The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

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From the book: “Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi’s dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth’s corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth’s Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi’s the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she’s convinced he’s been taken to the ice-planet.

“Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.

“For Miguel, Earth’s charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight’s bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he’s a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.”

If you’re like me and you loved Mary Weber’s debut Storm Siren trilogy, don’t expect this series to be the same. It is a completely different world, a completely different genre–but it is just as gripping to read.

It took me a bit to get into the book, because it is so different from her Storm Siren world, but Weber had to build this world, write history for this dystopian Earth society, and give us reason to cheer for or want to strangle her characters (which I absolutely did on both counts). Once I felt at home with the Corps and gamers and ambassadors (and never felt comfortable with the Delonese…), I could not stop reading.

There are so many layers to this story, each one more intense than the one before, and many lessons that can be taught through this book. It could be a great classroom (or dinner table) conversation launcher for issues that we face (or, sadly more often, ignore) in our own society.

But the ending…

 

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*Thanks to BookBub for this pic.

I just have to say, there’d better be another book coming soon! Until then, read it!

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Fiction and NetGalley for the ARC of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

 

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Siren’s Song by Mary Weber

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Draewulf and his undead army of wraiths are heading to Faelen. Nymia and Eogan know that they alone cannot stop Draewulf from consuming them and becoming the most powerful being in the Hidden Lands. But with Princess Rasha held captive by Draewulf and Lord Myles having taken in dark magic, their circle of allies is shrinking rapidly. Nym must inspire the people of Faelen to fight for their very lives, before she may be forced to give up her own life for them.

This last book of Mary Weber’s Storm Siren Trilogy is the ultimate in more than a chronological manner. I seriously enjoyed both Storm Siren and Siren’s Fury, but Weber definitely brought the full force of her storytelling power into Siren’s Song. The characters gained depth and dimension, and the tension ratcheted to a feverish crescendo. I stayed up way too late to finish this book, but could not force myself to put it down before I found out what happened!

I highly recommend you read Mary Weber’s Storm Siren Trilogy. It is a world well worth getting sucked into! And just a note – you definitely should read them in order.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂

 

Storm Siren by Mary Weber

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She lives in a world where being different can be deadly – and her white hair marks her as not only different, but unique. Nymia has spent fourteen years at the whims of slave owners, paying in blood and pain for the guilt that suffocates her. But a twist of fate has landed her in a new situation…train to harness her strange abilities for the defense of the kingdom of Faelen or die. Nym must decide between blind obedience and following her instincts, which could mean laying down her life for the first friends she’s ever known.

Storm Siren is a debut novel for Mary Weber. The story is smoothly written, swiftly inviting the reader into the mythical world of Faelen, with its peculiar customs, creatures, and concerns. Reading this book became, for me, like looking through a glass darkly – I saw shadows of the world around me, yet clothed in a much more outré package. And, like our own world, it all boils down to love and forgiveness. It was fantastical and intriguing, and I’m looking forward to the next installment in the series.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from the BookLook Blogger Review program. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!