Siren's Songby Mary Weber
“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.”
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“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?
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Book Three in the Storm Siren Trilogy
By Mary Weber
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I pull harder on the air currents while staring at the broad-black man beside me. I still can't keep my focus off him — the fact that he's real and alive and truly here with me — planted firmly on the airship's deck as he surveys the Tullan earth flying by beneath our small war-fleet. The red dirt and rocks have long since changed with the landscape below to brown and green shadows, blending together like a muddy painting as the airship vibrates and the sound of the droning engine competes with his soldiers' shouts.
Eogan doesn't move to give orders or shout back. Just stands there in his torn red Bron suit in the same stance he's been in ever since finishing his kingly duty of checking on his men and assessing the full extent of our losses. And, if my suspicions are correct, interrogating Lady Isobel and Lord Myles in the dining room where they're being detained.
His handsome face barely shows the strain.
Even his skin and clothes, stained with the blood of wraiths and men from the battle we're fleeing, only serve to make his twenty-self look fierce as hulls.
I bite my lip and steady my legs, weakened from my aching chest wounds. And keep my gaze level on him. This king who spent the 4past few months as my trainer, stealing every bent piece of my bleeding soul only to break those pieces with his own confessions — resetting them.
He is the choice I made over this world and the Tullan people.
He is the chance I took. And I'd take it again in a heartbeat.
For the hundredth time in the past four hours, the thought emerges that I don't know if that makes me selfish or weak or daftly insane, but there is the bittersweet truth of it.
* * *
Four hours earlier
I reach up and push fingers into Eogan's jagged black hair, then pull him closer as he studies me with a gaze that says he knows how unsure my heart is. And how heavily it's breaking. For Colin's homeland of Tulla and its people we've just abandoned to Draewulf. For the entire Hidden Lands.
The airship we're being whisked away on lurches, then rises higher as Eogan's green eyes pierce mine, and suddenly I swear he's pulling back the lid on my soul, and in the process he's accidentally exposing his soul. Which, if the flash of grief is any indication, is aching just as bad as mine. Even if he still doesn't know how to acknowledge it — or what to do with it.
Next thing I know his mouth is present against mine, his lips searing, burning my bones, setting my soul to crash into his earthen heart like sea storms in winter. Bringing with it a hint of his calm to flow through my sliced-bleeding chest where I'd clawed my flesh open in my attempt to get the dark ability out. Willing me the belief that love can fix a multitude of worlds and souls and wounds — promising to send my hope soaring for 5 what goodness our world can still produce. And for the hundredth time around this man I am completely undone.
I have to resist turning back to survey the burnt sky and red rocks of Tulla, or look for Draewulf's ships amid the smoke. Are they pursuing us? "What happens if Draewulf reaches Cashlin first?" I whisper.
"He'll take over the queen and her Luminescent ability."
"And then what — come for Faelen's King Sedric?" Will his Dark Army come?
"Then he'll come for me," Eogan says.
My hand flutters to find his against the cold metal. "I won't let him. We'll hide you."
His smile is soft as he shakes his head. "I've been hiding the past four years and it didn't do any good. The only way to defeat him now is to fight."
"And if he kills you next time?"
He falls silent. Enough so that I look up at him. "If he kills me, then he'll come to Faelen," he says quietly. "But not for King Sedric."
I frown. "But the prophecy —"
"The right to rule was given to five Uathúils — monarchs. And the line of Faelen's royal blood was always the strongest. A lin-eage that belonged to the original rulers of Faelen." He pauses and softens his gaze, reaching his words deep into my soul. "Sedric's ancestors weren't Uathúils, nor were they the original kings. The Elementals were."
The airship shudders, and the sensation is answered by a matching quiver beneath my skin. In my veins. In my chest's torn-flesh that is threatening to make me feel woozy. I blink and frown harder at him. And swallow as the voice of the witch who was Draewulf's wife rattles in my chest. "And whatever you do, don't let him take the final one."
When I look down, my left hand is twisting even tighter into the crippled stump owner number fourteen made of it. As it squeezes, a tiny black line emerges through the vein beneath its skin, and for a fleeting second the feeling of dark hunger edges my lungs.
Like the distinct imitation of a spider testing my sinew before beginning to reweave her web.
Eogan's voice emerges again through the wind and sea salt and snowcapped air. "When he comes to Faelen, it'll be for you. Because you're last in line, Nym."
* * *
I inhale and open my mouth. Then shut it.
Eogan's gaze shifts to study mine before it falls to my shaky fist. "How is it?"
I swallow and glance away and crush my fingers to give a fresh burst of wind. "It's weak, but the power's definitely there. It's growing."
"That's not what I meant." He nods at my chest.
"Still hurts, but it'll be fine." I hope. I haven't looked at it since the sight of the shredded skin nearly made me vomit hours ago.
He slips a hand over my arm as if to test to see if I'm lying, because clearly he knows me too well. The span of a heartbeat goes by before I feel his soothing ability wash over me, and this time I welcome it, embrace it, allow my body to rest in it a moment.
His face turns the slightest bit gray and weary. "And without the dark ability, how is it?"
"Better. Calmer." I allow a smile. "More myself."
He snorts. "So, ornery as hulls then. Lovely."
I'm debating smacking the arrogance off his face, except he glances away — quick I almost miss his expression in the dying sun. It's thick with tension and hope and something suggestive of attraction.
I smirk. Until two seconds later when I nearly jump out of my skin as the nearby airships sound their horns.
five airships altogether, counting ours. The captains alerting each other we're all here. We're all okay, and we're all flying as fast as possible through the icy air to the strange kingdom of Cashlin, which we've never seen, to rescue a Luminescent queen we've never met. In hopes we'll reach her before Draewulf is done ravaging the land of Tulla we've left only hours ago.
I peer down at my own blood-torn red dress. Just like earlier, I don't have to look behind us to know the black smoke from the battle is still climbing. I feel it billowing up and clawing at the sky. Like spirits from the grave. Moving over the moun-tains along our right — reach beyond them to Faelen and the Elisedd Sea.
Suddenly my stomach is twisting again over what those wraiths are doing to the people we left behind in Tulla. What they're doing to Rasha, Cashlin's princess and my friend. If only we'd acted faster, stronger — only I'd been more decisive and moved against Draewulf on the flight there from the kingdom of Bron —
Eogan's lips flicker sad. "Don't."
He raises a perfect brow at me. "I know you're thinking it again, and don't."
"Really? Because I was thinking how very much like a bol-crane you —"
The airship beneath our feet lurches and drops down on the currents, wobbling so hard I have to grab the deck railing to keep my balance this time. Litches.
"We'll get Rasha back, I swear. And like I said, I was wrong about you being able to kill Draewulf. Once you'd destroyed me, he wouldn't have had my block to contain him and would've suc-ceeded sooner. So stop skinning yourself over it. Better to focus on asking me your questions, don't you think?"
I frown at his daft piercing gaze. The conceited stare that says he knows what else I've been thinking and is simply waiting for me to get around to it while he stands here. Blasted oaf. The questions come flooding back anyway, though — me being Draewulf's final target. About my Elemental heritage. About what I am and what my parents must have been.
I snort, purse all hint of amusement from my lips, and don't ask anything.
His short laugh catches in the breeze, and next thing I know the sound has sent my lungs running for air — aches and attitude melting with it. Because it's the rich chuckle that's his and his alone. Draewulf could never mimic or claim it even when he possessed Eogan's body — how no one recognized it was the shape-wearing Eogan's skin based on that missing clue is ridiculous.
Even so, I allow a barrage of ice flecks to impale his jagged black bangs swagged across his left cheek. He pushes a hand through them, which only succeeds in making them stand up like a rooster tail, making me chuckle too.
And just like that, the air is thick with it again. He doesn't even feign differently, just swerves his admiring gaze across my messy-tattered-figure and reaches for me. He tows me close until I can feel his warm breath fighting the wind for the right to snag my hair.
For less than three seconds I actually pretend to bat him away before giving in to the comfort of his arms and skin and uniformed chest. Because whatever I regret about having to leave the Terrenes and their people to fend for themselves, I will not regret this. Him.
"I missed you," I whisper.
"I rather missed me too."
I pinch his bicep and he yelps — I fold in tighter between his arms and try as hard as hulls to hear his heart beat beat beating over the airship's droning. I'm answered with another surge of calm that flows through my skin to coat the very lining of my veins and rib cage.
"I'm glad you're you again," he murmurs into my hair.
"Are you just going to repeat everything I'm thinking? Because I was about to say the same for you."
He laughs, although it's weaker this time. "To be honest, I'd rather erase everything you're thinking." He tugs my chin up until my eyes connect with his. "Except for this." He presses his lips to my forehead. Where they stay.
Where we stay for what feels like hours.
Until a soldier's shrill voice rips apart the moment. "Look ahead! To the mountain peaks."
We're almost there.
I feel Eogan swallow and sigh before he releases me and turns to the soldiers assembling across the deck. There's a new weariness in his stance.
"I should help them. Except ..." Except his gaze says he's not about to leave my side any more than he's already had to.
"I'll help too."
He nods toward those soldiers who are shoving aside the ignored wraith bodies from Draewulf's Dark Army piled outside the dining room wall. Or what's left of the bodies. Apparently the 10 living dead can only be stopped by dismemberment beyond recognition, which means the pieces are still leaking greasy black blood all over the deck.
It calls a shiver up my spine. Because even their blood still feels alive. As if the sorcery that made them is still here, still feeding off their flesh.
Still hunting us.
My skin prickles and the sensation of Draewulf's presence suddenly rushes across the distance to slither inside my blood and just about bowls me over. "I'm coming for it," I feel him murmur. "For all of it. I'm coming for you."
What the —? I gasp and fog spurts up past us as the ship dips. I peer behind us through the misty dim at the Tullan black smoke.
Eogan pauses. "Nym?"
I shake my head. "It's nothing. I just —"
A muffled boom shakes the metal beneath our feet, and the next second a blast of air attacks my face and body and sends the ship shuddering.
What in blazes?
I look over in time to see one of the four nearby airships plunge down. The resounding boom is followed by a terrible shredding that's loud enough to drown out the roar of our own engines. Oh hulls no. I lean over the railing and watch as the neighboring ship begins spinning below us, slowly at first, until it picks up speed and twists in the air.
I glance up at Eogan, then around at the faces of the soldiers as they rush to the railing. My gut swirls in horror right along with that ship.
"Is it Draewulf?" someone shouts.
"Or the Cashlins? Are they targeting us?"
Eogan's fingers move almost instinctively from my waist to my arm, and I tighten my left hand's deformed fingers into a fist. We're rewarded by a flash of light igniting the dark sky, followed by a ripple of thunder that is still weak and weary sounding, but at least my abilities are coming back.
Eogan presses down on my wrist — to will me his calm but to ignite my power. I lift my hand and let the air currents slide over it, cold and smooth like ocean tides on white sand. And beg the Elemental in my blood to stir faster, stronger. To shiver alive and recuperate quicker.
The nearby ship keeps lilting and falling in spurts.
"It's not working." Oh litches, it's not working.
I turn to Eogan. And pause. Because suddenly it's not just me — wrong with him too. Eogan is weakening. Whatever energy he's giving out, it's draining him and his skin is turning ashen.
I pull my arm away and grapple for control of the wind beneath the dropping airship, but it's nearly impossible, especially without interfering with the flight of the one we're on or the three farther out. The wind around us begins wailing, the atmosphere growing violent. I cling with one hand to the rail while my other works to steady the air.
Until the failing airship below us tilts up midspin and exposes the source of the shredding: the ship has a gaping hole in its side.
The soldier closest to me gasps. "Sabotage."
"No, it was weakened during the battle, and the force of the wind at our speed has taken its toll." Eogan points to where the airship's metal sheeting has peeled back. "That's not man or magic caused. It's a design flaw."
The soldier respectfully looks away. Eogan would know such a thing better than anyone. He's the one who created them.
It doesn't matter now though because the ship just keeps spin-ning faster. Like a child's pinwheel.
Another boom rocks the air from my chest as one of the metal planks peels off the ship's side and flies up to rupture the balloon.
The moment freezes.
Every soldier lining the deck near us freezes.
As if we all know the horror that is to come for the soldiers and child captains on board that airboat.
It drops like a rock from the space nearby.CHAPTER 2
Bleeding hulls," Eogan bellows.
Pieces of the ship's balloon rip and tear off and flail up wildly past us as the thing falls, sinking down down down. Like one of the paper boat-kites I used to take out to fly in storms when owner number three wasn't looking. Those ships always sank as soon as the rain hit them.
Oh please, no.
My prayers are too late. My stomach clenches and ignites as a burst of flames and heat billows up through the dark, announcing that the ship and its occupants have hit what appears to be a thickly forested ground.
Suddenly my insides are lurching and my nausea is twisting into fear as a loud tearing sound rips through the space above me. This time it's closer. Louder.
Without looking up, I know it's our ship.
Eogan's large guard, Kenan, swears, and I glance up at the giant balloon overhead to where the Bron soldiers have used metal ropes and tethered themselves to posts as they scamper about. A few minutes ago they were almost done repairing the rip Draewulf put in the balloon.
The hole has just split wider with the shifting winds and a spike of metal from the other ship's hull that flew up and impaled it.
Eogan grabs for me, pulling me against him, and yells for the men to hit the deck or tie onto something. The airship lilts and drops, and I swear bile comes up my throat.
From somewhere nearby, Kenan yells, "Tell the captains to go faster."
"We've just passed over the river separating Tulla from Cashlin," Eogan says. "Any faster and this ship will shred apart like the one we just lost. Have the fuelers open the vents all the way to keep the balloon filled, and have the men who're roped on clear the rest of the bodies from the deck."
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...not to give the book, and the series, 4 stars. The writing's sometimes clumsy or just strange, but the characters, plot, and world-building are excellent. If I hadn't just finished something by Sarah J. Maas, I would probably be less reserved, since I really enjoyed the whole series. It's distinctive and original - and occasionally, quirky in ways that didn't quite work for me. But highly recommended to any fan of epic fantasy. The series' strongest point is its remarkable avoidance of fantasy cliches. While I read the books, I was completely absorbed in the characters and story. Now, what sticks in my head is the originality of the author's vision. There are plenty of connections to basic fantasy themes and structures, but the author has woven them into a genuinely new, and refreshingly strange, creation.
So here we are in the third installment of Mary Weber’s Storm Siren Trilogy and our protagonist Nym is still trying to defeat that evil Draewulf. Siren’s Song picks up pretty much right where Siren’s Fury left off. Nym is en route to rescue the captured Princess Rasha. Nym and her posse try to warn Rasha’s mother, Queen Laiha, of the dangers headed her way but the meeting doesn’t go as well as hoped. If you’ve worked your way through the first two books, you might remember Nym losing her Elemental powers. To compensate, she made a visit to a witch and picked up some powers more dark in nature. It proved to be a decent quick fix to get her Eogan back but now she has to figure out how to keep those dark powers from overtaking the good, light part of her soul. It was always funny to see how the bouts of foul weather would give away Nym’s rough mood days. X-D And how did I not pick up til now that Eogan is only 22?! Seemed so much older! And the “Skinny Love” reference... did Mary Weber slip in a Bon Iver reference in there?! :-) Much of the same drama you’ve seen from earlier in the series continues here, only with the ramped up intensity that you’d expect of a series closer book. Some of my interest in the plot waned here and there whenever the battle scenes declined -- there are some wonderfully LARPy battles near the end! -- and talk of court politics increased. A little intrigue here and there I’m all for but some of it went on a little long. I do really enjoy this cast of characters though, so the humorous banter often pulled me through the drier parts. I also liked the tension that was built around the character Myles as his powers grew. It was fun to keep guessing if he would turn good or bad in the end. There’s also the adorable little boy Kel who brings some sweet levity to otherwise intense scenes. I remember noticing that Weber got a little heavy-handed with the fake swearing in the second book -- this book is put out by a Christian publishing house so when characters needed to swear, she had them using made up curses like “litches”, “hulls”, “bolcrane” (bolcrane doubles, also the name of a feared, deadly lizard-like creature within the Storm Siren world). Though the presence of that pseudo-swearing felt rather ever-present in Siren’s Fury, here in the third book it seems to fall off to nearly non-existent. I would’ve loved to see a few more scenes within the Valley Of Origin, but otherwise I thought this was a strong finish to this whirlwind nature-inspired fantasy series. Definitely an improvement from the somewhat lackluster plot of Siren’s Fury. This closing book features a strong ending with one pretty epic final battle. Those scenes in the final pages are seriously LOL adorable! YA fans, check out the shout-out to author Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) in the acknowledgements! It was neat to learn that he helped write the few chapters written from Eogan’s POV. POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING: Because Nym using cutting as a way to process her internal pain throughout part of this series, author Mary Weber recommends that readers who might be triggered visit the website To Write Love On Her Arms (twloha.com) for information and help. FTC Disclaimer: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book & requested that I check it out and share my thoughts. The opinions above are entirely my own.
Siren's Song is a story that will encompass you in its creative telling and leave you satisfied at the end. This is a story you don't want to miss! I thoroughly enjoyed Nym's story through the last two books and this third and final installment was no different. Filled with fast-paced action, dire circumstances, and romance, Mary Weber creates a stunning ending to this thrilling fantasy trilogy. The weight of her peoples future rests on Nym's shoulders. Filled with this sense of purpose and the release (kind of) from the dark power that consumed her in book 2, she is set on a course to save the kingdom, or die trying. I found Nym's journey in this book to be intriguing. Aside from one "battle" (not really a battle) that she doesn't get to fight herself, she is in the midst of the activity and fighting to make things right. She's suborn, but smarter in her actions (to me at least) than she was in previous books--I attribute that to her growth as a character. The romance is also there, but stilted (not in a bad way) and filled with tension, which I tend to like. There were a few times I wished that Eogan was more communicative, and his silence just seemed silly. Like...say what you're thinking. Then again, guys don't always do that, so I get it (hehe). Then there was the ending...I just...I loved it. *sigh* I won't go into details here, but it was just what I wanted. Filled with hopes, fears, excitement, twists, happiness, and so much more. I will say I wished some of it had been a bit more drawn out, but I am still completely satisfied with how it ended so it wasn't a "big" deal. As a theme, I really liked how Mary incorporated the issues of slavery and cutting into this YA series. These are such important topics and very relevant to today's youth. I won't spoil the ending, but I love what happens regarding Nym's scars. Just beautiful! I definitely recommend this whole series to lovers of fantasy (YA or not)! You'll find yourself swept up in the imaginative world Mary has created with its crazy animals, genuine characters, and vivid fantasy elements. (Oh! see what I did there? Elements! Anyway...) Go read this if you haven't already, friends! P.S. I think Lord Myles is one of my favorite characters...Just saying! My Rating: 5* Originally posted on my blog: http://eahendryx.blogspot.com/2016/09/sirens-song-by-mary-weber-review.html _______________ I received a free copy of this book for review purposes but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
Siren's Song is Mary Weber's third book in the siren trilogy. If you have not read the first two books; Storm Siren and Siren's Fury, you need do that now. You shouldn't read them as a stand-alone and I sure don't want to spoil anything for you. I absolutely loved this series. I didn't think I would. I'm particular on what YA fiction I read because some of it gets redundant. There are only so many vampire stories or dystopian series you can read before they all blend together. This however, grabs your attention from the get go and doen't let go until the end of book three. If then, because to be honest, I'm really wishing there was a book four. Yes, it's that good. Nym is a female Elemental, and she isn't supposed to exist. She was never supposed to be, but yet here she is. Once a slave now turned war hero she still struggles with her inner demons, to come to terms with what she is and what she is supposed to do with it. She is more powerful that anyone can ever imagine, but how can she tap into that power and save her people,and, her love Eogan, and defeat Draewulf. They are being hunted to the death and she is their only hope. Even though she's not completely sure how to save them. She didn't ask for this, but she will do what she has to do to save Eogan. Draewulf is the stuff nightmares are made of, seriously. He is basically a shape shifter that is half wolf and half man. Whomever he enters he destroys from the inside out, absorbing their soul and tearing their flesh when he's done. He is pure evil. Not even his daugher is safe from his wrath. His main goal is to last forever. How will he do that? By destroying all of the royal bloodlines of Tulla, Cashlin, Faelen, Bron and Drust. Will the people fight back? Certainly and that just makes it all the more fun for this demented monster and his dark army. Never have I been so captivated by a story as much as this one. It's a classic tale of good versus evil, yet it's not. There is so much more like the inner struggle to love yourself. To believe you are wothy of a destiny bigger than you ever dreamed. To ignore the naysayers and possibly overcome a colorful past. No one is truly good, we all have things that make us less than proud. Truly evil? Well other than Draewulf, I'd say no one is truly evil. By the time you get to the third book the characters become friends. Egogan, Nym, Rasha, Myles, Colin, Brek, Kenan, Kel, a loveable band of misfits if there ever was one. Some are royal, some are slave, some are Uathuils, others soldiers but all bonded by friendship and their desire to save their people. I loved the fact they weren't all the same. They weren't even from the same countries, yet they looked past each other's differences and annoyances and became friends along the way. Despite the horror and devastation of war they always had each others backs and would walk through fire, or a dark army to help their friends. So what are you waiting for? Grab yourself a copy and join Nym and her band of misfits on a journey of a life time that will touch your heart in a way you never imagined. *I was given a copy of Siren's Song from the TNZ Fiction Guild in exhange for an honest review. The opinions expressed above are my own.
What an awesome series. I give each book 5 stars. Enjoyed the storyline and the characters. Didn't want it to end.
Riveting! Couldn't wait to read each next chapter. Excellent!
Book Three of the Storm Siren trilogy, this brings Nym’s story to a close. Nym has faced battles and must face her greatest test. This is the first review book I have not read. First, it is the third in a trilogy and I never read the other two. I have absolutely no idea what is happening with the characters or plot. The other reason I did not read it is because the story is not the type I read. There are pieces to the story that I stay away from when looking for a book to read. *I received this book free from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.*
I always say this about fantasy books, "that they are not my usual genre" which they aren't. Yet, I have never read one that I didn't like. This one included. I did have trouble at the beginning and there were several instances when the author would relate to events that happened in previous books. (This was the third book in the series.). However, that in no way diminished my enjoyment of this book. I wish I had read it from the start, but that wasn't the case. While a few parts at the end were a little cheesy, I do think this would be a great YA book as kids are into the fantasy stuff. And like I said, even as an adult I enjoyed it and was very entertained. I'd like to thank Zondervan books and Net Galley for sharing a free e-galley with me in exchange for an honest review. I would definitely recommend this book!
Boy, Mary Weber sure knows how to get you invested in her characters. No matter what I have thought about the story line or genre I was still ready to cry there at the end. I was surprised by that! Glad to have read this trilogy. I’ll be looking out for more.
I received this book for a honest review from Fresh Fiction. I wish I had read the 2 other books in the series but this book was a wonderful book. If you like a fantasy book with a lot of intrique then this would be the book for you to read.
As a member of the Fiction Guild, I receive free books each month to review in exchange for my honest review. As part of this past month's package I received Siren's Song, the third book in the Storm Siren trilogy. This book was not suited to my liking as I really don't enjoy fantasy type books. Mary Weber's writing definitely caters to a young teen audience and she has a poetic voice that I like, however, the book was just not suited to my taste. I had not read her previous two books in the series so I was not able to understand where this book even started. I was not able to get halfway through before putting it down and deciding to write the review. Weber's characters, especially Nym, are strong and likable, but I just couldn't finish this book. The plot and storyline were hard for me to get into. If you do happen to enjoy reading fantasy where the main character is strong, and different worlds are at war with one another, then I recommend you try the series for yourself; please don't let my disliking deter you from reading this series. This genre is just not my favorite and I was surprised to receive a book that was the third one in a trilogy. Perhaps if I had read the first two books then I would've enjoyed Siren's Song more. Thank you to the Fiction Guild for the book in exchange for my honest review.
Siren’s Song by Mary Weber was an engrossing read. She really sucks you into Nym’s unique, often scary world and Nym herself is as original as the land she lives in. In this book, which picks up right where the second one leaves off, Nym is desperately trying to rally all peoples for one last desperate fight against the evil Draewulf, who would consume them all, and his wraith army; a lot of pressure for an ex-slave who can barely control her superpowers. Especially since she’s still haunted by the decisions she made previously, the nightmares of what will happen if she fails, and the fact that the man she loves is on the line… as well as the guy she can barely stand yet can’t help liking. This book will keep the pages turning. The entire trilogy is very interesting- and intense- and I heartily recommend it to everyone. My thanks to Thomas Nelson’s Fiction Guild for my copy the opinions are my own honest ones.
I was a little perplexed by the title, "Siren's Song" so I looked up the word siren. I was surprised to find out that a siren is from Greek mythology. A siren was a beautiful but dangerous creature, one who lured sailors to ship wreck by their enchanting music and voices. After finding out what a siren, I began to read this story. I didn't read the first two books in this series and I think it;s a must to read the other two stories first....because this is the conclusion. Even though this isn't the type of reading material I would choose, I must say that this is one fast paced read. And the author does a great job with description. The reader can probably tell by the book cover that this is story is labeled as christian fantasy. To tell the truth I have a hard time reading fantasy...any kind. I just don't enjoy it. It seems too made up to me. Even though this is a well written book, I just couldn't "get into the story." This is book for this christian fantasy readers. And it has a grand ending! *This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
Must read. A great conclusion for a fantastic series.
A journey of hope and despair.... Siren's Song The Storm Siren Trilogy 3 By Mary Weber Nym and Eogan have barely survived their latest confrontation with Draewulf - but Princess Rasha is now in the enemy's hands. Lord Myles has absorbed all but a remnant of the darkness that Nym had taken into herself and it is consuming him. War has truly come to the Hidden Lands and no one may be able to survive the power of Draewulf. The fate of their world, their lives lies with a girl who was not suppose to exist, who was never suppose to survive. But how is Nym suppose to stop this ancient foe who is slowly gathering the collective powers of the Uathuils into himself? Sacrifices will be made in this almost hopeless endeavor. The only question is who will be left to experience victory or defeat? Change is coming and Nym will help usher it in. This is the third and final book in the Storm Siren series. We will be given a glimpse into Nym's past that we haven't yet been privy to. Siren's Song has threads of both hope and despair running throughout though it is not as dark as Siren's Fury. Overall I really liked this book especially Kel, the child captain of one of the Bron airships. I love his comments when he gets disgusted at Nym and Eogan's kissing (slobbering is his preferred reference to Nym). I think this book and series is appropriate for older teens, though as a teen reader I would have been of a mind with Kel and been put off by Eogan and Nym at times. Nym's growth through the series from slave to leader is impressive and as are those who helped to her find herself. I have to admit I really like the covers for these books which is what drew me to them in the first place. Fans of fantasy ya fiction will have something new to engage their minds. I was provided a copy of this book by BookLook and the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review,
Siren's Song is book three of the Storm Siren Trilogy. It isn't my normal genre that I particular read but did find this to be a good read. 4 stars.
I received a copy of this from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. Bloody bolcranes and elemental powers! What a horribly magnificent and frustratingly exhilarating ride! This experience was like watching a thriller, where I, the observer, wanted desperately for the heroine and hero to hear my shouts of warning and wisdom, to no avail, mind you. Only to realize, in the end, all that happened was needed. It's how the characters (and we) learn and grow. Ultimately, it was the ride, the characters, and the underlying themes that sated me. As I began the final book in this trilogy, my agitation toward Nymia clashed with my curiosity about a few other characters, committing me to the final installment. I bought into a world that was on the brink of dying, but seeming to have forgotten what it meant to live in the first place. I fell for the hope of a king, the youth of boy warrior, and the freedom of a common people and slaves. I loved and hated these characters in the final book. I had to remind myself that Nym was 17 and still learning about life. At times, I wanted to shake her and the other characters awake! This was not an easy read for me. It is well written. There is just so much to glean from the pages. At times, the details seemed overwhelming because I wanted to know how it turned out, not talk about the stench of wraiths in the forest (yeah, impatience reared its head). The twists thrown right and left, kept my heart beating double time. There were moments of beauty and pure ugliness. In the end, the author wrote a fantastic tale. Through reflection, we see the importance of making choices and the lesson of consequences; the idea of true freedom and true love (of self, country, and others), and hope. Of course there is violence and death, it's the impending battle of good versus Draewulf. The cussing was Faelenian , Tullan, Bronic, Cashlinic and Drustic sayings, so, no worries. There was kissing, but it was rare, and none led to inappropriate acts. This was a great adventure. I highly recommend this entire series.
What do you say when you turn the last page of a story that spans three books without giving anything away? Wow. The feels. All the feels. Siren’s Song is the satisfying conclusion of Nym’s story. A beautiful, passionate story of overcoming and becoming one’s true identity infused with love, peril, and plenty of action. Like Storm Siren and Siren’s Fury, the pace is fast, the tension and the stakes are high, and the characters leap from the pages with life and raw emotion. I laughed. I cried. I needed a moment to adjust to reality again. Good-bye Nym and all the other characters we grew to love. It was a great adventure. An adventure I highly recommend. *I received an advance reader copy in conjunction with the book tour.*
First off, I must warn that this review contains major plot spoilers for books 1-2, Storm Siren and Siren’s Fury. I highly suggest completing those books before reading this review! Eogan is alive and separated from Draewulf. Nym has her powers back. But Draewulf still lives and plots to gain immortality by devouring the five most powerful people in the Hidden Lands. To do so, he will conquer each of the five nations, enslaving and murdering the peoples with his wraith army. Eogan, Nym, and several others are the only ones who can possibly stop Draewulf. And they are on his hit list. With his power growing ever stronger, will they be able to conquer him and his army before he destroys them? This book…yikes! I would not want to be them. With a monster breathing down their backs and terrible choices to make. Even if they choose correctly, they may still lose the war. I am thrilled to be able to witness their epic story!—safely, in my own home. And it was epic. Elementals, Luminescents, Terraforms, Mortifares, Medians, and those wacky combinations as in the case of Lord Myles—all held great power. It reminded me strongly of the anime Bleach, where the characters’ swords hold so much spiritual power they are able to create a canyon or topple a skyscraper with a single slash. Except the characters in Siren’s Song didn’t need a blade to wield their power. All they needed was themselves. Too bad there are only a few of them left when the showdown begins. Siren’s Song was dark. In addition to the pure, natural-born abilities there is also dark magic. It is what created Draewulf, what Nym ingested and Myles stole, what raises the dead to become zombie-like wraiths, what twisted Isobel to become the heartless wretch she is. It is slowly driving Myles insane. Then, there is the hopelessness of the characters that furthers the dark tone. Draewulf’s army becomes more unstoppable as the story progresses. Even if the entire nation of Faelen rose up to fight in the battle, the situation looks utterly hopeless. But hope is to be found within the Siren’s Song. I enjoyed this book very much, in case you can’t tell. Book two, Siren’s Fury, had me doubting the conclusion to the series. I hated how dark the series had become even as I longed to learn how it ended. But Siren’s Song made everything worth it. I loved the sarcastic humor and the many inspirational or introspective paragraphs. I loved Nym’s temper and her love for Eogan, as crazy as they drive each other. I love Nym and Rasha’s friendship—like two girly BFF’s. I loved nearly everything about the book and would recommend it to fans of YA/NA fantasy. Just…be prepared for anything. I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My first thought finishing this book was, “how in the world am I supposed to write a review for this book?” I don’t know how to give this trilogy justice with mere words. This achingly beautiful, reverently hopeful, and downright stunning finale had me both sniffling and laughing with SO MANY FEELS. My little sister literally stood next to me cracking up because I was going crazy. Hmph. Well, she’ll understand when she reads it. In this finale to the Storm Siren Trilogy, Nym has once again just been defeated by evil shapeshifter Draewulf, barely escaping with her life. Torn down and wearied, she feels hopeless as to how he will ever be defeated. With her abilities returning and Eogan healing from Draewulf’s presence, Nym must go across the Hidden Lands and try to form a plan to save the world from the monster. But the question still remains. How will Nym defeat him, and even if she can, what will it cost her and those she loves? “Your true ability is what I’ve always said it was. Your compassion and desire to protect. That is what you’ve extended to these people. It’s what you’ve given them. And that is why they’ll follow you.” Mary Weber has done it again! Brought us a story that magically transports us to another world, leaving us breathless and hungry for more. She literally could not have written a better or more satisfying ending to this gorgeously captivating trilogy. As I was reading and marvelling at the beauty of her work, I couldn’t help but want to pick up the first book and start all over again. This is a story, you guys. A story of hope, love, and fighting for what is right despite impossible odds. This is what YA fantasy should be. Every single character–Nym, Eogan, Kel, Rasha, Myles, Sedric…I loved them. Nym was so strong and stubborn and Eogan made my heart melt, always looking out for everyone else. In fact, everything about this book was so beautifully done. Even the author’s note at the end had me tearing up. Fans of this much-loved trilogy will not be disappointed with this epic finale! I can’t help but be sad that it’s over. But I know that whenever I want to relive the hopeful and loving emotions I felt with these books, I can pick them up again. I feel like there is so much more I should say, but I don’t want to overwhelm you all. I sincerely hope I properly conveyed to you guys my feelings for this book. My final words on it can only be this – go read it. You won’t regret it.
