Series: Storm Siren #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by HarperCollins on August 19, 2014
Reviewed by: Kate
References to unwanted physical contact
“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.
Sucked in by the intriguing cover and blurb, I found myself captivated by STORM SIREN the minute I started reading. Though sometimes light on the world-building, in STORM SIREN, Weber creates a cast of fascinating characters, with lots of action, and tons of plot twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.
Our main character, Nym, is a spectacular heroine. Unlike some other recent young adult fantasy starring female assassins, Nym is not a purposeful killer in the beginning of the book. She's carrying a huge amount of guilt because of her past, and the way she works through that as the story goes on is very well done. The positions she's put in and the choices she makes really emphasize her growth over the short period of time the book takes place during. The secondary characters are well fleshed out, as well. Eogan, the trainer, who makes Nym's emotions pitter patter, and Colin, the other Elemental magic user, who sometimes feels like just a goofy teenage boy, are enjoyable to pass the time with. Adora, Nym's owner, and Lord Myles, a member of the court, are so delightfully creepy I swear I shivered a few times while reading.
What was lacking was more in-depth world building. It came in bits and pieces, and frustratingly not enough for me. The plot took up so much of the book there just wasn't much time for describing Nym's world, and don't get me wrong - I loved the action and the breathless intensity of it, but oh, I want so much more! There was a lot that could have been explained or explored that we didn't get, unfortunately.
All in all, STORM SIREN is one of those books that you don't put down once you've gotten into it. It is clever, original, young adult fantasy, that manages to take some familiar aspects (girl assassin/magic user - almost cliche) and turn them on their head. With the final plot twist at the end, I'm dying for book two, and can't believe I have to wait until June 2015 for it to come out!
- Storm Siren