"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 change 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 horror Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.
The may require who she is.
Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is face with the chance to change the future.
Or was the Draewulf's plan for her all along?
Review: I received the a copy of Storm Siren from the author about a month ago, and absolutely loved it. I was enchanted by the cover immediately, and have since decided to buy a hard copy of both of these e-books just because they will look oh-so-pretty on my shelf.
Mary Weber delivers a story just as good as the one that the cover promises. Nym is a slave girl, born in the country of Faelen where it is against the law to possess elemental powers. A hundred years before Nym's birth, Faelen had an abundance of elemental men who had powers over earth and sky. However, after years of battle against the monster Draewulf, the rulers of Faelen agreed to kill all elementals in return for peace from Draewulf and his army. Therefore, by law, Nym should have been destroyed at birth. However….not only has she survived to adulthood, she possess one of the most powerful storm-wielding elemental powers ever and she is the only known female elemental.
Enslaved her entire life, Nym has struggled to hide and control her wild and out of control powers. Through fate and misfortune, she finds herself enslaved to a master who recognizes her ability and decides to train her as a weapon.
Skip ahead to book two (but honestly don't skip book one… it's awesome and there are a lot more fabulous parts that I have skipped over), and Nym has won a major victory against Draewulf… in a way. Unfortunately, Draewulf has managed to rob Nym of all her powers and has designs to mass murder thousands of people. Left without her abilities, Nym attempts to fight evil as a mortal. When she realizes that she is hopelessly out-gunned, she turns to Myles - a man she does not trust - for help. Myles delivers, and once against Nym has power… but it is not anything like the pure power she had before. No. This is much different. And in many ways… much more dangerous.
Overall I am really enjoying this series so far. There are character traits in Nym that are a bit stereotypical of a powerful, magic wielding heroine, but it is quite easy to forgive those as she also embodies some pretty unique ticks. The grammar and writing in these two books is quite good. I believe with some time and more practice that Mary Weber's writing will go from good to fantastic. I'm certainly going to keep following her work. Her imagination is lovely, and I am really enjoying the worlds she has created in both these novels and am looking forward to reading more.
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