Saturday, June 5, 2010
Iris Johansen's The Wind Dancer and Storm Winds
I gotta say, I loved these books, they are probably 2 of my favorite by Iris Johansen. The first book, The Wind Dancer is set in Renaissance Italy. It's the story of a female slave sold to a rich and powerful man who buys her only to steal back The Wind Dancer, a beautiful and priceless statue, from the man that stole it from him. It's a beautiful, and at times harsh, story with his struggle of trying to fight himself, his urges, and the things allowed in that day and age and be an honorable man. It's also the story of a woman who has been a slave all of her life, believing her place was only to please her master in any way she could, learning to stand for herself. Along with all of this is a story of history, and what could have happened...a "what if" story.
Storm Winds, is set in the 1700's and tells the story of a girl raised in Marie Antoinette's castle in Revolutionary France. Again, the story is wrapped around the Wind Dancer statue, love, struggle to change, grow, and a curious "what if" story. Like the first story, it's beautiful and at the same time harsh.
I enjoyed both of the books a great deal. I loved the history, and even though I'm not sure how accurate the "picture" is, it was enough to make me curious and want to find out.
(There's also a 3rd book, Reap the Wind that I greatly enjoyed, but it's been awhile since I read it).
The Wind Dancer
Reap the Wind