Sunday, October 12, 2014

Book Review: "Storm Siren"

When I read Mary Weber’s 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! I’m 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 other’s 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 one—especially 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 she’s 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.

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