Author: Mary Weber Published: August 19, 2014 Pages: 320
Stars: 3.5 out of 5
“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”
In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.
As a slave, seventeen-year-old Nym is devoid of of any rights. Standing on the auction block, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.
Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.
Nym is an Elemental who should not be alive. Not only is it unheard of for there to be a female Elemental, but all Elementals are killed at birth. Everywhere Nym goes, destruction follows and is brought on by her curse. Now 17 year old, she has been sold 14 times into slavery. Everyone who recognizes her tattooed arms, snow white hair, and sky blue eyes is afraid of her. Everyone except Adora.
Adora is a noblewoman who has offered Nym something that no one else has before, training and forgiveness for her sins. But this does not come free and Adora isn’t as sane as she first appears. If Nym accepts to be trained and gain control over her powers, she will become a tool for Adora to use at her disposal. Although she will have more freedom, she will remain Adora’s slave, required to follow her every order, never able to reveal who she is, and become a weapon in a war that’s impossible to win.
Accepting Adora’s offer, Nym meets the enticing yet infuriating Eogan. With his help, she discovers a strength she never knew she possessed and a chance at love. But she also discovers she’s not the only one with secrets. Can she move past Eogan’s secret and accept love?
This book was a fun read. There were times throughout the book, like during the final battle, that became difficult to follow. And some of the way the author described Nym’s Elemental ability sounded pretty but made no sense.
The characters were fun to read, especially Nym. Nym is feisty, strong, stubborn, but full of doubt, loss, and insecurities. Unlike Nym’s character, who stayed true throughout the book, Eogan’s character changed dramatically by the end of the book. Eogan was broody and slightly flirtatious throughout most of the book and then near the end, he became a little too romantically gushy. It was almost as if a switch was flipped. It didn’t really make sense or fit with his character.
Overall, this book is packed full of adventure, wrapped around mystery, love, and second chances. The ending of the book was slighting predictable but nonetheless exciting. The book definitely leaves you wanting more and wondering what will become of Nym.