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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 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.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.03 X 6.60 (inches)|
Availability: In Stock
Jeanette MorrisAtascadero CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fantasy with SubstanceSeptember 17, 2014Jeanette MorrisAtascadero CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Even as a non-fan of fantasy, I am a fan of Mary Webers out-of-the-box, breakout novel, Storm Siren. So glad its a trilogy, because one dose of Webers quirky approach to the genre wasnt nearly enough. Ive been following Webers blog (A Girl and her Books) since its inception. Her approach to the inter-relational world of social networking and her book-recipe-family-funstuff sharing drew me in and held on. And thats what happened again when reading Storm Siren.
Disclosure: Im not a YA person! Im a Baby Boomer. Eeek! Old! But with that moniker alone, I qualify to stand up and cheer for Marys protagonist, Nym, and her strong, yet vulnerable, persona. I also appreciate the unexpected weirdnesses that flow throughout the plot and story world (for me, reminiscent of Wizard of Ozish meets Alice through the Looking Glass weirdness). Love the classics.
Even more significant for me are the novels thematic elements of self-realization and acceptance, compassion, belonging, sacrifice and redemption. Without theme, a story is just a story. Storm Siren has substance.
Anyway, Ive got a signed first edition in hardback, just in case this trilogy (and hopefully others to follow) rise to the level of classics and best sellers that young and old(er) can all enjoy, muse over, and read again for generations. When a fresh voice with a slightly off-kilter but endearing attraction steps awkwardly and courageously onto the stage, I want a front row seat.
Second Book to the RightMedford, MAAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good beginning of a seriesSeptember 13, 2014Second Book to the RightMedford, MAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
JaelTXAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing, but that ending!August 26, 2014JaelTXAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5My heart is still bleeding. It is still too soon to write a review, yet I want to capture my initial thoughts and feelings before they fade.
*And having let the story simmer a bit, I still wouldnt change my initial reaction.*
This storyis amazing. Powerful. Heart-wrenching. The characters were leap off the page, dripping with raw emotions and life. I loved the authors voice and how she introduced her world to us. Sometimes I was a bit confused on what something was exactly, but the characters drove the story and the rest settled into place.
It was so good, until we got to the end. Great twist. But I hated the ending. There is no hint of a sequel, but leaving as the author did, there must be one. And if there is one, Im not entirely sure I would want to read it. Although, based on what some parts could be interpreted as and hinted at, there could still be hope. But Id not want to get my hopes up. Ack! But that said, it was well executed.
The story is fast paced, told in first person present tense, and sometimes the scene changes were confusing and jarring. The advanced reader copy I received was a kindle version and it was a mess. No paragraphs and all, so that might have added to some of the confusion at who was speaking and when.
I would definitely recommend it. And would love to discuss this book with other readers. Ha!
*I received an advanced reader copy from the publisher via net galley in conjunction with the book tour.
Wman4JCmiami, flAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Incredible Debut!!August 20, 2014Wman4JCmiami, flAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4When I first heard about this book I had no idea what to expect, but I KNEW I had to read it! The cover alone is utterly breathtaking and the story wastes no time pulling the reader in.
Nymia, Nym, is being sold to her 15th slave owner when the story begins. All she knows is a life of abuse and destruction, home is a foreign word to her. She believes she is responsible for the deaths of her parents and she has power she cant control. She refuses to allow anyone to get close to her because she believes she will eventually destroy everything good around her. She is filled with anger and bitterness after having to survive in a world that has always been at war with suffering all around. The reader comes to love Nym immediately and its obvious that despite her deadly abilities, she has a good heart.
Since Nym is an Elemental, she is able to control any and all weather patterns in the story for her use. Her emotions are connected to the elements so its a good idea NOT to upset her. Most people are intelligent about this, but there are wicked characters throughout that test her in this. Some are as powerful as she is, some dont live very long.
Nym is given a deal to train her abilities to stop the enemy at war and save her kingdom. Many times in the book, she considers death instead due to the strain she endures while training. She has hardened her heart and would rather focus on running away in anger than facing what shes truly made of. I definitely understood her on a small level. It takes unbelievable courage, faith, and self-control to tame someones anger/bitterness/regret. However, I also know Nym is extraordinary and more capable of ANYTHING she has experienced in her past. She has purpose beyond others wanting to dominate her power. I also REALLY loved that Nym hates using her powers to attack others, even when they deserve it! She would rather protect the innocent and only kill as a last/necessary resort. She is devastated when innocent people are killed or destroyed. I also really loved reading about the weather around Nymlightning, wind, hail, rain, etc.
