- Title: A Wind from the South
- Author: Diane Duane
- ISBN: null
- Page: 410
- Format: Kindle Edition
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A goddess in the making or a demon reborn In the remote mountain village where she was born, Mariarta dil Alicg lives the untroubled life of a peasant girluntil, soon after a mysterious stranger s arrival, she starts to hear voices in the wind The voices whisper strange secrets in Mariarta s ears promising her the power to command the stormwind, hinting at an unkA goddess in the making or a demon reborn In the remote mountain village where she was born, Mariarta dil Alicg lives the untroubled life of a peasant girluntil, soon after a mysterious stranger s arrival, she starts to hear voices in the wind The voices whisper strange secrets in Mariarta s ears promising her the power to command the stormwind, hinting at an unknown, magical heritage, and prophesying a fate marvelous past all Mariarta s imaginings.Then a curse falls on Mariarta s village, shattering the lives of her family and friends Mariarta must set out across the mountain realm of Raetia in search of a way to break the curse while also hunting for the truth about the beautiful and terrible being who Mariarta discovers is trying to possess her soul.Mariarta s search will lead her into hidden domains of sorcery both dreadful and wondrous, and will finally embroil the young woman in the growing rebellion against her land s cruel Austriac oppressors but not before Mariarta comes face to face at last with the immortal Lady of the Storms, and challenges her to one final battle for control of her life, her soul, and her destiny This first novel in a new historical fantasy series by New York Times bestselling author Diane Duane is available for a limited time at a special introductory price.
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"Help, I'm haunted by a malicious lesbian goddess and also in the middle of every Swiss fairy tale ever"A+++++
Duane's lost classic and yes, I said classic! This book, the first of a trilogy, was lost in the shuffle when two publishing houses went under. She finally self-published it a few years ago, and it is an AMAZING work of historical fantasy.It's a fresh take on the Swiss independence struggle from the Austrian Hapsburg archdukes, at teh turn of the 14th century. And it is told from the point of view of an orphaned Romansch-speaking peasant girl from Uri canton, who develops a special relationship [...]
I was told about this book by one of my best friends, who hooked me with a simple image:[SPOILER]A lamb with human eyes.SPOOKY! I had to read this. I didn't know how badly, though, that I would actually have to read this! It is a breath of fresh air among long-form modern fantasy. The Swiss setting is lovely and chilly. Mariarta, our heroine, is plucky, ravenous, caring, and principled, all at once. And the Goddess? Swoon.This book is godly, queer, and badass. It will stick with me for a long ti [...]
I enjoyed "A Wind from the South" but it felt like it needed some work. In particular, I didn't enjoy the first part of the book nearly as much as the second part when Mariarta finally got away from her village and began her adventures. The whole story of the bull just wasn't engaging. The second part was excellent though, and more than made up for it. There are a lot of memorably creepy moments, particularly the scene with Duonna Vrene in the mountain of ice. Artemis, when we finally meet her, [...]
4.5; full review to come later. For anyone interested in Switzerland and its history, while deliberately less than precisely accurate on dates, you'll probably enjoy this - especially if you know English and German, whether you know Romansch or not. There were several places where I said to myself "I know what she's getting at" - and yet it isn't as predictable as that sentence would suggest. Ebook needs proofreading. Read in December 2012.The audiobook is well-read, though it needs improvement [...]
An oddly framed book that signals a conventionally told novel, but turns out to be an episodic set of fairy stories and tasks. The alpine setting was very interesting and the main character grows on you. The book is slow moving and takes a while to adjust to as the reader discovers that the book is a set of fairytales. I enjoyed it and look forward to the next of the trilogy, which I suspect may be more a conventional story.
This book is amazing! I'm a bit of a Greek/Roman mythology nerd and one of my favorite gods is Artemis (Diun Glinargiun) so Mariarta's adventure to save her village and save her friend Urs (still sad he died) really appealed to me. I'm surprised about Venus though, I'll have to read up on her again. I can't wait for the next book and wonder if Artemis will try to take over Mariarta's body again.
Wind was too long and winding for my tastes. And while I did like reading about the founding of Switzerland (something I only know a very little bit about), and enjoyed the Romansch folktales woven in, that wasn't enough. Especially since it was only the first book in three.
Slower than usual for Duane but very atmospheric, this historical fantasy ties in with William Tell and the battles for Switzerland's independence.
It starts slowly but finishes with a bang. It's a shame she's hasn't written the rest of the planned books in this series.
Picked this up free from the author's website.
An intriguing mix of medieval Swiss history combined with myth and lore. It felt a bit more like a series of separate stories than a novel, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
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