It’s been a long time since I read a proper fantasy novel. There have been many friends urging me to read Marissa Meyer’s well known fantasy chronicles and I’ve seen various other books in this genre pushed (lovingly, of course) on readers. Yet for some reason I had an idea affixed in my mind about the genre, one I must have unconsciously applied to every book in the genre. Fortunately I went into Storm Siren with an open mind.
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STORY: Nym is a young slave girl with a deadly touch; she’s a storm siren who can summon any storm when she’s provoked. Today, on her fifteenth sell, the an owner’s cruel treatment of a young girl enrages her. The properly insane Adora, who claims alliance with Faelen’s king, purchases Nym. She then offers Nym a choice: die or train to be a weapon against the incoming Bron forces. Frightened of her own abilities, Nym joins forces with her training partner, Colin and their trainer, whose touch is able to still Nym’s powers, hoping war is the last option.
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One of the most anticipated books in the Christian fiction market I think Storm Siren lives up to its grand expectations. There’s insanely outlandish characters (think Effie, only descriptively stranger) as well as supernatural powers that reveal at various story points. Secondly, the character of Nym transitions well. She isn’t a character who has the luxury of being immature, and I think sometimes her narrative is very “dark,” which influences the novel. If there is anything that might keep readers from enjoying this, those would be the two things. But this is where the “bad” of the titular character ends.
Nym is a surprisingly tender heroine, who is more afraid of hurting innocents than protecting herself as a hunted race. She’s got empathy; and she fights against anyone using her as a kind of weapon, even against enemies. Beyond Nym, I really feel nothing one way or the other for the supporting characters, maybe because of the first person narrative or perhaps because finding out “who” Nym is, is the real draw. Either way, I’ll admit that I’m not nearly as invested in any other character by the time this book rolls to a close.
Mary creates an interesting world sufficient to stand up to the best of the best. This isn’t merely “good fantasy,” it’s inventive and in a market that doesn’t explore young adult or fantasy. Past experience with the fantasy genre teaches me to be distrustful of it because it isn’t something that “reads” well for me. Fortunately the pattern breaks in this novel. I love that there isn’t any over explaining as to how this world came to be or great detail into the past of the Elemental’s or any of the anomaly’s. The prose flows easily, pulling the interested reader into a fascinating world.
One of 2014’s best debuts, this novel creates a storm not just of its heroine’s making – it brings the genre to new heights spinning new twists, fear and emotions into one solid punch, though not without casualties along the way. Another thing to brace for is the arrival of a cliffhanger that leaves us questioning the practicality of waiting nearly a year to see what comes next in Nym’s dangerous world; and more importantly whether or not she’ll rise above those who seek to destroy her.
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Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Storm Siren, book 1
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the author for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.