Book Review: Storm Siren | Mary Weber
“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.
I have literally just finished reading this book and it was so good I just HAD to write the review right away. From the very beginning this book has me hooked in a world of elementals and kingdoms at war.
Nym is an incredible lead character in this book, and she has always struggled with her identity and her abilities. She doesn't even consider her powers a gift, in fact for most of the book she refers to them as a curse.
We meet Nym as a slave girl for sale and things haven't been great for her up to this point and they don't look like they are getting better any time soon. This is her fifteenth sell and her masters/owners keep wanting rid of her because she is an elemental and most people fear these powerful beings. Nym hasn't yet mastered her powers and she believes she never will, that is until she is taken in by the crazy and ostentatious Adora. She sets about training her so that she can be used in the war that currently stalks the realms.
She eventually meets Colin and Breck, twins who are wonderful additions to the line up in the book and they both become great friends of Nym. Then there is her trainer Eoghan who is someone who gets under Nym's skin in many ways and she can't quite understand the feelings she is having towards him. He is a tortured soul with secrets he doesn't want to tell, but those secrets could be the ultimate breaking point for his relationship with Nym.
This was an incredible book that still has me reeling from the ending of the story. The writing was fluid and evocative and I could always visualise everything in my head as I read it in the book. The characters all had depth and what was so great was that every single character and you could really feel their flaws and what made them who they were.
I am so glad to have been introduced to the Mary Weber and her wonderful writing. I cannot wait to throw myself into the second book in the trilogy.
I gave this book a superb 10/10
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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.
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