Title: Storm Siren
Author: Mary Weber
Genre: YA High Fantasy
Series: Storm Siren (Book #1)
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover, 320 Pages
ISBN-10: 1401690343 (Thomas Nelson)
ISBN-13: 978-1401690342 (Thomas Nelson)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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.
Quick & Dirty: A beautiful high fantasy that took me completely by surprise! Full of magic, romance, adventure and a creative world, this is sure to be a favorite for all high fantasy fans!
Opening Sentence: “Fourteen circles for fourteen owners.”
The kingdom of Faelen has been at war with it’s neighboring kingdom, Bron, for years now and things are not going well for Faelen. Bron is far more advanced in their weaponry and their armies outnumber those of Faelen. Things are looking dire and Faelen will need a miracle if they want to save their land and their people. That miracle comes in the form of a storm siren by the name of Nym. Storm sirens have the magical ability to contol the weather, but for the last century it has been the law in Faelen that all storm sirens be killed at birth. And so far, only males are born with this curse, that is until Nym comes along.
At a young age Nym’s parents were killed and she was sent into slavery. Because of her powers she has never been able to last long with any of her owners, and she is currently at her fifteenth auction. Nym has never been able to control her powers and the effects have been deadly to many. When it is revealed that she is a storm siren at her auction, she is purchased by a very wealthy and influential court advisor. She is given a choice to either learn to control her power and fight in the war for Faelen or she can choose to die.
Choosing to live she is thrust into a world she doesn’t understand, full of poltics, glamour, and treachery. Then there is her gorgeous trainer that seems to understand her like no else does, but he has dark secrets of his own. Will she be strong enough to save her country or is she just a pawn in a game she never wanted to play?
Nym was a great heroine that was really easy to root for. Her story is a sad one that is full of tragedy, so it was really easy to sympathize with her situation. But even though she has had a rough past she hasn’t allowed that to make her bitter and I really respected that. She is strong and someone you can easily look up to. But she also has all those girly insecurities that make her much more relatable. She is a very well rounded character that I absolutely loved and I can’t wait to continue her story.
Eogan is a mysterious man full of secrets, charm, and attitude. He had pretty much everything I want from a great love interest. For the most part, he is a very private person and he doesn’t open up easily to anyone but as his story unfolds it all makes total sense. Even though he puts up a hard, uncaring front, he actually has a big heart and he tries to do the right thing in an impossible situation. His relationship with Nym is filled with great tension and beautiful epic moments. I loved them together and can’t wait to see where their relationship goes next.
Storm Siren is an amazing high fantasy filled with magic, adventure, and epic romance! From the first page, I was drawn into the beautiful world that Weber created. I loved all the elements that were incorporated into this very unique and entertaining story. It was a very well rounded story that developed perfectly. The magical element was interesting, the romance was sweet and filled with great tension, the pacing was flawless, and to be perfectly honest, this was one of the best books I have read this year. This was actually a big surprise for me because before I read the book I had heard very little about it, so I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. The one thing I didn’t love about it was the awful cliffhanger ending. It was one of the worst cliffhangers I have ever read, but it left me even more desperate for the next book. I would highly recommend this to anyone that is looking for a great high fantasy story, I’m sure you will love it!
Then, as if not trusting me to refrain from attempting to touch the horse again, he steps closer. He’s the man Adora was admiring through the window this afternoon. Eogan, if my suspicion’s correct. Arms crossed, sporting a cocky smile.
And he’s unreasonably attractive—curse him.
Storm Siren Series:
1. Storm Siren
2. Siren’s Fury (June 2, 2015)
FTC Advisory: Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins provided me with a copy of Storm Siren. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.