Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Siren's Fury by Mary Weber--Book Review

*There will be some spoilers for book one since book two starts immediately from where book one ended*

“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.” 

Draewulf has taken over Eogan’s body and has stolen Nym’s Elemental abilities. Horrified, Nym plans her opportunity to murder Draewulf once and for all. But she can’t do it without her powers. And then she learns a terrible secret: Eogan isn’t dead; he’s trapped inside his own body, fighting against Draewulf.

The first book, Storm Siren, far surpassed my expectations for a YA fantasy novel. Siren’s Fury, book two, did much the same. It was brilliant. This book is way more intense than the first. It’s deeper, it’s darker, it’s scarier. But it’s good. It’s great. It’s better. Not only did the book jump off right where the last ended (thank you, Mary Weber for not leaving me hanging any more than I had to) but the book as a whole continued this epic tale among this grand world.

There’s a lot of events and information packed into this novel. We learn a lot about more of the kingdoms (yes, finally!!) and about the people Nym has been interacting with since book one. It embodies the first novel—the elements of the first novel—but it goes beyond the first novel: it opens up something far greater. The possibilities of book three could be endless. I’m excited to see what happens, how everything plays out.

This book also goes deeper, darker, and greater than the first one, which was pretty powerful. Nym has to change in some ways to battle this enemy threatening to destroy not only her kingdom but all the kingdoms, the world. But she still manages to hold on to what makes her Nym. I love the balance of ferocity and independence she holds within herself, but I also appreciate her compassion and mercy. That was the best part of the sequel: her revelation about herself, about her abilities, about who she is, about what separates her from being her and being a monster like Draewulf.

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I adore that Nym and Princess Rasha had such a close, healthy friendship. Yes, they had disagreements and Nym didn’t always heed her advice, but they still cared for each other—forgave each other—and helped each other throughout the entire book. I don’t always see strong friendships between female characters in YA novels, so it was refreshing to read. I loved meeting Kel—a sassy young boy from Bron who is trained to be a soldier—and I hope we see more of him later.

Overall: this book was excellent, swoon-worthy, and definitely terrifying.Weber’s strong points definitely shine in her characters, her world building (fantasty laced with steam-punk glimpses. Talk about drool-worthy), and her ability to keep me guessing up until the final sentence, where I once more felt my fangirl heart stop in shock. THAT ENDING, GIRL. ANOTHER NAIL-BITING, ARM-FLAILING, HEART-SCREAMING ENDING, which makes me desperately need the next book—that isn’t even written yet—right now. Come on!  I will be recommending and sending my copy off for others to read ASAP.

This is one YA series you don’t want to miss out on if you’re a fan of fantasy, magic, and some thrilling—and dark—twists and turns. Siren's Fury (and Storm Siren) blend the best aspects of the Grisha Trilogy with the Graceling Realm, including characters as beloved and distinct as  the cast of the Lunar Chronicles. Anyone who enjoyed the first book would be crazy not to dive right back into this world and reads Siren’s Fury. And any one who loves the stories I’ve listed above or any kind of freaking fantastic fantasy would definitely enjoy this series.

Basically: GO READ THIS BOOK NOW! (Then, together we can agonizingly wait for book three's release.)

Thank you, Mary Weber for this fantastic ride. I look forward to the third book. And will beg you for more.

-Jaime
I received this book for free through BookLook from Thomas Nelson publishing to give my open and honest opinion of the story, nothing more and nothing less.

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