*I received this book as an ARC for an honest review*
The second in The Storm Siren Trilogy, Mary Weber delivers magic once again. Siren’s Fury takes us back to Faelen, Nym’s country, as well as to a few new ones. The novel picks up right where we left off, and am I very glad that that specific cliffhanger is over. Fury captures the intense hate that you can feel with Nym, and it is an appropriate title because it is one of the main emotions that guides her on this journey.
Weber is a true storyteller, as she can craft the perfect written word. From gruesome, to painful, to beautiful, she handles each moment within this novel with an air of grace and expertise and makes the story come to life. Magic exists within the world, and Weber weaves it naturally into every day existence, as well as into the underground and forbidden. The friendships, relationships, betrayals, and ordinary moments are life-like and realistic, even in a world of magic. Enemies become (maybe) friends, and you slowly learn more about those around Nym who we have seen before. Each character has their own moments, and one particular ship’s figurehead brings a few laughs when needed.
“Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning. Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.
As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.”
The fact that Nym is robbed of her summoning abilities is perhaps what makes this novel. It forces Nym to face the world without the power she had finally (somewhat) mastered, and to face not only those around her, but her true self. Nym must come to grips with what truly makes her, her. As she realizes that perhaps her powers were not the curse she always believed, she wrestles with decisions she is unsure how to make, and the pain of losing someone she loves, something she has not experienced in a very long time. Nym’s character development is believable and the problems that she wrestles with things many of us can relate to (without the magical element, sadly). When a person believes they are defined by one thing, and that is ripped away from them, they must face themselves without it and decide whether or not they like who they have become.
As to characters, Draewulf, the main villain of the book, develops and grows within this novel, and it is interesting to learn more about the villain. The pity that Nym feels for him makes us realize that once upon a time, he truly was just a man. His own story is heart wrenching, but not enough to ever make us like him. Weber does a good job of reminding us that his choices led him to where he was, but he was affected by the people around him as well. The creatures that appear as Draewulf’s and Isobel’s army are truly daunting and deformed. They are the things we fear in the night, and when the creation of them is explained, it shows just to what lengths Draewulf will go to become what he so desires, Ruler of all.
Imagery is certainly one of Mary Weber’s strong suits, and for me I sometimes regretted that. Spiders are one of my absolute fears, and if the same goes for you, there are moments within this book you will not appreciate. At all. However, that said, the fact that she had me cringing and trying to scratch my skin off occasionally, certainly proves her writing prowess. I much more appreciate the beautiful imagery, as that did not leave me with nightmares. Descriptions of the magic performed within this novel makes us feel as if we can see it happening, which is good as it helps make it that much more real.
The pace within this novel was slower, and sometimes I had a harder time with it. I think the book could have benefitted from speeding up a bit, simply because I was anxious to find out how everything was going to turn out. However, the details that are given throughout the book are very important to what happens in the end. The battle scenes are complicated and interesting, and the two main enemies are terrifying and emotionally unstable, as they should be.
If you want an unexpected ending and are up for surprises, then this book is the one for you. I did not expect the detail we find out towards the end, nor did I expect the final battle to turn out how it does. Though I have a small concern about how a ripped apart body comes back together… I’m just going with magic as the answer. All in all, it ends well but I cannot wait for the third one to see how this story ends.