Monday, May 9, 2016
Siren's Song- Mary Weber
Description: 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.
My Thoughts: First, I have something to confess. I never read the second book in this trilogy and I had not cared overly much for the first book. I received this book as complete surprise for review from the Fiction Guild.
I liked this book better than the first one. The feel is not quite as dark and there seems to be less sexual innuendo, though still some. Nym has grown into a capable leader and has learned to stop self-harming, acknowledging that cutting herself doesn't fix anything. I also really liked Kel's character and snorted out-loud when Nym mentally addressed one of the other characters as Sir Doesn't Matter. The ending was one that I both liked and hated: liked because it kept me wondering, hated because it used a point of view other than Nym's... and it kept me wondering.
Overall though, I couldn't get attached to this story. I really didn't like most of the secondary characters and Eogan was about to get on my last nerve up until three fourths of the way through because he refused to talk to Nym about his problems. I also spent a lot of time wondering why characters held off on sharing information until the last minute.
I see where others enjoy the story. Nym is a strong heroine, one who doesn't think that being strong means hating everyone, and the fight scenes are very well done. But while I liked this book better than the first, I don't feel the need to go back and read the second.
I received this book through the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.