Title: Nihal of the Land of the Wind
Author: Licia Troisi
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Chronicles of the Overworld, part one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A fascinating, delightful debut, Nihal completely swept me away--a great fantasy sure to win the hearts of readers worldwide!
This book was given to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Even in The Land of the Wind, Nihal is unusual. A brave, lively young woman with bright violet eyes and blue hair, she certainly stands out. Not content with finding a husband and tending a home, Nihal vows to become a warrior, whatever the cost. Finding friends in unlikely places, she becomes a beautiful, skilled warrior. But when an unthinkable tragedy falls upon her, Nihal finds herself utterly consumed by war, bloodlust, and revenge. And as dark forces mount around her, she realizes she must figure out what she's fighting for.. Or her life, as she struggles to find her origins, could mean nothing..
What I enjoyed:
-I love high fantasy novels and this did not disappoint, with a quest for self-discovery, adventure, danger, magic, and passion
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--I was absolutely glued to this novel and I couldn't put it down
-The main character, Nihal--she made this novel shine, because as it went on, she was deeply nuanced and complex--her character development was a real treat to read and I enjoyed her
-Sennar, the sweet young boy who becomes Nihal's best friend, and maybe perhaps even more in the sequels--he was just as complex as Nihal, and just as relatable
-I loved the way various creatures were incorporated into the plot, cleverly and simply: dragons, nymphs, elves
-The Tyrant, the wicked, mysterious villain cloaked in shadow--I wonder if we're going to learn some more about him in the coming volumes
-The great cast of characters surrounding Nihal, particularly Soana and Livon and Fen, as well as Ido
-The ending was great--I loved it and I can't wait for more from this author!
What could've been better:
-I wish more had been said about Nihal's origins
I loved, loved, loved this beautiful fantasy novel! Highly recommended, especially to fans of Juliet Marillier! Next on deck: Perennial by Ryan Potter!