Storm Siren by Mary Weber is a fantasy fiction book geared towards young adults, but the content and storyline is certainly something that can fin into the regular adult category as well. The central character is Nym, a 17 year old slave girl in the Kingdom of Faelen. She belongs to the Elemental kind, which are usually born as males and killed at birth, so Nym surviving is quite a miracle.
When she is auctioned off
and her uniqueness is revealed, she is bought quickly by a court advisor
of Faelen, who recognizes Nym unique ability to summon and control
storms. The advisor recognizes that this ability of Nym could be turned
into a powerful weapon that Faelen can use during war. Nym is given a
choice, either be used by Faelen to win wars or be killed. She chooses
life and is thrown into politics, court intrigues and endless training,
which is hard work for Nym. Especially with a trainer that miraculously
can calm every lightening trike that Nym creates, the training can be
frustrating at times and Nym is also wondering what the secret of her
trainer is that has this unusual ability. And soon enough there are
hints of romance between the two, especially since we find out that her
trainer and a secret to tell of his own.
Like most fantasy books,
there is a significant cast of characters, lots of names of people and
locations to memorize. The author does provide a map in the beginning
that helped me to orient myself, but I still found myself going back to
the map several times throughout the book.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.