Wind Daughter (Echo North #2) by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Retelling
Publishing Date: July 12, 2022
A hauntingly beautiful fairy tale about love and loss, this Echo North companion novel is perfect for fans of the Winternight Trilogy.
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.
About the Author:
Joanna Ruth Meyer is the author of Echo North, Into the Heartless Wood, Beneath the Haunting Sea, and Beyond the Shadowed Earth. She writes stories about fierce teens finding their place in the world, fighting to change their fate, save the ones they love, or carve out a path to redemption.
Joanna lives with her dear husband and son, a rascally feline, and an enormous grand piano named Prince Imrahil in Mesa, Arizona. As often as she can, she escapes the desert heat and heads north to the mountains, where the woods are always waiting.
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