The Storm Siren trilogy by Mary Weber

SIREN'S FURY

Storm Siren

Storm Siren (The Storm Siren #1)
Mary Weber
Published: 19th August, 2014
Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: NetGalley; The Fantastic Flying Book Club

Summary:

“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.

What I liked: Storm Siren starts off a little slow as it builds up to the main plot of the entire story, but it took about half the book for the plot to build up just right before the big twist and everything that had been held back started being revealed. So many of the twist and reveals, not just the political ones that happened as the story moved on, but ones that the characters held that changed different facets of what we knew about the character. It was especially great to see the abilities that the different characters had in some way reflected the personality they had that I picked up on. Nym herself, while somewhat being meek due to the fact she’s grown up a slave to others as well as to her powers that she couldn’t control, was a strong, yet slightly hot-headed character. She seemed to get angry and irritated easily by man things, and while her strength didn’t show a lot, there were glimmers of it that I saw in how she acted at times, and that gives me hope about what she may be like in the next book. Colin was a fun character, he was the character who was there to lighten the mood and be funny throughout the times he appeared in the book. I really liked him because of his humor.

What I didn’t like: I didn’t really get into the romance between the two. I think it has to do with how the characters acted about it more than anything. While Nym seemed to sorta notice and kinda swoon over Eogan, she would just as quickly berate herself about it and Eogan seemed just a little too distant in that I really didn’t get to know all that much about him. It was like he was hiding something but wouldn’t reveal what it was, if you catch my drift. He wasn’t very…”swoon-worthy” either through the rest of the book in my opinion either.

Overall Review: This was an enjoyable read that I liked quite a bit. It was mixed with political intrigue that helped move the plot along in various ways, something I don’t think I’ve seen all that much in fantasy books. While I may not have liked all of the characters that we see quite a lot of in this book, I was intrigued by a few outside of Nym. There wasn’t a lot of world building in my opinion either, but I’m still indecisive if that was a good or bad thing to be considering the different aspects of the story itself.

Recommend?: This book was a read that I enjoyed, and I think if you’re looking for a fantasy that, while not having a lot of world building overall, is something different, you might enjoy this one!

Goodreads: 3.8/5 Amazon: 4.2/5 Barnes&Noble: 4.3/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 3.6/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.6
Idea: 3.8
Story: 3.5
Characters: 3.5

Siren's Fury

Siren’s Fury (The Storm Siren #2)
Mary Weber
Releasing: 2nd June, 2015
Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Age: Young Adult
From: NetGalley; The Fantastic Flying Book Club

Summary:

“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?

What I liked: After such a cliffhanger of an ending, I jumped into the story of the second book as soon as I could! While slower in pacing compared to the second book, I felt like it was building everything up to the final book in this trilogy. With everything that has happened, and with a surprise that I hadn’t expected from the first book, this second book delves deeper into what’s planned for Nym as she tries to save her realm. I actually liked getting to know the new characters we met in this one, and they were a good cast. I also liked how we delved deeper into the lore of the lands and the different people who inhabit the realm. Nym herself has definitely grown over this one, as she shows loyalty and determination to do what she must to save those she cares about. Even though I don’t back the romance of the story still, seeing how Nym fights for Eogan makes me think that Nym definitely cares for him, and I’m curious to see how these two will make it through the final book.

What I didn’t like: I have to say, having Nym’s powers taken away wasn’t something I enjoyed. I didn’t understand completely why her powers needed to be taken away, other than that she could control storms and make them appear out of thin air, but I’m also glad that Nym didn’t let the lack of her abilities stop her form doing what she believed she needed to.

Overall Review: More enjoyable that Storm Siren, Siren’s Fury thankfully doesn’t deal with the “middle book syndrome” that happens in many trilogies when they try to build up to the final book of the series. Instead, it stands strong and had a great story to tell, and I definitely enjoyed it more than I did Storm Siren for different reasons. With a returning character who makes a bigger impact on the story than I had imagined they would, world building that gives us just a little bit more about what the different lands and their abilities are capable of, and a plot that surprised me more than once, this book was a thrilling ride that I highly enjoyed and I can’t wait for the final book in the series to be published to see how everything turns out for these characters in the end!

Recommend?: If you enjoyed the first book in the series, or even if you’re a bit hesitant about starting the second one because of the first book, I thought this was a really good sequel to it and I suggest you read it!

Goodreads: 3.9/5 Amazon: -/5 Barnes&Noble: -/5 BookDepository: -/5

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My Rating: 3.9/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 3.9
Idea: 3.7
Story: 4.1
Characters: 3.9

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Untitled (The Storm Siren #3)
Mary Weber
Releasing: 2016
Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Age: Young Adult

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About the Author

Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. Bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Her debut YA Fantasy novel, STORM SIREN, is available now in bookstores and online, and SIREN’S FURY (book 2 in the trilogy) will be out June, 2015 from TN HarperCollins.

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