If you like Marie Lu’s The Young Elites, I think you will enjoy Mary Weber’s Storm Siren trilogy. They have similar elements and similar feels, though they ultimately head in completely different directions. The best part, though, is that Weber’s trilogy is finished (and each ebook only costs $5.99). The final book, Siren’s Song, published this month, and I think it was the best of the three. However, you have to read this series in order. The first book is Storm Siren and the second is Siren’s Fury. The third book, Siren’s Song, is exactly the ending that the Storm Siren trilogy needs. If you have read the previous two books, it would be a big mistake to miss this resolution.
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.
Fans of the series will be quite pleased with the mix of action, danger and thwarted romance. Yes, I said thwarted romance – Bron is free of the Draewolf, but he could be a ticking time bomb, and Nym can’t really take the chance, especially since she is the final puzzle piece in the prophecy. According to Bron, at least. Gah. This is only one of many sacrifices Nym may be faced with making, and as the stakes get higher, it becomes apparent that she might have to sacrifice everything if she is going to give her people a chance at survival. That threat is present and real all the way through this journey, and the suspense makes for a great read. Seriously, the more questions the story answered, the more uncertain I became about the fate of Nym, her friends, and her world’s survival. I enjoyed this series, and this final book is really the best of the three. This series is engaging and the romance is compelling, but I love the fact that it doesn’t have any language or situations that compromise my ability to add it to my classroom library. It is appropriate for grades 7+, but adults will enjoy it as well.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.