she is bought by a court adviser. The woman who buys her wants to use her as a weapon for the kingdom of Faelan. Nym doesn’t want to be a weapon, but she does want to learn to control her power.
I really enjoyed getting to known Nym. Nym is damaged and she has a pretty cool power. She is witty and snarky. I did like her come-backs. Nym is really tormented throughout the story because she has done some awful things, and she has so much guilt. Nym can control weather. She can throw lightening, and make hail among other things. She has accidentally killed people. When pushed she is fierce. Adora sees her potential and she orders her to be trained with Eogan, another elemental, who has helped others master their power. Nym is a reluctant killer. She hates killing. Nym is not going to be the powerful killer Adora wants, but if she doesn’t do something she will be hanged.
Eogan, Nym’s trainer, is a mystery throughout the story. I loved how Nym just saw him as a teacher at first. Not only is Eogan shouting out orders to Nym and other student, Colin, but he also is really moody person. His hot and cold behavior put me off at first. I wasn’t sure if he liked Nym. I loved her paling around with the other “student” Colin. They sneak out and have secrets they keep from Eogan. Colin is a bit narcissistic but keeps Nym from feeling lonely.
The world building in this book is pretty fantastic. We start at auction block, then move in with Adora in her lavish home, and then we do some traveling with the other elementals. The details given for the scenery helped me envision the world. I really loved the scene with the wolf the best. Eogan tells her to kill a wolf. Nym really doesn’t want to. It ends up being a test for Nym and she passes it. I nearly teared up at this point in the book. The prose in this story is pretty powerful.
The problems I had with this story, were that there is a lot of information given. I didn’t understand Adora’s purpose, or why the kingdom was at war. The answers are given in snippets throughout the story and I found I really had to pay attention to figure things out. I think some terms/places/people in this book will be better explained in future books (at least I hope) but it was frustrating for me to be kept in the dark about things. Keeping that in mind, I still enjoyed this book a whole lot.
I am really excited to read the next book in this series. This book combines magic with fantasy in beautiful prose that kept my attention.
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I do realize I am a little late for the party, but better late than never.