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Book Review | Siren's Song

Siren's Song
Storm Siren Trilogy #3
Mary Weber


Nym and Draewulf prepare to face off in a battle destined to destroy more lives than it saves.

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.


{The Basics}
First of all, this is the third and final installment to a trilogy.  So I will, of course, adamantly recommend that you read the other two novels BEFORE this one.  It's so worth it, believe me!

At only seventeen, Nym has gained much and yet lost so much more.  A former slave, she was purchased for the fifteenth time to be trained and used as a weapon.  Little did she know that with her abilities, she would become just that: a powerful weapon that can save her homeland and those she loves, and yet something more--HOPE.  She gives her people hope.  

Nym hasn't changed much in regards to her personality.  She's still that fiery storm girl, but deep inside she finds an inner compassion she didn't know she possessed.  And not only for those few she truly loves, but also for those who she despises.  And in that, I find myself loving her all the more.  

Not much that I recall. . . Except a legion of the undead. . . But that can wait till the Violence section.

{Spiritual Content}
There is a Creator, who is said to reside in the Valley of Origin.  Which to me sounds an awful lot like the Garden of Eden.  Well, sort of.  :]  Nym, including a few other characters, say quick prayers to the Creator for guidance, strength, and protection.  

[SPOILER]  It is said the hideous creatures known as bolcranes were originally great Uathuils (beings of power, like Nym, who is an Elemental.  Other Uathuils are Terrenes--think, earth benders, Mortisfaires, Luminescents, and Medians (healers).). These creatures disobeyed the Creator and were banished to the Litchfell Forest.  Sound familiar??  
        (Note also, that this doesn't really make Nym an angel, though. . . Heheh.)

This part of the trilogy is all the while leading up to a massive battle.  So it's a given that men, women, and some children are killed.  Lots of blood and gore.  Characters have their chests sliced open or throats ripped out.  A scouting group of men are killed and impaled on stakes, then set aflame, as a sign to the good guys that there will be no mercy.  

Draewulf's Dark Army are wraiths magically made up of dead men and creatures pieced together. . . Really gross.  And super creepy.  Which makes it a good bad-guy army, I suppose.

Some use their abilities to, for lack of better word, torture their "victims" for information.  

{Language, Alcohol & Drugs}
Our curse words are substituted for others like "litches," "bolcrane," "bleeding," "bloody," and so on.  Other than that, it's rather clean.  And can be humorous.

Ale is present in taverns and royal parties.  Some characters are hit with a drug that knocks them out briefly.  

There is obvious affection between Nym and Eogan.  They exchange kisses and embraces (some a little intimate), and it's great to see their relationship gradually grow.  Although at times you feel like slapping some sense into both of them. . . "She loves you, how can you not understand?? GAH!!"  Oh, was that out loud? . . . 

Overall, this was an amazing ending to an incredible series.  Written in first person, Mrs. Weber pulls you in and holds you tight through the whole adventure.  You will laugh and cry and never want to put it down until the last page is turned.  You'll come to love all the characters, even some you once despised, and will get rather attached--be warned! However, due to some of the content, mostly violence, I would not recommend to everyone.  But if you love the fantasy/medieval tales with awesome abilities gifted by a Creator, then you'll love this one.  But read the first two!!

Recommend ages:  16+



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