Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Early review: Mistress of the Wind - 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.

My thoughts:
I have always liked this fairy tale,  my earliest memory of it was the Psyche one, or the Swedish version (something prince hat under the mountain). They are both different but East of the Wind became my favorite of them. I guess when I heard it. I connected to the fairy tale better than any other.

And Diener sure made it her fairytale too, I do love remakes and this one stays very true and still not. It's the story about an enchanted prince named Bjorn, poor thing can't do much. Astrid, the poor woodcutter's daughter could be a savior, but as the story go, something happens. Maybe that is why I like the story, there is no damsel in distress. Instead it is Astrid who sets off on a journey to save her prince. It's not always easy but she does not stop before she is reunited with her love. So she is the hero of the story. Poor Björn is under his enchantment and even though he does get to fight a few fights, the stage is Astrid's.

The book is light and I read it fast. First, when I start a Diener book I always read 200 pages in a go, and then I have to do something else. Same thing this time, 200 pages and the rest later. The pages sure fly by fast.

Conclusion:
A delightful story with heartache and pain in it too. I'd love to read more.

Would I read more
Yes

Cover
Might be my fav cover of the year

Paperback, 342 pages
Expected publication: December 19th 2013 by Michelle Diener
Fairy tale
Own


40 comments:

  1. I've seen this book around a lot lately, love the sound of it!

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  2. This sounds delightful! I really like the cover too :)

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  3. EEE, so glad you liked it -- I'm starting this one over the weekend and can't wait!!

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    1. YAY! I am sure you will enjoy it too

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  4. I don't think I know the tale... but I'll try to find it.

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  5. She looks like the Mistress of Ice on the cover! :)

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    1. That she does, well it's a cold country

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  6. ooooooooooooooooh sounds super good. :)

    but....
    I would swear I already commented on this. hmmmm...oh well.

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  7. I love retellings and I'm so adding this one to my wishlist. This sounds perfect for me.

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  8. I love retellings that can balance staying tru to the story yet still making it origina!

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    1. I like that, cos I still wanna be able to see the old story

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  9. I've never heard of these! I love that she's the one who is front and center and making things happen. Very neat. Thanks for the heads up!!

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    1. She might not have kicked ass (not that kind of woman), but she was smart and could hold her own and if needed would have kicked ass

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  10. Ooo, I love retold fairy tales. Sounds like the perfect winter read. =)

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    1. Aye perfect for the winter months :D

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  11. I love remakes too, and I'm glad to hear Astrid gets to be the heroine! I'm not a fan of damsels in distress either. I'll have to give this one a try!

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    1. I do not mind them, I was just glad that this truly was her story and how she is the one saving him

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  12. Oooh how pretty is that cover!! I haven't heard of this fairy tale but it sounds wonderful. I'd love to give this one a go =)

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  13. I adore this author, and hope to one day fit this one in. I love her regency mysteries.

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    1. Those are the best! I can't wait for more

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  14. I love that the princess is the one doing the rescue and not the other way around. I wantz!

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  15. I keep saying that I need to read a Michelle Diener book! And I usually like retelling(s) as well, although I think I'm not familiar with the original fairytale. Thanks for a great review Blodeuedd!

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    1. Yes you need to read her works!!! She has different ones to choose from. Tudor mystery, regency mystery, this one, but yes recommended :)

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  16. I haven't heard of this before, but it really sounds lovely!

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  17. Nice review Blodeuedd, I want to read this one now. I did love that fairy tale as well.

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  18. Me too! Did you read an excerpt in the end from the next fairytale retelling, B.? It does look promising :) Loved this one just as much as you did. Such an easy read!

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    1. It does look promising :D I can't wait for that one

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  19. Swedish influence?! Going to Amazon - thank you for featuring this book!

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