Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

About the Book:

“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.

My Thoughts:

This YA book has been getting rave reviews from some of my favorite authors, so when I had the chance to read it, I was excited.  "Storm Siren" got off to a slow start for me, but once I got into the rhythm of the story, I was hooked.

For me, I think I wanted more back story.  Yes, I'm a weirdo, because usually the complaint is too much back story.  But in order for me to slip into the universe of the fantasy novel I need more to pull me out of my regular world.

Nym is a sympathetic character.  She's been handed around like a pair of used socks, with nothing to really call her own except this elemental power that takes more than it gives.  When her fifteenth owner purchases her, will she finally find a home, or just be another piece of furniture on display?

Lots of foreign terms kind of threw me as well.  A pronunciation guide might have helped, but midway through the book I either had my own way of saying the words or just skipped over them to get to the action.

My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson for an advance copy of "Storm Siren" in exchange for an honest review, and major props to the artist behind the gorgeous cover art.  If you are a fantasy fan, this book is perfect for you.

Happy Reading!



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