Published by Self-Published on December 19, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
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.
Today on the tour for MISTRESS OF THE WIND by Michelle Diener, I have a review of the book. Check after my review for a tour-wide giveaway. This tour is hosted by Prism Book Tours, and you can check out all the stops here.
MISTRESS OF THE WIND is a retelling of the Norwegian fairy tale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon.” I wasn’t familiar with the original version, but once I looked it up, I found the author stayed pretty close to it, but added her own spin, including giving Astrid power over the winds.
This book is a fast read, making it perfect for an afternoon’s enjoyment. I read it in about two hours, and I liked that it was so fast. The story moves quickly, and the characters don’t really spend any time sitting around unless it’s necessary.
After making a deal with the troll that married his father, Bjorn has spent the past year as a bear, searching for the one woman in the world who will always love him. To win the deal, he must then spend a year without her knowing his true nature. If he doesn’t find her, or she doesn’t stay, he will lose his kingdom and be forced to marry the troll’s daughter. At the start of MISTRESS OF THE WIND, Bjorn is almost out of time and hope.
When he at last finds Astrid, he’s presented with another set of obstacles. Astrid isn’t the easy, agreeable woman he thought she would be. Despite being hated by her father and most of her family, Astrid doesn’t obey when told to do something. She’s as independent as she can be, and as the two get to know each other, Bjorn finds he prefers that, instead of having a meek woman. I appreciated that Bjorn came to accept Astrid as a strong woman, rather than trying to change her.
At the start of MISTRESS OF THE WIND, Astrid bugged me a bit. Bjorn stresses over and over that she couldn’t see him, and that she needs to stay in the castle for her own safety, so that the troll don’t kill her. Astrid has a hard time listening, and often disobeys, putting both of them in danger. Eventually her ways get her into trouble, and she starts to learn after that, especially when she has to pass several tests on her way to rescue Bjorn.
MISTRESS OF THE WIND is described as an “adult” fairytale, but there’s not really any adult scenes. The only one is fade to black, so if you’re looking for some smut to melt the snow, there isn’t any. Also, I wasn’t sure how old Astrid was, so I felt like I could have been reading a young adult book rather than adult or new adult. However, I did like that the author kept that part true to the original tale. How many fairy tales actual mention that the heroine and hero sleep together without being married? I can’t think of any.
I thought this book was well-written and engaging, and I would check out the author’s next fairy tale retelling, THE GOLDEN APPLE, based on “The Princess on the Glass Hill.”
*giveaway is tour-wide
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12/31: Kelly P’s Blog
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1/13: The Wonderings of One Person
1/14: Dalene’s Book Reviews
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1/15: A Backwards Story
1/16: Addicted Readers
1/17: Grand Finale
About the author:
Michelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King’s Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.
Michelle’s other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor’s Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor’s Conspiracy).
Michelle’s first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.