In 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!
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.
Even 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.
I 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.