Title: Siren’s Song
Book Three in the Storm Siren Trilogy
Author: Mary Weber
Published by: Thomas Nelson (3/1/16)
384 Pages (hardcover)
Blurb: “The realization hits: We’re not going to win. It’s why I couldn’t defeat Draewulf in Bron—because this power was never mine anyway. I drop my arms and let the energy die off. And turn around to Face Eogan.”
After a fierce battle with Draewulf, Nym barely escaped with her life. Now, fleeing the scorched landscape of Tulla, her storm-summoning abilities are returning; only . . . the dark power is still inside her.
Broken and bloodied, Nym needs time to recover, but when the full scope of the shapeshifter’s horrific plot is revealed, the strong-willed Elemental must race across the Hidden Lands and warn the other kingdoms before Draewulf ’s final attack.
From the crystalline palaces of Cashlin to the legendary Valley of Origin, Nym scrambles to gather an army. But even if she can, will she be able to uncover the secret to defeating Draewulf that has eluded her people for generations? With a legion of monsters approaching, and the Hidden Lands standing on the brink of destruction, the stage is set for a battle that will decide the fate of the world.
This time, will the Siren’s Song have the power to save it?
My Take: I was so torn for half of this book. I wanted to read this book, because I loved the characters and the world and wanted to know what would happen. Yet part of me wished to delay reading this book even longer in order to prevent my time with Nym and Eogan and Myles and Rasha and the rest to come to an end. This book has seriously sat on my shelf since March, ignored because I didn’t want to conclude this trilogy. Yet, as with all good things, it eventually had to come to an end. And now, looking back, I am so glad I finally got around to reading this book.
I absolutely love Mary Weber’s writing and her fun, engaging characters. The imaginative world. The overwhelming sense of impending doom and dread that casts an overtone upon everything going on. Those things carried through in all three books, each in its own unique way. Yet the sense of despair is at its peak in this book. They even have a timeline, given early on, about when they can expect Draewulf to make his appearance for, what will amount to, their final battle to destroy him and, should they fail, the world will be subjected to his evil plots and armies of wraiths for who in hulls knows how long. Litches, this book still has me hooked.
As one should come to expect, the finale in this book certainly delivered. There were elements of unknown still in play. The heroes faced seemingly insurmountable odds much like Aragorn and company outside of the gates of Mordor in Return of the King. The tension builds and builds until the final seventy pages when that battle finally begins and events roar forward to a memorable climax and resolution. Yes, this was the book that readers deserved. It was easily better than Siren’s Fury, which was still a good book but fell short of Storm Siren. This is probably an even better book than Storm Siren, although I think a rereading of the series would be needed to give that as a definitive answer. Altogether it was satisfying and, while I am sad that the trilogy has ended, I am delighted that this delivered upon every expectation I could have hoped for in a conclusion.
If you haven’t read these books yet, you really need to do so. This trilogy will be a perfect fit on any 2017 reading list, and would make a great gift for male or female readers who enjoy fantasy or young adult fiction.