cover image Storm Siren

Storm Siren

Mary Weber. Thomas Nelson, $15.99 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4016-9034-2

Nym has been a slave for 14 different masters when a noblewoman named Adora buys her, although as an untrained storm siren in a kingdom that kills Elementals at birth, Nym is lucky to be alive. In her new home, Nym finds that Adora is one of the king’s advisors trying to stop Faelen from being invaded, and she plans to use Nym’s powers as a line of last defense against the armies of the body-snatching Draewulf. Meanwhile, Nym can’t stop thinking about Eogan, her trainer, whose touch brings a calm the likes of which she’s never experienced before. Nym’s struggles don’t exactly tread new ground, so fantasy readers will feel at home in Weber’s first novel. The romantic subplot falls a little flat, but a detailed backdrop and large cast bring vividness to the story. Nym’s friend and fellow magic-user Colin, for example, keeps the mood light with his good humor without being reduced to comic relief alone. The story takes a surprisingly dark turn as the narrative pieces fall into place for the next book in this planned trilogy. Ages 12–up. Agent: Andrea Heineke, Alive Communications. (Aug.)