by Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins
Release Date: March 1st 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Paranormal
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.
Other books in the series:
Book #1: Storm Siren
Book #2: Siren's Fury
About the Author
Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. Her debut YA fantasy novel, STORM SIREN and SIREN'S FURY are available now in bookstores and online, and SIREN'S SONG will be out March 2016 from TN HarperCollins.
Five Favorite Quotes
Amidst this book of epic battles, inspiring speeches, witty comments, and introspective words, how is one to choose favorite quotes that don’t spoil the plot? I did my best to choose good, safe ones, but I can’t guarantee they are completely spoiler-free. Read at your own risk and know there are many more great words in Siren’s Song. The first four I like because they make me laugh and the last one because it is beautiful.
Eogan: “What was that about?”
Nym: “Nothing. I’m merely beginning to think it’s a Bron curse for the men to talk in hints so as to keep the world confused.”
Myles laughs, then winks at the guard. “Don’t let her fool you, mate. She rather enjoys a good round of letting the mentally unssstable run around with her.”
By which he means himself.
“And what are bolcranes like?” Kel asks after a good fifty terrameters.
“Deadly,” Tannin mutters.
“They’ll eat you in two bites.”
“Neat.” Kel’s eyes are huge. “Will we see any?”
Oh the joy of little boys!
I grin. I’d buy her ignorance if she weren’t Luminescent, and the most powerful one, to boot.
“Don’t you dare.” She leans into me. “I still hate him.”
“I hate you.”
“Clearly. Which is why you still can’t take your eyes off him,” I say with a chuckle.
Nym is, as usual, the narrator. But, I refuse to tell which of her female companions she is chatting with or who about.
“…there is a moment before every storm when the entire world pauses. As if the atmosphere, in unison with the ocean tides, the wind the sky’s watery teardrops, is forced to hold its breath. A bracing against the violence it knows will come—the tempest that perhaps this time, this moment, might actually shred the word’s soul.
I’ve been in that moment in a physical storm so many times before.
I have been that moment.
Today we are the moment.
We are the storm.
And I have never been more proud of my people.
Nor more afraid for them.”
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.