Storm Siren (The Storm Siren Trilogy #1) by Mary Weber
Published: August 19th 2014 by Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Rating: 4 Stars
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Source: Purchased (on Amazon)
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“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”
Oh wow, where do I even start? From the get go this book had me hooked. The world building, to the character development, the fantasy elements, romance and heart stopping action, I loved everything about this book.
Nym’s journey throughout this book was one of my favourite elements. We see her go through a range of emotions with regards to her sense of self-loathing due the destruction her abilities have created which leads to the belief that she is cursed. She’s spent most of her life very alone and isolated, travelling from one home to another but she still has a spark and determination to her and refuses to let people break her. Throughout this book we get to see Nym coming to grips with her abilities and embracing them as a gift rather than a curse. I am so excited to see where her journey goes from here, especially with how the ending played out.
Eogan was another character that I absolutely adored. At the beginning I was a bit wary of him and the constant push and pull between him and Nym was frustrating at times. However, I adored his mysterious nature and enjoyed watching these mysteries unravel which ultimately lead to a greater understanding of his character. The chemistry between him and Nym was undeniable and I love the way he challenged Nym and pushed her to limits, which at the time seemed harsh, but in the long run contributed to Nym’s understanding and acceptance of her abilities as a gift.
Other stand out for me was Colin. At first glance he seemed like the happy go lucky guy but at the end his friendship with Nym and his protective nature towards her and his sister, Breck, made my heart melt. The last few conversations he had with Nym tugged hard on the heartstrings.
I hope in the next book we get to explore more of the political landscape and see more of an interaction between the 5 kingdoms and their relationships with the Uathúils.
I still can’t get over then ending. It was excruciating and so out of the blue I had to re-read the passage twice before it finally sunk in.