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

Storm Winds

Reap the Wind


Sean Patrick Reardon said...

Hi Glenna,

Just getting around to visiting your blog. Can't say that the novels mentioned in your post are the type I would read, but enjoyed the previous post on McKinty's novels. I also enjoy them very much. I would recommend The "Ghosts of Belfast" if youhave not yet read it. It's the ovel that got me on this crime novel kick.

Glenna said...


Thanks for dropping in. I liked The Ghost of Belfast quite a bit too and I'm hoping Stuart Neville has more books coming out. I haven't gotten around to putting it on here, but I'm sure I will, along with McKinty's Dead series, which is one of my favorites. I'm just the opposite of you, I've always like the crime novel books but am wanting to branch out to other books. Any suggestions?

Sean Patrick Reardon said...

Yeah, crime is my latest kick, I guess, because I just finished a crime novel I'm shopping around and working on another. I keep that to myself on the blogs and just listen to the pro's and learn from them and the other participants.

It's awesome being part of the blogging groups I'm following. Some of these authors are like celebrities to me, and it's so cool that they actually interact with their fans. I'm learning so much.

I have gone through kicks of all sorts of novels and genres, taking away something from each one. Fitgerald is my favorite I guess.

Have you read the "Liars Club" by Mary Karr,or the follow up to that , "Cherry"? If not, I think you would really enjoy them. I really, really liked them and they are not crime. I can suggest more, but I think those are very good.

Glenna said...

I'll check them out, I've never heard of that author, (which is good because I'm really needing something new). Thanks. I also want to read the one McKinty talked about..The Killer Inside Me, it sounds interesting, and Phillip K. Dick's books.

Have you read Robert Ludlum's "Bourne" series? They are pretty good. I don't like the movies because the books are so much better.

I'm not sure if I've read Fitgerald or not. I'll have to see what he's written. I might have read some in high school.

I know exactly what you mean about these blogging groups. I feel like there's so much I don't know and so much to learn, and it's pretty neat to me that author's like McKinty jump in and chat with "the normal people".