Weber, Mary Storm Siren, 320 pgs. Thomas Nelson, 2014. $15.99 Content: Language: G; Violence: PG-13; Mature Content: PG-13.
As a slave, Nym has been passed from household to household, but on her thirteenth visit to the auction block she is provoked in front of a crowd and her elemental powers are unleashed. When she wakes up she is inside the home of an advisor to the court and is given the option to go to prison for killing someone (which happened when she unleased her power) or to train with an instructor to learn how to control her power. She is going to be trained so that eventually she will use her power to turn back the war. Nym is living with years of guilt and a hard life, but she begins to feel hope when she is with her trainer Eogan. When she begins to feel like she can control her powers she learns that there are secrets behind the war and dark powers at play.
I could not put this book down. I loved the growth that Nym showed throughout and I liked the minor characters. The world is explained well and in a way that makes the fantasy believable. The mature content is nothing heavy, but they talk about how they want each other and I don't think that's PG. The violence is mostly war, but at the beginning the way she is provoked in front of the crowd is someone is cruel to a five year old child. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book in the series- I hope that the rest of the series is as strong and good as this first book.
MS, HS-ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.