Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

Title: Storm Siren
Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy (#1)
Author: Mary Weber
From: Netgalley
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 19th August 2014
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 Blogger Shame, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodreads - Amazon
Synopsis (from Goodreads): “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.

So I'm assuming that what first attracted me to Storm Siren was the cover, because it is well and truly gorgeous! But what made me choose to read it when I did was the blurb! It was during my picking random books stage from my kindle, and am I glad that I did, because this was a fantastic read. 

Nym was an angry character, but she had a lot of heart. While she was definitely what could be considered tortured, she didn't let it break her and  Storm Siren felt that it was about her fnding out who she truly was without the constraints of traditional slavery (its way more complicated than that!) At the same time she acted 17, noticing that men were attractive and stuff. 

My heart broke for Nym close to the end of the book. Without ruining anything, events took a turn that I wasn't expecting and I found myself getting emotional for her, and I definitely need to read the next book, because there are some things that took me completely by surprise. 

The world that Weber created was detailed and fascinating, with an intricate magic system. I am a massive fan of unique magic systems in fantasy, and this really ticked all the boxes for me. I didn't feel like I was being lectured to about it either, but that the information was presented at just the right moment. 

This was a good read and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series!