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by Michelle Diener
New Adult/Sci-Fi Fantasy
Paperback, 342 pages
Expected publication: December 19th 2013
Bjorn needs to find a very special woman . . .
The fate of his people, and his own life, depends on it. But when he does find her, she is nothing like he imagined, and may just harbor more secrets than he does himself.
Astrid has never taken well to commands. No matter who issues them . . .
She’s clashed her whole life with her father, and now her lover, the mysterious man who comes to her bedroom in darkness and disappears to guard his mountain by day as a bear, is finding it out the hard way. And when he’s taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid’s response.
It is never wise to anger the mistress of the wind . . .
A captivating and magical adult retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.
“Diener’s adaptation retains the familiar elements of the original, echoing both the structure and spirit of the classic, but true to form, she puts her own spin both the plot and the narrative, crafting an intricately alluring tale of self-sacrifice, steadfast devotion and enduring love.“ Flashlight Commentary
“The story is fast-paced and never boring, the world a beauty and Michelle’s writing so wonderfully detailed that I felt I was with Bjorn and Astrid on their journey.“ Book Bird Reviews
Author Michelle Diener takes this re-telling to another level. She doesn’t restrict herself to an East of the Sun, West of the moon retelling. Instead we are also given parts reminiscent of Psyche’s quest. Which just allowed for a much more richer story. Paperback Wonderland
By Michelle Diener
Mistress of the Wind is such a great fairy tale because the heroine gets to take an amazing journey to find where her lover has been taken, and rescue him. But part of why I love the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon so much is because the physical journey she takes mirrors a spiritual journey of coming into her power and into her sense of self. So here are ten things you can discover about yourself on a quest – – Astrid certainly did:
The first thing you discover is that you are going to have to ask for help. When you’ve never asked for it before, that can be hard, but it would be far harder to fail. It is also hard to contemplate asking and having your request refused. The fear of rejection is always there, but then you work out, the worst that can happen is they say no, and that leaves you no worse off than you were before.
The second thing you discover is that you have to trust your instincts. You know you know things, but when you’re put into a situation where you need those instincts to survive, you stop taking them for granted, and use them properly.
You also discover that thanks is always appreciated. That respect and goodwill are never to be underestimated.
Then you discover that you have power, but just having power is not enough. You need to respect that power and use it carefully and sensibly.
On the heels of that, you discover that some might like to use your power for their own ends, and the seduction of that is tempting. But that ultimately, you have to take responsibility for your power yourself, and never let it be used by others.
You can now move on to discover that harnessing your power is not without its own issues. That the ability to be strong is nothing if you turn your strength against yourself. That you must be in harmony within to be powerful without.
You discover you can be ruthless and relentless if the stakes are high enough, and as long as you are fair and honest, that might actually be the best thing you could be.
Then you discover humility and patience. That as long as you can hold the end in sight, and that end is worth any risk or sacrifice, that you can be flexible and do things you do not want to do.
Once you have had a measure of success, you also have to make yourself vulnerable to those who you care about most, and show yourself with all your power before them. You have to trust that your dearest will be able to look on the new you, shining with strength, and love you all the more for it.
And finally, you will learn the help you received along the way was not only very useful, but that you could not have achieved your goals without it, and by acknowledging that, and taking steps to compensate those who helped you, you will become completely one with yourself, and your mantel of power will settle comfortably on your shoulders at last.
Michelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King’s Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.
Michelle’s other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor’s Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor’s Conspiracy).
Michelle’s first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.
Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.
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