Nym reminded me of Halle Berrys Storm in XMen, except shes a child and she doesnt have a team of Elementals to work with. She is so much stronger than she realizes, but that revelation doesnt come until later and it makes a tangible difference in her character.
There is a lot of violence in the story, but nothing graphic (the betrayal and secrets in the story were worse than the violence for me). The story itself is written in powerful ways with beauty, danger, and nature. I really loved the way certain scenes are described from Nyms perspective even though there are some parts I couldnt understand very well, its poetic how the author makes Nyms body one with the elements around her. Around us roars a blizzard of my creation. Lightning bolts splice the ground beside our bodies. Pine needles and branches whip above our heads. I try to stop. To tell my curse to listen to his fingertips and calm down. But I dont know how to stop anymore. I cant. I only know how to weep and crumble and break as the fissure in my chest opens wide to swallow us.
My heart broke at the end even before the cliffhanger happened (oh boy, what an ending!). Im eager to see what happens in the sequel/trilogy, but not just over the abrupt ending. This book illustrates the pain and strength building for Nym to find out her value after being a slave her whole life. Shes had to hide who she is to survive and to escape scrutiny from wicked slave owners who could easily have her put to death once they discover shes an Elemental. Nym has never know physical or spiritual freedom and Im hoping that will be explored more in the next book.
Get ready before reading this book because nothing is what it seems! There are curses, wickedness, betrayal, war, and strange beings who attack without warning because most of the characters in this story care more about power and controlling that power than they are about the consequences of that power. There is also hope, adventure, friendship, and a trainer who is determined to protect Nym instead of allowing others to have their way with her. Faith doesnt really make an appearance in this book (at least not from Nyms perspective, but others have faith in her), its mostly about Nym discovering who she really is and finding the strength to let go. However, despite the intensity of the plot there is also healing, freedom, and growth in this story that is worth reading in Nyms journey! Even though there are lots of unpleasant parts in this story, the writing is incredible and the characters felt real to me. *includes a map and readers group guide*
I want to thank Laura Pol, the author, BookLook Bloggers, and Thomas Nelson for the review copy provided AND the chance to participate in this mega cool blog tour. Im grateful for the opportunity to read this debut novel and I will NOT get tired to looking at this cover, INCREDIBLY done! I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Jaguar HeroAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Hope for Christian Fantasy Lives in These PagesAugust 13, 2014Jaguar HeroAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Before even starting the book, I was ecstatic to read this book. The cover is g o r g e o u s. The dedication page made me grin like an idiot and wonder if Mary Weber somehow mind-melded with me (it mentions muses, magic, dragon hunters, and storming "bookish castles"). And of course, Mary Weber's bio on the back cover flap had me laughing . Everything in relation to the author is G O L D. So I was excited. If the author can be that interesting, her book has to be also, yeah?
Storm Siren was much more than that. It was... stunning.
I've been a bit disappointed in recent books coming from Thomas Nelson and other Christian publishing houses. They've just been lacking in areas of story building and multi-dimensional characters. But Storm Siren has boosted my hope in future books.
It's fantasy, which is my favorite. And it was done well. The magic had similar aspects to all magic in books but it just felt so refreshing to read. The world-building was solid. There are still mysteries about the kingdoms and the world, but I think it will fill in as the trilogy comes along. The plot kept me reading. It was stimulating; it had fast action, quick scenes, and riveting turns, but it also lingered when necessary. Nothing felt bogged down or over-done.
I like Nym. Her past is hard (I wish there were more glimpses of it), her powers are hard to get a handle on (freaking storm-summoner! That's awesome!), and she's been thrown into the mix without preparation. I love how she acts and interacts with others. She's relatable because she's not wholly good but she's not necessarily bad. She's a girl in a fix, but she could have been anyone. She has a deep heart and convictions. I like how her powers develop. I adore the other characters (especially Colin and Eogan. :D). None were too cliche or out of place.
But THAT ENDING. Sweet Lord of the Rings. That ending slayed me. I need the next book NOW. I mean, that was a fantastic cliffhanger and I will never, ever forgive her for it. Freaking. My mind is still blowing up because of it.
Storm Siren is definitely a book to keep your eye on. As a debut novel, I was blown away (freaking puns!). And I'm stoked to read the rest of the trilogy. This is how you write YA fantasy (especially in a shorter volume of pages).