“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.”
Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.
When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.
They may require who she is.
Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.
Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along?
Source: ARC from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley
After really enjoying the first book in this series, Storm Siren, I was excited to get my hands on the second installment. However, this definitely suffers from middle book syndrome. Many of the things I liked about the first book just aren’t in this one – the pace is much slower, Nym doesn’t really develop much as a character (except to go backwards), the other characters themselves don’t change or expand, we don’t learn anything new about the world and the romance is flat out missing. It’s not a bad book, but I have to say I expected more stuff to actually happen.
Because nothing really does. The situation Nym finds herself in at the start of the book is pretty much the same place she’s in at the end – people she loves are in danger, she feels like she’s failed, the bad people are still bad, the good people are still (mostly) good, the world is going to end and she’s struggling to control her powers. Yes, some of the individuals are different at the end than from the start, but not by much, and the changes only really happen in the final few chapters.
This is a book of hand-wringing, low-voiced arguments, disposable side-characters, lack of action and all round repetitive threats, while Nym is alternative weak and feeble or power-hungry and murderous. The characters themselves might physically move to Bron, but we learn nothing about the kingdom except that it’s very warlike, they like turning children into soulless killers and the people have no compassion, and since Nym hardly even looks out of a window, let alone goes outside, the country itself is a mystery.
Amongst all this slow moving nothingness, a prophecy is revealed, we do learn more about Draewulf and his origins, while Nym makes some questionable decisions and learns some dubious powers thanks in part to Princess Rasha’s obscure advice and Myles’ creepy manipulation. In terms of the series, it’s useful stuff, but really the important bits of this book could have been distilled into a handful of chapters.
If you’re a fan of the series and loved the first one, then you’ll want to read this anyway. As part of the series it’s an okay continuation, though not a patch on the first book. If you’re new do not start here, for one thing the action leads straight on from Storm Siren and doesn’t spend much time recapping. Read it as bridge to the next book – here’s hoping it’ll live up to the first one.
Siren’s Fury is out June 2nd!
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