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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
An Avid ReaderAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Work from a Promising New Author!October 14, 2014An Avid ReaderAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In a world where her kind is looked on with suspicion and distrust, where they were hunted nearly to extinction, where females of her kind aren't even supposed to exist, Nymia's greatest struggle is within herself. She has been bought and sold by numerous owners, one after the other. But what eats her alive is the things she has been made to do with her power. She is an Elemental, able to bring down the power of the storm clouds and use it against human beings. Some owners have tried to use her and ended up being injured by her power instead. You see, she has no control over it. But now she has been sold to her 15th owner, and things may be about to change. She has been offered the chance to receive training and become a weapon that may turn the tide of the war now rampaging her homeland.
At first, it was the title of Storm Siren that caught my attention. But as I read deeper and deeper into the intricate fantasy world created by Mary Webber, I became more and more impressed. Every detail was masterfully described, and the characters breathed with life and emotion and personality. The story, with its twists and turns and secrets kept me turning pages. And I am already looking forward to Ms. Webber's next release. Part science fiction, part fantasy, all wonderfulness, Storm Siren is a book I would place high on my recommended reading list. So grab a copy, find a cozy spot to curl up, and dive deep into the world of Elementals!
JanetColumbus, GAGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5For Fans of Great Adventures in Invented WorldsOctober 12, 2014JanetColumbus, GAGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
When I read Mary Webers author biography, I knew I had to read her book . . . any ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives deserves to have the first of these books read.
I was thoroughly engrossed, but the last five paragraphs nearly killed me. Please write fast, Mary! Im ready to read the next book.
As you might have guessed from her description of herself, Mary writes fantasy novels. In Storm Siren, she has created a land at war, a land full of royalty plotting behind each others backs, slaves with secret powers, monsters who can climb inside people's skin, tall dwarves, man-eating horses, and mystery. Readers are cheering for Nym, an anomaly in this world, a girl with the ability to control the weather who would be sentenced to die if what she is were to become known. One woman does know, however, and purchases Nym to be her slave in order to train her as a weapon for the war.
Nym is tormented emotionally. She sees her gift as a curse, trusts no oneespecially herself, and only wants to hide where she will do no one else any more harm. She carries the scars of her life on her arms. But she is suddenly surrounded by people who seem to believe there is good in her, who want to help her succeed, to become what shes truly intended to be.
I received a complimentary eCopy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for this honest review. I recommend it to fans of great adventures in invented worlds.
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.