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Wind Daughter

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I think I loved this even more than Echo North! I'm pretty sure I cried for the last quarter of the book. The whole way through. This is a complex read and I already have it up on the staff recommendations display here at the library.
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{3.5 stars}

Echo North was a lovely wholly perfect fairy tale story about a young girl fighting to be seen and for those who she loved. When I saw that there was a sequel, I was quite surprised, wondering where the story could go. I'm not sure I would call this  a sequel, it's more of an additional story in the same universe. In this story we get the story of Satu, who we met as a very young child in Echo's story. She is the daughter of the man who was formerly the North Wind, the man who wrote Echo's story. 

Satu is a fabulous character to have on the page especially for those of us introverts with sensory issues. She has some really well described moments of learning to cope in the world with others from her self imposed place of isolation. The story's fantastical and magical elements were great and I loved the adventure and the reveal of just what Satu is facing. But the piece I really loved was Satu's representation of an "overly sensitive" person struggling to integrate with the "normal" world. I've saved some of the passages off to help explain to others what it feels like in a much more eloquent way than I could. Her courage on her adventure to save the world and her true love made for a great journey.

Thanks to Page Street Publishing via Netgalley for access to this novel. All opinions above are my own.
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4.5 stars

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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A really beautiful story about the power of stories (my favorite!) I've seen some reviews knocking this one for feeling too juvenile in tone, especially when it comes to Satu's character but I found that refreshing. So much of YA is geared towards older teens and this is one I'll be able to hand to my readers that have graduated from middle grade but aren't quite ready for upper YA. A solid companion to Echo North.
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I did not realize that Wind Daughter was the second book in a series. I have yet to read the first book, so I will not be giving feedback on this title.
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I really enjoyed Echo North and knew from the beginning that I wanted to give Wind Daughter a chance. So when I found out I was sent the arc I was overjoyed. I think I like this one better than Echo North. Satu is such a complex character and I loved reading about her emotions and adventures. Also if you like slow burn romance this is for you, the slowest burn I've ever read lol. Overall I highly recommend if you like whimsical fairytales.
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I do not know how to explain it but both books that I have read from Meyer have left me incoherent with a book hangover. The writing is lyrical and beautiful. The magic honestly makes no sense but I still absolutely adore it. Again, I need to emphasize just how incoherent these books leave me. I love them.
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I sadly had to dnf this book around a 130 pages. The premise of Wind Daughter was promising & the writing was beautiful with it almost poetry folklorish style but somehow I couldn't get into the story. I don't know if it was because the story was going very slowly or because I didn't connected with the main character. It was probably a mix of both.

But If you loved The Bear and The Nightingale you may consider picking this book up
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"We're all stories. Every one of us. That doesn't mean we're not real."

One of the best feelings in the world is falling in love with a book just in time for the sequel to be announced. That was my experience with Echo North earlier this year, and instantly Wind Daughter was one of my most highly anticipated reads. It did not disappoint. It's no secret that I'm obsessed with Frozen 2, and this gave me all the good Elsa vibes that I love.

Woven like a beautiful tapestry, a tale of wind, snow, time, and magic, Satu's story swept me away from the beginning. It truly does read like a fairytale, with lyrical prose and magic that isn't quite explained. Mysteries, friendship, family, romance, and a heroine that you can't help but root for. It's not going to be for everyone but oh, it was magical for me. (I cried a lot at the end and honestly, not ashamed of it.)

I still think I prefer the first book, but I can't wait to read them both again in the winter season, when I can fully pretend there's snow outside, haha! Meyer stands a great chance of becoming one of my favorite authors. Five stars for sure.

