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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Mary Weber: Siren’s Song

By Kelly Bridgewater

“The realization hits: We’re not going to win. It’s why I couldn’t defeat Draewulf in Bron—because this power was never mine anyway. I drop my arms and let the energy die off. And turn around to face Eogan.”
After a fierce battle with Draewulf, Nym barely escaped with her life. Now, fleeing the scorched landscape of Tulla, her storm-summoning abilities are returning; only . . . the dark power is still inside her.
Broken and bloodied, Nym needs time to recover, but when the full scope of the shapeshifter’s horrific plot is revealed, the strong-willed Elemental must race across the Hidden Lands and warn the other kingdoms before Draewulf’s final attack.
From the crystalline palaces of Cashlin to the legendary Valley of Origin, Nym scrambles to gather an army. But even if she can, will she be able to uncover the secret to defeating Draewulf that has eluded her people for generations? With a legion of monsters approaching, and the Hidden Lands standing on the brink of destruction, the stage is set for a battle that will decide the fate of the world.
This time, will the Siren’s Song have the power to save it?

From Amazon
My Thoughts:

Mary Weber jumped onto the speculative young adult scene a couple of years ago. What drew me into her stories were the beautiful covers. They didn’t look like anything else I have seen in the market, but they were breathtaking. With each addition to the series, the covers have kept up the same beautiful artwork. I really enjoyed the first book Storm Siren while Siren’s Fury didn’t capture my attention as much. With the newest book, Siren’s Song I feel kind of torn.

Weber does a great job at keeping her readers grounded in her made up world from book to book. Never once have I questioned if Weber had taken me out and placed me in another world. If a certain aspect was true in the first novel, it was still true in the third book, which is really important when keeping readers of fantasy linked into the story.

The plot does drag a little until eighty percent into the novel. I had a really hard time staying focused for most of the book. Nym had to run around and go from one area to another and beg to have others stand up for the fight against Draewulf. So it wasn’t really exciting, but when the final battle actually starts, Weber shines. She shows how the battle is supposed to happen and allows me to really feel like I’m there in a safety bubble watching all the destruction happen around me.

The romance between Nym and Eogan come to head in Siren’s Song. Ever since the first book, Nym and Eogan have been fighting their feelings for each other, but Weber finally allows them to admit that they care for each other.

The ending is totally unpredictable, and I enjoy how Weber jumped out of the normal conventions of what should happen at the end of a fantasy novel.

A long awaited epic conclusion, Mary Weber’s Siren’s Song welcomes readers back to the world of Nym and the fight with Draewolf with an epic showdown that should satisfy even the pickiest fantasy geeks.

I received a complimentary copy of Siren’s Song from Thomas Nelson and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars


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