Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber (Book 2 in the Storm Siren Trilogy)
Published June 2, 2015 by Thomas Nelson
368 Pages (Hardcover)
Blurb: “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 risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.
Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.
As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.
My Take: This book has me conflicted. I certainly enjoyed the story, although not quite as much as the first book in the series, Storm Siren. There was a lot of inner turmoil and conflict. The promises made at the end of the first book (MAJOR cliffhanger) took hold of the plot for this one. This story is a lot darker than the first one in plot, and there were moments I was mad at the choices Nym made. And the book sets up the (I assume) final book in the trilogy. I can already tell I will probably like the next book as much as the first, based upon the twist that this book ended with, which would make this one the middle book in a trilogy that seems to fall flat simply because the books on either end of it are even better. But this was still, without question, a great book in a fantastic series.
I must write, for a moment, about the beautiful prose that Mary Weber writes. Her language is elegant and flows through description and action in a way that makes me jealous as a writer. Listening to the audio of this book put that on full display, and I found myself being absorbed in the wonderful command of language that is so rare in writers. I can wholeheartedly recommend this trilogy to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy, as this will not disappoint. It is so elegant and the plot is so unique and interesting with characters you will love and loathe. Do yourself a favor and get the first book, and then the second book, so that you will be prepared for the release of the third on March 1st!
Check out the book trailer for the first book in the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k79C_iOmpvQ