About the Book:
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Author (Publisher) Provided ARC
Publication Date: 2015
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Series: Storm Siren, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Review: One of the most highly anticipated young adult novels of 2015 (or that’s been my experience), the “Siren” is back on store shelves and the wait finally over. Mary Weber’s follow up novel is here. With the heart-stopping ending to Storm Siren and more questions than we could handle left hanging, there was a lot to discover in book two. Now the adventure was about to continue inside the pages of this visually pretty novel. The opening picks up just where book one left off with Nym realizing that her mentor and the only person she’d truly come to love, Eogan was being used to house Draewulf for his own evil purposes. This is where the story begins and evolves from. Aided by Princess Rasha, Nym has to figure out how to defeat Draewulf, but holding her back is the man she sees each time she confronts Draewuld: Eogan. This leads to Nym and Rasha becoming stowaways; it’s this that gets our sequel in motion.
What’s great about this fantasy series is its distinctive voice. Mary has packed quite the imaginative happenings, characters and events into this novel not to mention the dialogue. Mostly it’s serious, yes, but occasionally an unexpected, hilarious speck of witty humor we were not expecting creeps through Nym’s drudgery. These are the moments that cement this series to a class all its own. Those going into this expecting it to be like its predecessor will be disappointed. Book two is very different. Because of Nym’s journey to rescue the man she loves and honor the memory of those they lost, she’s very much all about silencing Draewulf’s plans. What results from this is a story with a lot of time inside Nym’s head (the reader relies on her to paint the image of what’s happening) and an engulfing shift towards a political theme. It’s about strategizing, forging alliances with people not to be trusted and survival while our heroes are surrounded on all sides by people who want to destroy the kingdoms and utilize the “Dark Army” to get what they want. Then there is Draewulf whose plans go deeper and are far more chilling that Nym could have imagined. The consequent story and outcome tends to be slower.
Given the many strategy talks and meetings of the powers that be (in this world), this is a much more character-driven novel than book one. Or that’s my memory. I admit I have forgotten far too much of book one in terms of the smaller events that take place or the characters who didn’t get along and the reasons why. That being said, this story has a really important powerful theme for its heroine and is significant when measured by a superior “rule” because of that. There’s a line in the novel about power coming in different forms, but the truth is, it’s how we chose to use that which holds real power. Everything hinges on Nym’s choices. That line is the overhanging theme because of Nym’s choices and her ultimate discoveries.
Though not as powerful as the first book (this book is also dependent on that first book, so make sure you pick it up first) simply in terms of the pace, this is definitely an excellent read for the fantasy lover. Full of tense negotiations, tepid pacts and creative whimsy, Siren’s Fury has everything you could possibly want or anticipate for this genre. Added to that is an epic action scene closing out the story, diverse characters and an airship. (No, seriously, guys that happens.) If you liked Mary’s debut, this novel is a must read. More insight into the characters means book three has no choice but to be epic.
Synopsis: “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 has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.
When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.
They may require who she is.
Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.
Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along? – Goodreads
Coming Next from Mary Weber: Book three (it’s untitled) in the “Storm Siren” trilogy, arrives in stores 2016. Add it to Goodreads.
Sincere thanks to Mary Weber (and the publisher) for providing a complimentary ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes.