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Siren’s Song by Mary Weber
Release date: March 1st, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
With the loss of Tulla still fresh in mind, Rasha’s fate unknown, and Lord Myles taken over by the dark ability, Nym and the few Bron soldiers rush to warn Cashlin’s queen. Only to discover it may already be too late for the monarch and her eerie kingdom. As the Luminescents are sifting through Nym’s past memories and the queen is reading into her future, Nym is given a choice of how to defeat Draewulf, but the cost may be more than she can bear. And even then there are no guarantees.
With that reality burrowing into her bones—along with the guilt of the lives she will sacrifice—Nym returns to her homeland of Faelen to raise an army of peasants through promises of freedom. But when the few friends she has left, along with the world and citizens she loves, are staring down the face of a monster and his undead army, will Nym summon every element her blood is capable of controlling . . . or surrender to a different strength—one of sacrifice?
Because in the end, death may be more merciful for them all.
I find it’s always difficult to write a review for the final book in a trilogy or series. Either people have read the other books already and formed their own opinions or they don’t want to read this because let’s face it, even the synopsis contains spoilers. But if you take one thing away from this review, I hope it’s that the Storm Siren trilogy is absolutely amazing. Reading the third and final book was bittersweet. It’s always hard when it’s time to end a journey three years in the making. There is also always a fear that the final book won’t live up to your expectations. Storm Siren hooked me from the start, the cliff-hanger ending was devastating! Siren’s Fury surpassed all of my expectations. Let’s just say coming into this book my expectations were sky high and Mary Weber completely exceeded them! Siren’s Song was fantastic and my favourite from the trilogy!
First, let’s recap. The story focuses on Nym, a former slave, who has the special elemental power to produce storms. Once a curse, she learns to harness her power and uses it to save her home kingdom of Faelen from losing a war against the neighbouring kingdom of Bron and the evil Draewulf. However, Draewulf (an individual with extraordinary powers) tried to utterly destroy Nym’s life. Now she must create an army strong enough to destroy Draewulf before he conquers the world she has fought so hard to protect.
What has always stood to about the series are the strong characters. The author has built multifaceted characters that I became very emotionally attached to. As I had said in my previous review for Siren’s Fury, Nym is a fabulous female lead. She’s intelligent, loyal, strong and determined, but not perfect. She’s in a constant battle between doing what is right for herself or what is right for the kingdoms. The friendship between Nym and Rasha comes full circle in the book with Nym sacrificing so much to help her friend. I think YA needs more strong female friendships like this one. Also, Myles, that slippery snake, actually grew into one of my favourite characters. I hated him in the first novel and found his witty retorts amusing in the second. Here, he completely surprised me!
What I particularly liked was the action. There was so much of it! The build up to war, the preparation and then the actuals battles. It was non-stop. The whole book was written at a fast pace and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was such an exciting read that I never wanted to put it down. It was a constant fight between wanting to continue on reading to find out what would happen and not wanting the series to come to an end.
While the series may have come to an end, I know I won’t hesitate to reread it again and again. I’m eagerly looking forward to what Mary Weber will release next!