Wind Daughter

- Joanna Ruth Meyer

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In the dark, cold reaches of the north lives a storyteller and his daughter. He told his daughter, Satu, many stories–romances like the girl who loved a star and changed herself into a nightingale so she could always see him shining–but the most important story he told her was his own. This storyteller was once the formidable North Wind, but he lost his power by trading it away in exchange for mortality–he loved her mother too much to live without her. The loss of his magic impacted more than just their family, however, and now the world is unraveling in the wake of this imbalance.

To save the North, Satu embarks on a perilous journey to reclaim her father’s magic, but she isn’t the only one searching for it. In the snow-laden mountains, she finds herself in a deadly race with the Winter Lord who wants the North Wind’s destructive powers for himself.

Satu has the chance to be the heroine of her own fairy tale, only this one has an ending she never could have imagined.

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My Review:

***Thanks to NetGalley and Page Street YA for an eARC of this book. The following review is my honest reflection on the text provided.

almost perfect:
I didn’t think it would be possible, but Wind Daughter is even better than Echo North. The connection I was missing to Echo and Hal was incredibly present with Satu. Even when I was screaming at her not to trust the wrong people, to see what was right in front of her, I was right there with her, full engrossed in every step of the adventure. Satu’s anxiety, fear of loss, and extreme isolation were so realistic and relatable. When you add in the magic tying all of this together, I could not have asked for more.

I sew and I sew and I sew, weaving myself into the tapestry of the universe, lending pieces of my heart, my soul, my self. I am a river and a song. I am a tender spring leaf and a story spun out on a winter's night; I am the first blush of autumn, the last summer flower.

I found Wind Daughter to be so wonderfully weird and magical, with the right amount of darkness and intensity to keep you hooked and invested. Satu has an insane task ahead of her, but she has no choice but to try; the world is literally falling to pieces. This is an epic adventure with an ultimate goal that often feels impossible to achieve without significant loss. I love that the characters from Echo North play an important role but don’t take over – this is Satu’s story, and the balance here is perfection.

"Take it away," I gasp. "Take it all away. Please. I know you can."
"Take what away, daughter?"
I bunch infinite fabric in trembling hands and prick myself with the needle. A spot of blood stains the threads; they shiver over my knees. "All of my feelings," I choke out. "They are too many. I cannot hold them all. They're destroying me."
"Are they?" says the Weaver. "Who would you be, Satu North, without your great heart?"
And I bow my head because I do not know, do not know.

I started this series because I received this eARC, but now I wish there was more coming. I’m not really sure what Meyer would write about next, but I’m definitely on board for a companion novel to this companion novel.

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