Storm Siren

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Blurb:    “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.

Storm Siren by Mary Weber grabbed my attention from the first page and I couldn’t put it down after that. Or at least, I didn’t want to. I started reading it aloud to my husband at first but eventually it reached the point where I couldn’t wait for him to return home from work. So while I’ve finished the book, he is stuck about 1/4 of the way through. 😉

I loved the world-building and the mythos of Storm Siren. Everything is familiar enough to not feel too alien but unique enough to make you uncomfortably aware you are definitely not in Kansas anymore. Bolcranes and giant wolves and the definitely unique horses (which totally freaked hubby out, btw! lol)

Nym herself is an engaging character. Her sarcasm and attitude instantly endeared her to me, along with her highly sympathetic circumstances. She’s sunk deep into a self-loathing and despair that is understandable, even while the reader chafes for her to move on. And to me, that was the biggest point of the story. The plot may revolve around Nym learning to control her abilities and deciding how she wants to fit in to her war-torn world but the true crux of the story is her internal journey. And that’s where the incredibly subtle Christian elements come into play. I suspect Nym’s journey may be helpful to young ladies struggling with self-harm and other issues. Or it could be a trigger. The book doesn’t shy away from violence, even while it doesn’t revel in it. I’ll have to get my husband’s feedback on that one (he’s a counselor) as we progress through the story.

I hesitate to delve too deeply into the plot. I think the story has much more impact from the mysteries that surrounds everything (and I do mean everything). But that being said, there were maybe 3 big twists throughout the plot and I saw two of them coming from a mile away and the middle-one I guessed about halfway after the first foreshadowing. I was proud of myself for guessing the first one but after the other two I was a bit disappointed. (Although we’ve passed where I guessed the first twist and my husband is still blissfully unaware so maybe my exposure to makjang Korean dramas has ruined me to suspect such things.)

I also found the romance, if you could call it that, very flat. There is instant connection and chemistry, except we are told about it and I never actually felt it. The fixation on his attractiveness got repetitive and their romantic progress was about as unromantic as you can get. If I were reading just for the romance, I probably wouldn’t finish the series. I found myself more smitten with the secondary not-quite-love-triangle-material guy.

I was warned ahead of time about the cliff-hanger ending and it does indeed end in a place that will make most people rage. But the next book in the series comes out in a few months and frankly, this is the kind of book that takes a few weeks to digest anyway, so don’t let the cliff-hanger hold you back. Share our pain. ;D

How do you feel about cliff-hangers?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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4 comments

  1. Cliff Hangers are great at the end of a chapter but not so much at the end of a story. I’m all for series, but I prefer each story to stand alone but leave enough undone for me to get to the next book.

    The cover is stunning.

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    • I think the cover is what grabs most people at first. It’s just beautiful, though I don’t think completely accurate. My understanding after reading is that she has 15 rings tattooed from her wrist to her elbow – not elegant swirls up her arm.

      To me the cliffhanger was not quite the usual type. The book felt fairly wrapped up, definitely room for more story but the initial story-arc completed. And then the final chapter, which felt like an epilogue, had the cliffhanger. I’d have been more upset if it happened in the middle of the action – as it was, it felt like those teaser scenes in the credits of a movie where they hint at more for the sequel.

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