Mary Weber debuts her fantasy series about a teen girl with special powers in a world at war.
In Storm Siren, seventeen year old Nym is a slave girl whose snowy-white hair and sea-blue eyes identify her as an Elemental (one who is able to summon storms). She is unusual because other Elementals are usually male. Nym is on the auction block again. Each time she gets a new owner, she has another owner’s circle marked on her right arm. She also marks her left arm, in memory of the deaths she caused by not controlling her powers.
Her new owner gives her the choice: be killed or trained as Faelen’s weapon, harnessing her Elemental powers. Eogan is someone who can temper Nym’s power while training her. Choosing life, Nym enters a world she is unprepared for – politics, dark secrets, evil plots, and more.
Mary Weber does an excellent job in building a credible and intricate world where a young woman rises to power due to her powers. The faith element is virtually non-existent, but perhaps it will be more evident in future books. Weber’s storytelling will capture your attention from the first page and hold it until the final plot twist.
Weber’s Storm Siren employs memorable secondary characters, imperfect primary characters, and a cliffhanger in the final pages – all of which will keep the reader engaged, and making the reader eager for the next book, Siren’s Fury (coming in June 2015).
Fans of The Hunger Games, and Divergent with strong heroines battling for high stakes, as well as fantasy fans of Jill Williamson and Morgan Busse will want to read this series.
Recommended for teen collections in public libraries and school libraries.
Carol R. Gehringer
In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.