Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mistress of the Wind by MIchelle Diener

Bjorn needs to find a very special woman . . .

The fate of his people, and his own life, depends on it. But when he does find her, she is nothing like he imagined, and may just harbor more secrets than he does himself.

Astrid has never taken well to commands. No matter who issues them . . .

She's clashed her whole life with her father, and now her lover, the mysterious man who comes to her bedroom in darkness and disappears to guard his mountain by day as a bear, is finding it out the hard way. And when he's taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid's response.

It is never wise to anger the mistress of the wind . . .

A captivating and magical adult retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

First line:
Bjorn ran along a path of his own making, between the thinning trees at the top of the mountain.
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4 bears out of 5
Michelle has spun a captivating tale based off the Norwegian fairy tale, "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." The setting was descriptive, it practically popped off the page. I could envision everything from the strange creatures to the castle to the clearing in the woods. The characters were well-written, too.

Astrid is stubborn and willfull. She's always clashed with her father but is extremely close to her mother. She's thee youngest of five kids to a poverty-stricken wood chopper. Most nights, they can't afford to buy meat, so they make do with what they find in the woods. She's learned not to mention the kinship she feels with the wind. When a talking bear comes to her door offering gold in exchange for taking Astrid as his bride, she's reluctant to good. But she agrees so as to give her mother and siblings an easier life.

At first (okay, well, all the time), Bjorn (the bear) and Astrid butt heads all the time. But eventually Bjorn comes to respect Astrid's head strongness and Astrid respects Bjorn's secrets. Astrid must save Bjor from marriage to a Troll princess and an epic adventure ensues.

If you love fairy tales, Mistress of the Wind is a great novel for you.

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