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Michelle Diener's Mistress of the Winds

Blurb:

(off 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.

My Review:

This an intriguing fairy tale full of adventure and romance that captures the reader’s heart.

Under an enchantment, Bjorn must find a special woman for the fate of his people and his very life depends on it.  Having never taken commands well, Astrid doesn’t take to Bjorn’s orders very well even if he is a bear during the day. And when he is taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid’s secrets to be revealed.

This adult retelling of the Norwegian fairy tale is fast paced with intriguing twists and surprises that keep the reader engaged from beginning to end.  The author paints vivid pictures that put the reader right in the middle of the story as they follow Bjorn and Astrid on their adventure. 

The author captures the imagination and brings it to life with well written scenes and a quest full of danger, self discovery, friendships, loyalty and love.  This old story given new life is a refreshing love story that grips the reader’s heart and spirit and renewing the belief in magic and happily ever after.

Astrid and Bjorn are strong compelling characters that take the spotlight in this tale of good overcoming evil leaving the other characters though intriguing behind.  The troll queen is made out to be such a scary evil that I was a tad bit disappointed in her role, I guess I was expecting something more, although I am not sure what because as I said I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading The Golden Apple which is due to be possibly released summer 2014.  I am not sure whether this is to be considered a series or not, but the next one is another fairy tale retelling and there was a golden apple involved in this story.

4 STARS

Purchase Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1fHBQl6

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/19hb1F9

itunes:  http://bit.ly/1c3vSu9

Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/mistress-of-the-wind-1

Where to Find the Author:

http://www.michellediener.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Diener/196593580366013

http://twitter.com/michellediener

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4521954.Michelle_Diener

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