This book was on my TBR list for months. Months! And I never read it until someone else I knew on twitter and the bloggersphere read it and said how amazing it was. So I went on amazon, bought the other two books and then while on holiday I cracked open book one.
“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.
Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed. Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumours of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.
But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for? Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.
The freaking cover of this book is so ridiculously amazing I want it for my own book. It is beautiful. I also loved the blurb, it has the perfect balance of intrigue and mystery to pull you in and want to know more. The ending of this book was also brilliant because it ended the story perfectly as well as starting the second one, of course it was a cliffhanger that had you thinking WHAT THE HELL, but it was still enjoyable. I have moved it along in my TBR so that hopefully I can finish this series sooner rather than later.
Two questions are always floating in my mind though: Why are Elements only ever boys? Why is Nym the only girl Elemental that we know of? I am hoping the next two books answer both these questions.
Nym is an orphan slave girl suddenly thrust in the middle of a war between two kingdoms that has been going on for a long time. She was bought by a crazy slave owner as a pawn & a weapon to end this war once and for all, but she must prove her worth and learn to control her abilities or be killed for the abomination that the world thinks she is. Her character is delightful and throughout the book and I love how she grows.
I loved the romance between Nym and her trainer Eogan. Although there were a lot of chances for the author to turn it into a love triangle I was so happy she didn't, it made the romance all the sweeter. While the story is mainly about Nyms journey to self-discovery and redemption from the guilt she feels of what she did in her past, the way the romance elements just intertwined with it perfectly.
This book was so original, I would highly recommend it.