If, like me, you first saw STORM SIREN and thought it was going to feature our favorite underwater tailed characters, you'd be wrong. It does, however, deal with elemental magic, and that's still okay in my book!
Nym grew up believing herself to be a monster. No one wants her. She's an orphan thrust in slavery, bounced from one owner to the next. Every time she becomes someone's new "possession," she receives another tattoo around her wrist. She's now onto her fifteenth owner, and people are wary of her. She believes that she is cursed, and that she kills everyone around her, bringing bad luck wherever she goes. Having never known her heritage, Nym has no clue about the truth behind the power she possesses. If she can get it under control, she has the potential to save her kingdom. If she can't, she'll destroy everything and everyone.
Elemental novels have been done before. But something always draws me back to them, again and again and again. The Uathúils brought so many new ideas to the table, and I loved reading about them and their abilities. It will be interesting to discover even more of what they can do in future books. They helped STORM SIREN separate itself from the pact. It's not just "another elemental novel."
With all of the talk lately about Diversity in YA, I was thrilled to see that STORM SIREN featured so many diverse characters. Disabled characters, colored characters, insane characters. I asked author Mary Weber about their development during our interview and loved the fact that they were integrated naturally without just "being there" to fill a quota. This is exactly what we need right now, and exactly what the movement is pushing for. I think a lot of people will be pleased with this aspect of Weber's novel!