Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber (review)


From the Publisher:

“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring – the thing I trained so hard to control – no longer exists.”

Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.

Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.

As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.

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“Welcome to the beginning of your end.”  (p.98)

I tried to start this, the second book in the Storm Siren series, several times.  But I must admit that I was trepidatious.  After the ending of the first book, what would the author do to her characters… her readers?  Finally, finding that it was available on audiobook through my library, I took the plunge and just began listening at work.  This turned out to be a great choice.  The narration by Sarah Zimmerman was fantastic and her accent enhanced the text.

While this is definitely a bridge story between the previous book, Storm Siren, and the third book, Siren’s Song, it manages to hold its own. Taking place primarily on a Bron airship, much of Nym’s time is spent trying to navigate politics without revealing the loss of her powers to the wrong parties. Some of the most interesting developments are in the world-building that the author does as Nym learns about Bron’s more outwardly brutal and martial culture. Along the way, she makes risky, desperate choices with consequences that may be more far-reaching than she knows.

The pace seemed a bit slower than the previous book and the story was not quite as engaging, with Draewulf seeming to spend much of his time locked away in his room on the airship. New characters that were introduced didn’t have the same level of depth or involvement as those that Nym previously befriended, but these are issues that will likely resolve themselves as the story continues.   It may also be that reading the story on the printed page can be a different experience from that of listening to a recorded audiobook.

Though I hesitate to judge an entire trilogy based on the first two books, these first two books are definitely among the best YA I’ve read this year and the trilogy might turn out to be a contender for one of my favorite new fantasy series.  If you have enjoyed the previous book, then definitely continue.  I am quite curious to see where the final book takes Nym, and I greatly look forward to reading it.

Siren’s Fury (Storm Siren Trilogy, book 2) | Thomas Nelson, June 2015 | hardback, 368 pages [Overdrive Audiobook, 10 hrs 23 min]




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