Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Published 2014 by Thomas Nelson, 333 pages
Genre: Young adult medieval/steampunk fantasy with Christian worldview
I think I’ve never done this before. I bought this book solely because I loved the cover.
Well, it is in the genre I love, after all, Christian fantasy. So I did get around to opening the book. When I did, I just fell in, really.
Nym is a slave girl with power over the elements that she cannot control. As a result, her owners or their loved ones keep ending up dead. Her parents are dead too. She carries the guilt around, unable to rid herself of it. She has no hope for the future, knowing that her elemental kind live under a death sentence in her kingdom.
A rich woman buys her and puts her to work training under a mysterious man, Eogan, who teaches her gradually to control her powers and tells her she can save her kingdom from the aggressor nation that’s just about to conquer it. But does she want to? And what of her developing feelings for Eogan, who seems cold and aloof?
It’s a wonderful book, so well written. It’s hard to believe it’s a debut novel. I can see Mary Weber has many wonderful books ahead of her. I hope they all have the same cover artist, who is by the way Wes Youssi of M80 Design.
I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway recently (yay!), but haven’t yet read it. I’ve heard a couple of reviewers say it was fairly secular for a Christian fantasy. What’s your take on that? What were the elements of the book that made it “Christian”? … without spoilers, of course 🙂
It must be aimed at the general public and has no overt Christian content. But there is a place in the story that evokes an emotional response in the characters that Christians will recognize. So, if you’re looking for a book that confirms and preaches Christ, this isn’t it. However, it’s definitely written by a Christian and is totally within my comfort zone.