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Fantasy Review: Mistress of The Wind by Michelle Diener

Mistress of The Wind by Michelle Diener

Egalley thanks to the author

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

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 I love books based on fairy tales, and Mistress of The Wind was not an exception. It's sweet, lovely and airy. There are no surprises and you don't have to guess how it ends. You just know.

I would have loved a different, deeper and more detailed story, but Michelle Diener preferred to stay true to the fairy tale format which left me pleased but hungry for more. 

Bjorn is mostly a desire object of the book, and it's Astrid who we follow through her experiences and ordeals to get him back. She is curious and feisty and keeps thwarting everything and everyone who underestimates her because she is a young woman. Good on you, girl!

The best parts for me though were three women and four winds, especially Northern Wind who was my favorite character of the story.

I can not say much about the plot because anyone familiar with this story knows how it ends, but I am glad, Michelle plans this type of fairy tale retelling as a series, and I'll enjoy reading more. Recommended as a light, bookish snack to everyone.

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Я люблю пересказы народных сказок, и Хозяйка Ветра - не исключение. Написанная по мотивам норвежской сказки, эта история знакомая мне с детства, когда я зачитывалась сказками мира.

Как и подобает сказкам, сюжет совершенно предсказуемый, и я была удивлена тем, что Мишель Дьенер решила формат не менять, и никакого развития мира и или глубины главных героев мы не получили. Концепция история так и осталась детской.

Бьёрн берёт Астрид в жёны, его забирает злодейка тролль, когда Астрид нарушает правила заговора, Астрид бредёт до края мира, чтобы его найти и вернуть. Вот и всё.

Самое интересное в книге - это её испытания и Северный Ветер, всё остальное хоть и мило, но читается как книжный перекус, что под конец оставляет читателя голодным.
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