Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A
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.**
Be prepared for a tale full of twists and turns that will knock you off your feet and steal the very breath from your lungs. Infused with the powers of the Elementals Storm, Siren has everything a YA Fantasy novel should posses.
This book has epic battles, devastating loss, search for purpose, simmering romance, bad guys that are the most vicious sort of people, and good guys that will sacrifice everything for the good of the people. Phew! That’s a lot of stuff. Nym has totally swept me into her world and I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series. Thankfully, I was smart this time around and placed all three books on hold at the same time at my library so I can get right into it.
While the elements of faith are not blatantly in your face in this book, I do recognize the threads weaving through the story. The constant battle between good and evil, the enemy being a deceiver and the good sacrificing everything can be clearly seen here. The most important message I found here was to see what is inside ourselves and then recognize it for the GIFT it is rather than a curse. Sometimes that can be hard.
If you enjoy Young Adult Fantasy with clean content and decent morals, you should definitely check this series out! Stay tuned for my thoughts on the remainder of the series.
**Synopsis from Amazon.com