#Blog Tour #The North Wind (The Four Winds ) by Alexandria Warwick #New Adult Fantasy #Romance @Xpresso Book Tours
The North Wind
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My first time reading Alexandria Warwick and I'm really glad to have discovered this talented author! The North Wind is an original new adult fantasy inspired by Beauty and the Beast as well as the Hades and Persephone myth. Well, Wren, the protagonist of the North Windis much more strong-willed, outspoken, and feisty than the traditionally meek Persephone, and this is exactly what I loved about this charcter.
Twenty three year old Wren and her twin sister Elora lost their parents to starvation in their tiny village of Edgewood. Wren was forced to learn to hunt and steal to make sure she and her much softer sister survive the crual and harsh world they live in. Once in a few decades King Boreas, the North Wind, leaves his citadel in the deadlands and crosses the Shade boundary that separates the world of dead and living and comes to Edgewood to pick his human bride. Wren would do anything to save her sister and that includes deceiving the North Wind and taking Elora's place. Wren finds out that the Shade and the protection it offers is weakening and the bestway to assuage it is to feed it human blood, made stronger by the wedding vows given by an immortal. Boreas may be reserved and broody, and sorely lacking conversation skills, but he is hardly the monster Wren imagined him to be, despite his power to judge and punish human souls for their violent actions in life.
This is the third re-telling of the Hades and Persephone myth I've read in a couple months (the other two were Neon Gods and Light Destroyer) and I must say I liked this Hades most of all. Bit by bit we get to know our characters, their history and their disposition, and the romantic tension grows in a suspenseful slow-slow burn. If you love the hate-to-love trope, you will appreciate the development of Boreas and Wren's relationship. The book is a bit on a lengthy side, so if you can't wait to get to the spicy scenes, you'll have to be patient. Don't worry, they'll be worth your wait.
Overall, I liked the dark and atmospheric world- building and the flawed nature of the protagonists (Wren is battling her alcoholism in quite a realistic way). The book was also engaging and original. I would recommend it to anyone who loves Beauty and the Beast retellings intertwined with some elements of Greek mythology, new adult fantasy and the enemies-to-lovers trope.
Thank you to Giselle fro XBT, the publisher and the author for the review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.