Siren’s Song (Storm Siren #3) by Mary Weber

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When I was sent Siren’s Song for review, I had a feeling about it as soon as I read the synopsis and quickly ordered the first two books in the Storm Siren trilogy (see my previous reviews of Storm Siren and Siren’s Fury).  That feeling was spot on.  

Publisher’s Summary:

“The realization hits: We’re not going to win. It’s why I couldn’t defeat Draewulf in Bron—because this power was never mine anyway. I drop my arms and let the energy die off. And turn around to face Eogan.”

After a fierce battle with Draewulf, Nym barely escaped with her life. Now, fleeing the scorched landscape of Tulla, her storm-summoning abilities are returning; only . . . the dark power is still inside her.

Broken and bloodied, Nym needs time to recover, but when the full scope of the shapeshifter’s horrific plot is revealed, the strong-willed Elemental must race across the Hidden Lands and warn the other kingdoms before Draewulf’s final attack.

From the crystalline palaces of Cashlin to the legendary Valley of Origin, Nym scrambles to gather an army. But even if she can, will she be able to uncover the secret to defeating Draewulf that has eluded her people for generations? With a legion of monsters approaching, and the Hidden Lands standing on the brink of destruction, the stage is set for a battle that will decide the fate of the world.

This time, will the Siren’s Song have the power to save it?

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As a finale to an exciting YA fantasy series, this hits all the right notes.  Action packed, rife with conflict, while still focusing on Nym’s relationships and her powers as an Elemental.  Particularly gratifying was the development in the story thread about Nym’s understanding of her Elemental nature and how she copes with the emotional consequences of the effects those powers have had in the past.  I also greatly appreciated having more of Nym’s growing faith in the Creator.

The trilogy is best read in order as none seem intended to stand alone.  Ideally, if I were to read the series again (and I just might!), I would read them consecutively.

As a new personal favorite in YA Fantasy, this is a book and trilogy that I would highly recommend and believe it holds appeal for a variety of readers.  Just a bit of warning that those who picture things vividly as they read and are squeamish might find some of the creatures a bit disturbing (they are rather gross).  Also, a note that there are instances of self-harm.  While this was troubling to me at the beginning of the trilogy, I found it to be well handled and given a hopeful outcome (as alluded to earlier). Now I can’t wait to see what else this author has in store for her readers with her next book, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow!


Siren’s Song (The Storm Siren Trilogy, #3) by Mary Weber | Thomas Nelson, March 2016 | hardcover, 384 pages

This review refers to a finished copy received from Thomas Nelson and Zondervan’s Fiction Guild, in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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