Siren’s Fury (The Storm Siren Trilogy #2) by Mary Weber
Published: June 2nd 2015 (July 2nd, UK) by Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Source: Purchased (from Book Depository)
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“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.”
Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.
When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.
They may require who she is.
Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.
Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along?
Siren’s Fury has been one of my most anticipated books of the year. After reading Storm Siren I was left reeling following the unpredictable, heart breaking, hit you where it hurts cliff hanger. Siren’s Fury deals with the fallout of this event and not only explores how it affects Nym, but also how it affects the political landscape.
The book takes place in a short time frame but within this time we get to see more of this world. I have to applaud Mary for her writing as the imagery and the atmosphere of this world is so beautiful and vivid. This book takes place mainly in Bron and we get to see how the culture and traditions differ between each land and I’m hopeful that we get to see more of this world in the final book.
When it comes to our antagonist, we are also provided some insight into his main objective and we get to see inside both his strengths and his weaknesses. There’s also a mention of his background and how that helped shaped him into who he is. He’s a fascinating antagonist and I definitely appreciate getting to see the complexity of his character.
We also see a development in the relationship between Nym and her companions; mainly Myles and Princess Rasha. As a character we see that in Storm Siren, Nym has spent the majority of her life in isolation and never really formed close bonds with those around her. In Siren’s Fury we see her slowly develop these bonds and learn to trust, especially with regards to Rasha who becomes one of Nym’s closest companions. However, as with any friendship there are struggles and these mainly stem from a lack of communication on both sides. This is also true with her interactions with Myles, who as it turns out appears to be a much more complex character than I thought.
Nym herself grows throughout the book. Towards the end of Storm Siren we see Nym learning to accept her abilities as a tool for good. However, that does not mean that she no longer has her doubts. It’s actually quite the opposite as she learns to accept her abilities for what they are whilst also questioning who she is as a person both with and without these abilities. One of the things I admire the most about Nym is her determination. This is a person who has been through an awful lot but still strives to accomplish her objectives regardless of the situation. It’s this determination that leads her to make choices that were both frustrating yet understandable as she faced the consequences of these actions head on.
The romance takes a back seat in this book for reason I will not say due to spoilers. However, I was surprised, in the best way possible, by the little snippets we got between Nym and Eogan and I’m excited to see how this plays out in the third book.
Overall this was a solid instalment to the series. It did not suffer from that middle book slump. What we get is rich character development, beautiful world building and a solid set up for things to come in the final book.