Saturday, September 13, 2014

#REVIEW: Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Title: Storm Siren
Series: Storm Siren #1
Author:  Mary Weber
Published Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / Harper Collins
Format: ebook
Pages: 320
ISBN:  9781401690342
Genre: fantasy
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon | Christian Book Depository

Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: “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.

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.
I'm still scratching my head over why this was published by Thomas Nelson, a reputable publisher of Christian books, when I couldn't find any sort of Christian theme to this at all.
Getting past that, this was a great fantasy book to read.It starts out with Nym, a slave bought in the Kingdom of Faelen, who is used for her rare Elemental powers by her owner. Trained in how to control them, she is used as a weapon, whether she wants to or not, in a war against another kingdom that is trying to destroy Faelen. Nym uses her training to find her own redemption and in the process, enters into a stormy (pun unintended) relationship with her trainer, Eogan.
Mary Weber has created an amazingly realistic world, characters and situations. My heart wept for Nym as she tried to find redemption for her own very large part in her parents' deaths when she was young. The pain the author showed in her words was simple and heartbreaking. I found myself empathizing with Nym and connecting with her on a very emotional level. For a week, she became my friend.
I'm hoping that as the series progresses we will see more of the budding relationship between Nym and Eogan.

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