CSFF Blog Tour-Storm Siren, Day 1

mary-weberThis month the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring Storm Siren by Mary Weber. Although the publisher doesn’t list this book as geared toward a young adult audience, the Library Journal review labeled it as appropriate for grade 8 and up.

I also haven’t seen any genre label other than fantasy. It’s not dystopian or post-apocalyptic, it’s not fairy tale fantasy or urban fantasy, and it’s not really epic fantasy either. It dawned on me somewhere in the middle of the book that it’s more nearly like a superhero story—a fantasy style X-Men, but without the comic book feel.

There are a number of similarities, at least on the surface. Though I’m fairly ignorant of the X-Men stories, I noted that there’s persecution of the “mutants,” there’s a place where these people with superpowers—in Mary Weber’s world, called Elementals—are being trained so they learn how to control their powers, and there’s a powerful Elemental with borderline telepathic ability who can manipulate others to a degree.

But this story is still a fantasy, so the world has a medieval feel, though there’s the introduction of some weapons technology that plays a key part in the plot. In other words, Storm Siren is a unique blend of superhero and fantasy genres.

sirens-fury-coverThe book has been out since August 2014, and during this time it has garnered considerable attention. There are reviews and author interviews all over the web.

Happily, book two in this series, Siren’s Fury, is scheduled for release in June, so the CSFF Blog Tour comes at a great time to draw attention once again to Mary Weber and to her debut novel.

Recently Weber wrote a guest post for Speculative Faith, sharing a little about the inspiration for her characters and a bit more about her life apart from writing.

The tour is well underway, so I invite you to stop by the blogs of these CSFF participants and see what all they have to say about Storm Siren. As usual, a check mark links to a tour post. You might especially be interested in Julie Bihn‘s comments on costumes and the ending of this first installment in the series or Phyllis Wheeler‘s remarks after reading the book a second time.

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10 Comments

  1. Thanks for the mention (and as always, thanks for your efforts in keeping the links updated!). I think you linked my article under Phyllis’s checkmark and your text mention, though. I think the correct link is http://christian-fantasy-book-reviews.com/blog/2015/04/13/storm-siren-by-mary-weber-another-review/

    And you’re right about the genre-bending, which I hadn’t actually thought of. Good call!

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    • Thanks for the catch, Julie. I’ve corrected the links now. I had your article linked all over the place! (I’d linked your post to her check mark, too). HA! 😆

      I appreciate your encouragement even in the face of my blunder.

      Becky

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  2. Becky, Nym reminded me of X-Men too. She and other elemental’s fight discrimination by others, and a feeling of not fitting in within their self. Thanks for the review.

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    • Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who saw the similarities, Tim. But then when I read her Spec Faith article, I was pretty sure I wasn’t making things up. You see, she referred to her husband as Wolverine! 😉

      Becky

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  3. Interesting connection, Becky! I hadn’t thought about it before, but now that you pointed it out, I can see a bit of the X-Men elements. From book two’s cover, it looks like it could be a bit steampunk as well.

    Thanks for sharing the link to the Speculative Faith article. I hadn’t seen that yet.

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    • Oh, wow, good catch, Jennette. I haven’t read enough steampunk to recognize it, but as soon as you said it, I thought, yes, definitely! So it really is quite a mash-up of genres, but within the fantasy family. I guess that’s one of the things that sets it apart.

      I liked Mary’s Spec Faith post. It was a unique way of letting readers get to know her. 😀

      Becky

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  4. […] Storm Siren. Be sure to see what others had to say in their posts. The list is at the bottom of the Day 1 […]

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  5. Not familiar with X-men so that’s interesting tidbit.
    Book 2’s cover definitely has a Steampunk feel about it so will be interesting to actually read if it does have any of those elements in it.

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  6. […] article was written for the CSFF blog tour of Storm Siren, for which I read and reviewed the novel, and it has been cross-posted to my […]

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  7. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who felt the X-Men vibe: it was very strong in places, but not in a bad way. It was far more homage than theft.

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