Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1) by Mary Weber
Seventeen year old Nym is an elemental - a person with paranormal powers that allows her to control the elements, in her case, the weather - who lives in a kingdom that is rather medieval in nature. Most of the people are poor, mistreated peasants, there is no technology, and the rich upper class has no compassion for the poor. Her kingdom has been embroilled in war for almost a century and according to a past treaty, elementals are feared and often killed. Nym is an anomaly because usually elementals are male. She is a slave and is bought by an evil rich woman named Adora who is having Nym and Colin, who is an earth elemental, trained to fight in the war. Their trainer is a devastatingly handsome man (love interest) named Eogin whose touch calms her and helps her to control her powers which she fears because usually when she gets upset and her powers erupt, someone dies either by being struck by lightening or hail or something. Nym is both drawn to and repulsed by Eogin as he teaches her that her curse is actually a gift. But, still, he is training her to be a weapon, something that she does not wish to be. Politics, magic and romance abound in this first book in this series. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and look forward to reading the others.