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.**
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So well written. I immediately went looking for book one because I someone how missed this was a companion novel. However this can book can be read as a stand alone. This is an incredible story. I gobbled it ALL up. I loved the imaginative world the author created. Satuโ€™s journey was incredible and all the character and world building was a joy to read.
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โ€œ๐™€๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™จ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™š ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ. ๐˜ฝ๐™ช๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ช๐™š๐™จ ๐™จ๐™š๐™ก๐™ซ๐™š๐™จ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™จ.โ€ โฃโ€• ๐™€๐˜พ๐™ƒ๐™Š ๐™‰๐™Š๐™๐™๐™ƒ, ๐™…๐™ค๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™– ๐™๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™ฎ๐™š๐™งโฃ
Joanna Ruth Meyer has become my go-to author when Iโ€™m searching for dark, dangerous, and enchanting fairytales and fairytale retellings. Her stories are always haunting and atmospheric, with the feeling of knife-sharp edges just waiting around every corner. ECHO NORTH was one of those hauntingly whimsical tales, and I was so excited to hear that WIND DAUGHTER was set in the same world as my beloved Echo North.โฃ
WIND DAUGHTER gives readers the familiar and often brutal landscape of that world, but aside from a mention of characters from ECHO, itโ€™s definitely its very own entity. Reminiscent of The Bear and the Nightingale and even Spinning Silver with the Winter Kings and the harsh, frozen landscape, WIND DAUGHTER is the tale of of a girl named Satu, the daughter of the North Wind, whoโ€™s racing against the fearsome Winter Lord in order to save the land she loves. Thereโ€™s an often overwhelming feeling of danger and hidden threats peppered throughout that Iโ€™ve come to expect from JRMโ€™s stories, and thereโ€™s also beauty and innocence and kindness that helps to balance out all the dark and the danger. โฃ
All told, another atmospheric and gorgeous fairytale reimagining thatโ€™s sure to enchant readers of both YA and adult fantasy. Highly recommend, and although itโ€™s not necessary to read ECHO NORTH before starting this beauty, I definitely would just so you can experience the tale of the North Wind and her daughter from the very beginning. 

*Many thanks to Page Street YA and NetGalley for the digital arc.
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I absolutely adored this story. As usual, Joanna Ruth Meyer's writing is tragically beautiful. My only complaint is that some sections require a knowledge of Echo North to understand. That being said, this book is a thoroughly enjoyable fairy tale.
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The story sounded so amazing on paper, but in reality it left me with a sense of unfulfilled potential. To start with I didnโ€™t enjoy the wiring very much, as though it was very poetic and felt suited for a fairytale-esque story just was weird to read in combination with a present tense POV and a very juvenile main character. The whole story just felt like it was for a middle grade audience, as Satu never seems to grow up from the child she is at the start of the story. Also donโ€™t get me started on the romance in the book. There was no real spark, no proper build up. Just all the sudden the two of them were so madly in love and that was that. Huh?! It was just such a weird insta-love, and it was the final nail in the coffin for me.
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I absolutely loved Echo North so when I saw Wind Daughter on here I KNEW I had to read it asap. This was even better than the first book. The plot was so intricately wound together and it unraveled so nicely. The characters were well developed. The story kept you on your toes. It deceived you and then deceived you again once you thought you had it all figured out. There are moments of the most beautiful, almost poetic prose. 5 stars. Would highly recommend both of these books.
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Thank you Page Street Publishing and NetGalley for this eARC for review!

5/5 stars. I absolutely loved this companion story to Echo North! It was so great to see Satu and the North Wind's story continue. Full review to come once I collect my thoughts!
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I love Meyer's writing style. It reminds me a lot of Charlie N. Holmberg's writing, and she's one of my favorite authors.

This book had that beautiful writing style, and was a companion novel/sequel to Echo North which I really enjoyed. In Wind Daughter, we follow Satu North, who does not/cannot be around people, especially big crowds as it makes her panicky and extremely anxious. Throughout the story she has to learn about her parents' past and grow to fill the role she doesn't want but must take to save the world.

I really loved Satu's character development. But other than her, the characters seemed very one dimensional. They were there to serve very specific roles, and I didn't really connect with any of them.

