Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: Siren's Fury by Mary Weber

Siren's Fury

By Mary Weber

Blurb: "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?

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

Series: The Storm Siren Trilogy (book 2)

Pages: 352

My Rating: 2 stars

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was rather lukewarm about Storm Siren, but I tried out Siren’s Fury because I thought this book would have more what I was missing from the first. That didn’t happen. I actually enjoyed the first book more; this one had more of the problems I had with the first book, only amplified.

The first is that Nym has not improved for me as a character. I have decided that I really just don’t like her that much, which is sad, because there is SO MUCH potential there. The first book, I thought it was just the fact that I didn’t like her and Eogan’s relationship. But now I’ve decided that I actually DON’T like her; she doesn’ t make great choices, and she just didn’t have the kick butt personality that I thought might show up here now that Eogan wasn’t a thing. 

I mean sure, she’s not one to just let other people get in on the action while she does nothing. But I really felt like she doesn’t exactly have a well-developed personality. In my review of Storm Siren, I called it bland, and…yeah. That’s really not changed at all. It’s just so hard to root for her when she’s not all that exciting.

The whole “let’s pity Draewulf” thing just didn’t work for me, either. I like when villains aren’t so black and white evil, yes. But, once you do make a villain that despicable, there really isn’t any going back. Draewulf can have a sad backstory, yes. I mean, even Voldemort kinda had one! But Nym’s pity for the thing that totally ruined her life in more ways than one felt a bit forced. 

And now, we get to Eogan. First note; I still don’t like him. I really don’t like Nym’s relationship with him at all. Which, like I said, is kind of why I read this book even after not liking the first one too much. I thought that No Eogan would mean Good Storyline. BUT NO, HE STILL INFILTRATES EVERYTHING WITH HIS EOGANNESS GAH. I was so. Mad.

Lastly, I still don’t feel like this book utilizes action and thrilling scenes enough. Maybe it’s because I just don’t care enough about the characters for any of the scenes to really thrill me; but I thought there was a lot of lag between scenes that actually had some exciting things happening in them. There was a lot of politics, training, bad decisions courtesy of Nym, but not much excitement. 

On the bright side, the world in this series gets a bit more developed in Siren’s Fury. It filled in a lot of gaps that the first book left wide open. It’s still not as rich as I’d like it to be, but it feels a lot more explained in this book.

Take this review with a grain of salt, because the first book, according to me, was just average. If you loved Storm Siren, odds are this review won’t reflect your opinion of Siren’s Fury. But if you, like me, read Siren’s Fury and couldn’t decide whether it was good enough to continue or not…maybe you should give this one a pass. 

3 comments:

  1. I keep seeing mention of this book and that cover around so I had become really curious as to how it was. I'm sad that you didn't much care for these. I feel a bit hesitate about them myself. Great review!

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    1. Yeah, they are definitely...interesting books. I feel like because I've read so many awesome fantasies I've become kind of picky, haha. Thanks Kristen!

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  2. Ah, it's a shame this sequel wasn't any better than the first book! If the first one is lukewarm I am always hoping it will improve somewhat and not decline in my opinion. And if the main character is the problem... I have not read these books yet but I doubt I will.

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