Where to start with this one is so hard. Im writing this right after I finished. This one is a keeper readers! It will rip your heart out just to put it back and then at the end make you burst out laughing! I think my husband thinks I'm bi polar now. Nothing like crying to laughing out loud. The one thing I will say about this one is that I NEED MORE! I want a short novella that is set a few years in the future where everyone is married and popping out little magic babies!!! Ok so with the reviews. This was a doozy! It starts off where book two ended. Nym's man has been saved kinda of. Nym has found out that she is the rightful ruler of Faelen. And well the stupid Lord Myles has sucked up the creepy power that Nym had. ugh. This one follows Nym while she tries to save everyone, freeing her people, and really trying to figure out if she will have to give the ultimate sacrifice in the end. The characters in this one come full circle. We get to see some old friends and well the final battle has an Avatar feel to it. Where the world comes to their aid. But even that may not be enough to save them. I love how the author did the ending to this one the switching of POV at the end was really awesome! Loved seeing this from Eogan POV. I really hope that if the author/publisher decides to give us more from this world we get to see more from his POV. The storyline is in par with the other two books and this one comes to a head with the final battle. Its a give or take all battle that either they will win or not. We do loose some much loved characters which so made me cry my eyes out. But it all works out in the end. I am finding it so hard to review this without giving away anything. I just don't see how these books and this one esp. could be any better. Well other than it not to be ending. I think my fav side character in these last two books have to be Kel he is awesome! Im am just so so I don't know all over the place in a good way with this book I loved it and you will to. So are you a fan of fantasy? Then pick this up NOW!! You won't be disappointed! Go Into This One Knowing MUST READ! No love triangle, Great Ending!
Are you willing to die to save everything you’ve come to hold dear? It might just come down to that in Siren’s Song. The choices are few and the cost high! Great cities have fallen, friends have been taken and Nym is racing against the clock in an air ship to warn all about Draewulf’s plans. Can she raise an army, control her power and destroy Draewulf or will he take her and make her is means to destroy the world she is fighting to protect. This being the third book in this series, I find it difficult to go into much detail without providing spoilers so I’m going to head more toward my thoughts and not much more plot. Nym is strong, faithful and although she takes a licking, she keeps on going. She is the rock that will have to hold them all together. I truly admired her as heroine in this tale. Who doesn't love a kick butt heroine with magical powers. Eogan is a great and loyal romantic interest who has been scarred by his encounter with Draewulf. He is more withdraw and I found the walls he’s constructed for protection disheartening. More secretive and less open, Eogan must face the demon's of his past encounter with Draewulf if he wants to survive the next. Bottomline, this young adult story has strong characters that you can really get behind. The pace and action kept me reading till the wee hours. I really enjoyed reading Siren Song and would recommend this series to any young adult romantic fantasy fans. I received this ARC copy of Siren's Song from Thomas Nelson in exchange for a honest review.
Well friends, we’ve been waiting for this conclusion from the fabulous Mary Weber and guess what? This book did not disappoint in the least! So let’s dive right in! Don’t you just love truly satisfying conclusions to trilogies? That’s exactly what Mary Weber has given us! An action-packed read from start to finish, with the characters we love and those we, well don’t, this was entertaining and fun to read. I really liked all our characters went through and the sacrifices made. I appreciated the honest struggles Nym, Eogan, Myles and so many others Weber reveals and takes us through (Also, I heart little Kel). Not only does this make the characters relatable, but makes for some dramatic reading. I’m a fan of Nym – her commentary often made me chuckle and I love the heart she has. Also, I just have to say there was one part (of course won’t give the specifics) where Nym did something so awesome (like she dropped the mic) and I absolutely loved her for it. (If you’ve read it, let’s have a conversation and I’ll tell you which part!). For fans of the series, I think you’ll love the conclusion and if you haven’t had a chance to read this series and love fantasy, well, what are you waiting for?! What’s a trilogy you recently finished? (Thank you to Thomas Nelson HarperCollins for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review) Originally posted at: http://booksandbeverages.org/2016/03/01/sirens-song-by-mary-weber-book-review/
*RELEASES BREATH I KNEW I WAS HOLDING BECAUSE THIS BOOK WAS TRYING TO KILL ME* I don't know how I'm supposed to review that in an intelligent, coherent way, but I'll try... THAT. WAS. FANTASTIC! I'm always nervous going into final books, thanks so much for that permanent scar on my soul, Book That Shall Not Be Named, that starts with A, ends with T, but was written by Veronica Roth. I started SIREN'S SONG, made it a few chapters in and had to set it aside. Because stress. I repeated this cycle several times over the course of a week, until finally, finally, I put my big girl booknerd socks on (you know, the ones that look like old school library cards) and made myself finish it. I'm SO GLAD I did. SIREN'S SONG had everything I was looking for in a final installment: action, adventure, romance and swoon. It also held a few surprises that I REALLY COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT, LIKE CHAPTER 41 OKAY, MARY WEBER? *sighs* Okay, so I kindofsortaknew something was going to happen, but still. I don't like pain. I loved that Nym and Eogan got to spend the bulk of the book together, instead of only the last few chapters. It made their relationship believable. NGL, I really enjoyed the kissing scenes. As with the two previous books, the side characters were a lot of fun too. Except for Isobel. That girl and her father made me stabby. It's always nice to come to the end of a series and feel a mix of satisfaction and longing. I'm satisfied with how this ended, but I could always read more. I'm looking forward to what Mary Weber comes up with next!