The romance was also lacking for me. There wasn't enough of a build up for their realization of love to be believable. I really wish more time had been spent on them learning about each other and speaking with each other so we could see that relationship evolve.
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Before I read Wind Daughter I read Echo North and was captivated and even though I did enjoy Wind Daughter I found Satu  at the beginning a weak character  with her defeatist attitude she had so much empathy but to her this was a bad thing.  This drove me crazy and I kept on putting the book down not good when you have a set time to read it.

Having Echo back along with Satu's Mum and Dad  together with the characters of Fannaris, Inna who was a absolute hoot  and the winter lord saved it together with  Joanna's amazing writing  was it's saviour.  If Wind Daughter was published first I would not have picked up Echo North.

I also found the pacing off just a touch a bit and so for all these reasons Wind Daughter receives 4 stars
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Wind Daughter is the companion novel to Echo North and is just as enchanting a tale, but I loved it much more than Echo North. Wind Daughter contains spoilers for the first book. If you plan on reading Echo North, I implore you not to read Wind Daughter yet.

Wind Daughter had me fully charmed as soon as I started it. In the beginning, itโ€™s filled with a sense of wonder, a child-like innocence as a young Satu narrates. The tone shifts when she gets older, but it does not lose the magical quality it begins with. The sense of wonder gives way to the uncertainty of a young girl trying to make sense of who she is and whether she belongs. With the end of the world riding on her shoulders, she is forced to find an inner strength she doesnโ€™t believe exists.

Part of Satuโ€™s uncertainty arises from her overwhelming social anxiety, and part of it is due to being the North Windโ€™s daughter. She trades the company of others for the vastness of the outdoors, where she doesnโ€™t feel the walls closing in on her. Her loneliness and her desire to be accepted pulled at me. I rooted for her to find her bearings, to start believing there was more in her than she believed. The change is gradual and when she finally seizes who she is, itโ€™s an empowering moment. It was a moment I paused at so I could savor Satuโ€™s shining moment alongside her.

Wind Daughter was more than I expected it to be, and I loved nearly every moment of it. Itโ€™s a magnificent read that had me captivated from the very first line. Itโ€™s a tale about believing in yourself and finding your place. I canโ€™t wait to read more from Meyer. I hope sheโ€™ll add another fairy tale set in this world.
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The writing in Wind Daughter is just so dreamyโ€”the words themselves feel as imbued with magic as the novelโ€™s characters and world. Speaking of the worldbuildingโ€”Wind Daughter did not dampen my fantasies of moving to a small, snowy European town, though Meyer does an excellent job of reminding the reader that that lifestyle can be very isolating. This is especially true for Satu, whose extreme empathy makes it difficult for her to bear social situations. I really like that Meyers calls attention to Satuโ€™s anxiety attacks, gives her supportive family and friends, and also teaches that Satuโ€™s โ€œsensitivityโ€ is actually a strength. 

The beginning of the novel was a bit slow, but once it picked up, the plot didnโ€™t stop barreling ahead. As a result, Wind Daughter felt much shorter than its 350 or so pages. Honestly, in some places I wished the pace would ease to allow for deeper worldbuilding; Satu encounters so many different settings and characters on her journey, and I think each one could turn into its own story. (Also, as an anthropology student, it was very cool to read about ethnomusicology in a fantasy world!)

Overall, however, Wind Daughter felt more middle grade than young adult. There were certainly dark elements characteristic of young adult fantasies, but Satu seemed much younger than seventeen. I think this is partially due to her being portrayed as such a sensitive character as well as the opaqueness of some of her emotions; sheโ€™s heartfelt and resilient, but her perspective felt simple, and her romance with one of the side characters bordered on insta-love.

Even so, I blew through Wind Daughter in two days, so clearly, the lush writing and setting was enough to sustain me! While this novel isnโ€™t one of my favorites, I will definitely be reading Meyersโ€™ future works.
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Excellent prose, magical tale!

I'd like to thank the publisher Page Street Publishing and netgalley for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.
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