by Joanna Ruth Meyer
Publication: July 12, 2022
Series: Echo North #2
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.
**I was provided a copy of the book through TBR and Beyond as a Tour Participant . I voluntarily read and reviewed it. All opinions are my own.**
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. Satu and her parents first appear in Echo North, but the books are not so closely related that you would need to read one before the other. However, there are spoilers for the first book. If you plan on reading Echo North, I implore you not to Wind Daughter yet.
Wind Daughter had me fully charmed as soon as I started it. In the beginning, it’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 uncertain voice 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 doesn’t believe exists.
Part of Satu’s uncertainty arises from her overwhelming social anxiety, and part of it is due to being the North Wind’s daughter. She trades the company of others for the vastness of the outdoors, where she doesn’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, it’s an empowering moment. It was a moment I paused at so I could savor Satu’s shining moment alongside her.
Amidst Satu’s journey to saving the world and finding her strength, there is also a romance that slowly develops. There are hints throughout the book, but it’s not until closer to the end that it becomes a larger part of the story and the pieces begin to fit together. In this latter part of the story, the momentum picks up considerably. The fear, the longing, and the intensity Meyer cultivated as Satu’s journey came to an end brought me to tears.
Wind Daughter is a magnificent read that had me captivated from the very first line. It’s a tale about believing in yourself and finding your place. Wind Daughter was more than I expected it to be, and I loved nearly every moment of it. I can’t wait to read more from Meyer. I hope she’ll add another fairy tale set in this world.
**Thank you to TBR and Beyond Tours for allowing me to be part of the tour. Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy of the novel.**