Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (Harper Collins)
Source: Author/Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Storm Siren Trilogy, 3
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5
REVIEW: One of the most anticipated YA reads of 2016, Siren’s Song, has finally hit store shelves and with it, closes out a grand adventure. As with any series ender there are bound to be some bittersweet feelings for anyone who has been a fanigirl of the series. Mary Weber’s fantasy series caused more than a little stir in the bookish world and because of this, it was next to impossible not to be caught up in the exhilarating world.
The story picks up closely following in the shadow of book two, Siren’s Fury when Eogan was – for all logical appearances, lost to Nym. Or at the very least under the control of evil. That spell has been broken and with it, Nym has her love returned to her… or does she? Something about Eogan isn’t the same making it difficult for her to make plans. But plans she does make. She plans to locate and rescue her friend, Princess Rasha and eventually defeat her nemesis Draewulf. Even if this may require her to sacrifice her own self to save the people of Falen and beyond…
Describing the writings of Mary Weber is a difficult task. She has a very commanding voice (which works to an advantage when one knows Nym) and it’s this identifier that shines through as each page is flipped diving us deeper into the intricate world within these pages. The sense of “place” and with that, personality is astonishing really. In fact, the end battle scene is stuff only the best cinema is made of. For me, it was a surprisingly visual (surprising since ordinarily I prefer such scenes best actually in a visual story) and “real,” which made it all the more visceral and for the expectation of the characters, frightening.
Add up all of the “little things” about this novel and the conclusion reached can only be one thing; this series is unique. Siren’s Song is sure to do three things (at minimum): keep you on the edge of your seat, make you swoon (this one is non-negotiable, subtle though it is) and leave you breathless. The sense of place is fantabulous as is the first-person voice of its heroine, Nym. In her, readers will discover a fierce, but sometimes insecure heroine who same as the rest of us (paying careful relevance to today’s audience), struggles with feeling accepted or loved as she is. There’s a softer more lighthearted side to Nym as well; her voice is distinct and when it needs to be, charming and funny.
There is a lot that could be said about Siren’s Song, but digging into it much deeper than that is sure to give away what is an adrenaline-charged end to a much beloved series. It’s everything readers could have hoped for and then some.
Synopsis: With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.
With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?
Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all. – Goodreads
Coming Next from Mary Weber, The Evaporation of Sofi Snow: In the futuristic SF duology, Native American Sofi Snow’s mission to rescue her brother from the ice planet now orbiting Earth turns into a deadly game of hunter and prey. – Goodreads, 2017, Add on Goodreads
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.