“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.
As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth—meaning, she shouldn’t even exist. Click here to continue reading
What an awesome cover!!! A girl with white hair, with strange marks on her arm, and lightnings coming out from her fist. But that’s not all, she’s standing in a defiant position against a dark building among dry trees covered by snow, or so it seems. I choose this book among others from the Book Look review program and I got to say the cover was the only thing I liked from this book.
The story had a lot of potential, we’re introduced to a fantasy world with kingdoms in conflict. There is royalty involved, monsters, humans with elemental powers and our girl who’s not supposed to exist. The word epic fantasy could be chosen to describe all this things, but actually the word average fantasy is the one I had in mind during my reading.
The worldbuilding was poor. In my last review I said this:
There are authors who believe their readers automatically know the world where the story takes place, and they fail to make the world feel real and alive.
Well, this was the feeling Storm Siren made me feel. Every time we’re introduced to new places or characters the lack of details was present, at least this was how I felt. For this type of story I was waiting for something else, more vividness, more epicness and less:
He’s got his shirt off, showing muscles hardened through what must’ve been months of training. p.58
Nym is the protagonist, a slave girl that is getting used to be sold again and again until she finishes with Adora an extravagant woman with secret intentions. I could never know what was Nym’s real mood. Most of the time she was really upset, because of her background I kinda understand the rude behavior she had. What I couldn’t understand was the constant romantic tension with Eogan. The following quotes are just an example:
The firelight bounces off his dark skin, making it glimmer. It’s beautiful. p.50
And then Eogan’s lips are on mine. Pressing. Calming. One hand slides to my waist while his other tangles its way through my hair, pulling me in, forcing his heated mouth harder to mine… p. 175
At times I felt Nym was like Bella describing Edward with endless adjectives.
The trio formed by Colin, Eogan and Nym felt forced and flat. There was no dynamic happening between them. Adora and Colin are the characters that I believe have a strong potential if developed better for the next two installments of this series. But for this one I just couldn’t relate to no one.
Storm Siren is published by Thomas Nelson and while I was not expecting a preachy kind of book, the preachy side was never there. There are some glimpses at the very end of the book that also felt forced. It was like the christian allegory was more a requirement than the core of the story.
I didn’t like this book and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Being honest, this is one of those books I want to finish just because I like to finish what I started, not because I’m excited about it. And I’m pretty sure this is my first two star review. Believe me, it’s not my intention to bash the author or her efforts, I’m just trying to share my personal experience.
I received this book from the Book Look bloggers program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.