I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Storm Siren on August 19, 2014
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.
As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.
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 handsome 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.
Storm Siren was an extremely unique read. The book follows a girl named Nym who happens to be an Elemental, though she’s extremely rare because no girl has ever been an Elemental before; it’s always a guy. Plus, she shouldn’t even be alive, because when boys are born as Elementals they are normally killed off, which makes her even more of a rarity. Nym also has white hair, so she sticks out like a sore thumb.
This book was never slow at all, which was a definite plus. It even started off with introducing the reader to Nym while she’s on the auction blog, and a few pages later her powers are put into action as she accidentally murders a little girl while meaning to cause harm to a different guy. She knows that she’s different and shouldn’t be alive, so she mainly accepts her fate.
However, when she wakes up in a fancy house only to be greeted by a blind servant who later becomes her friend, Nym realizes that maybe there’s another way to survive in her world. She’s offered the chance to become a weapon of defense in the war in order to protect her land and the people as a way of making up for the murder she had caused. Of course, Nym takes this offer up and begins training as a weapon immediately.
At training, the reader and Nym are both introduced to Colin, who is the servant girl’s (Breck’s) brother. Colin is really quite the character, as he speaks in a certain dialect and always tries to impress Nym. He’s also really cocky about his talents, which is extremely hilarious at times!
Even though Colin was lovable, I think my favorite character would have to be Eogan. He’s the guy who’s paid to train both Colin and Nym, yet he has a calming talent that seems to stop Nym from completely destroying things, which is really cool. I’d want to have a connection like that with someone! He was very charming and clever, and I also loved how caring he was. I’d love to meet him in real life!
I was so sad when this book came to close because I definitely want to read more, so I am looking forward to Siren’s Fury! If you’re looking for a fantasy read that’s filled with war, action, and lovable characters, I’d highly suggest giving this book a go!