Young Adult

Storm Siren | Mary Weber

StormSirenSynopsis

“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.

My Thoughts

Storm Siren is YA-MAZING!! Mary Weber delivers a spectacular fantasy world full of danger, intrigue, and action. I have to admit that I am not well versed in the fantasy genre. The extent of my deviations into the genre are the Narnia series and Lord of the Rings, and I am kicking myself for not grabbing this book when it was released. I will not make the same mistake when book #2 Siren’s Fury releases next year.

Let me begin by sharing how much I loved the female protagonist, Nymia aka Nym. She is no cookie cutter heroine– in fact, she is quite the opposite. As an Elemental, Nym has the power to conjure up storms and destruction, but lacks the ability to control her gifts. This lack of control makes death, including the death of her parents, a constant but unwelcome companion in her life. As a result, Nym possesses a fair amount of self loathing which presents itself through her sarcasm, rebelious behavior, and overwhelming desire to protect life.

The story opens as Nym, who was sold into slavery when her parents died, is purchased by her fifteenth owner Lady Adora. Wielding her political influence, Lady Adora has secretly sought out Elementals to protect her castle and the kingdom of Faelen. This is how Nym meets Breck, Colin, and her trainer Eogan. I found the duo of a blind servant named Breck and her power wielding brother Colin (a Terrene) to be hilariously lovable. Furthermore, the character of Eogan came across as secretive and wise. It’s under Eogan’s tutelage, Nym begins to gain self-control and a budding attraction forms between the two. As the war with Bron reaches explosive levels friendships are forged while the teams skills and alliances are tested.

Due to the fact that the book was published by a Christian publishing company, Thomas Nelson, I expected more Christian elements. DISCLOSURE: The following may only be my own desire to find these elements and not the author’s intentions for the book. First would be that Nym seeks atonement and redemption for her past actions by doing good deeds (believers know that this is impossible apart from Christ). Without giving away too much – there is a character that has the ability to turn hearts to stone. I found this to be reminiscent of Ez 36:26 “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Especially after a character state that “Not until I discovered the Valley of Origin did something alter in me…”. What is the Valley of Origin? It’s a place remarkably similar (in my opinion) to the Garden of Eden. Lastly, is the mention of self sacrificing love that leads to true freedom. You’ll have to read and let me know if you saw these same elements.

Storm Siren’s intriguing plot and remarkably bizarre cast of characters and fantasy beasts held me captive until the end. Which… I should mention was a GASP inducing cliff hanger! Whether fantasy is your normal cup of tea or not I encourage you to add this one to your TBR ASAP. I give Mary Weber’s debut novel Storm Siren 5/5 stars.

** This great read was made possible by the Central Arkansas Public Library System.

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. Her debut YA fantasy novel, STORM SIREN, is available now in bookstores and online, and SIREN’S FURY (book 2 in the trilogy) will be out June, 2015 from TN HarperCollins.

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