My rating: 4 of 5
What they say:
An international bestseller from an extraordinary storyteller—get ready for Nihal and her world – Amazon
What I have to say:
Nihal of the Land of the Wind is an interesting fantasy filled story by Italian author Licia Troisi. It is the first book in her Chronicles of the Overworld Series. It was first published in Italian in 2004 and translated to English in 2014.
I was attracted to this book by the title and the cover. The title gave me the impression of an epic adventure. The painting of the girl in the cover intrigued me. Her different hair color, her violet eyes, her pointy ears, the intricate details on the sword she is so proudly holding and the girl’s attitude, gave me an impression of a brave warrior. With this and after checking the blurb, I had to check this book out.
This book tells the story of Nihal, a girl who lives in the Land of the Wind with her father. Despite her peculiar appearance, so different from everyone in the Land of the Wind, we can say her father did everything he could to raise her as normal as he could. She has great imagination and loves adventure. She is a tomboy and leadership among the little boys in the village comes natural to her.
But suddenly the Land of the Wind falls under the evil Tyrant. Nihal’s world is shattered unexpectedly and so begins her fantastic journey which transforms her from a naïve little girl to an outstanding young female warrior.
Nihal is a likeable character from the get go. She feels like a real little girl who grows up before our eyes. She is a dreamer, has a great imagination, she loves her father, her friends and the imaginary adventures she leads them to. She is also very brave and determined, sometimes stubborn and somewhat brattish, but aren’t all adolescent girls this way? I’ve seen some reviewers disliking her for her childish behaviors or for what they call a stupid crush, but that’s what makes her a believable character.
Regarding her crush, let’s be real, we’ve all been children and teenagers. Who hasn’t had an impossible crush (teacher, singer, actor, etc.)? So to me her crush wasn’t stupid but something that showed her innocence and a good reminder of her age. Nihal is not perfect and she behaves like a real child would. It makes you think what you would’ve done if you had to face at such a young age the sudden need to grow up and save the world from evil? Despite her fierceness and incredible battle skills, the “imperfections” in her conduct are good reminders of her naïveté and her age.
What I enjoyed the most was seeing Nihal’s transformation as the story unfolds and how hard she worked to become who she is in the end. She wasn’t born with fighting superpowers, she had to train hard and master her skills. She wasn’t given a hall pass or treated lightly during her training just because she was a girl. She had to prove that she was capable of many things and through her fierce determination and resilience she proved that a little girl could outshine the best of the best.
She faced different trials and tragedies that toughened her up and gave her yet more character than she already had. Of course at times she was very stubborn, didn’t follow her mentor’s rules/orders/advice. She had a hard time understanding that she had to give in to the process to get a more rewarding outcome instead of just following her impulses. But like I said, these imperfections made her feel like a real character.
The fantasy world was great for my imagination. I liked it. There are dragons, knights, sword fights, forest creatures, sorcerers, magic, epic battles that kept my imagination flying and utterly entertained. The characters are great. Livon her dad is a hero. Sennar is a great side-kick. He compliments Nihal so well, which is the key because he never steals her thunder. Nihal is always the star of our story. You get a wide array of fantastic characters in this book.
Nihal of the Land of the Wind is a high fantasy coming-of-age story. Some people critique the lack of romance. For me it was refreshing to read a young adult book without that over used love triangle-instalove premise. It is a great book for kids and fans of fantastic epic worlds. An entertaining story for all ages from middle-grade and up. I would recommend this one if you’re looking for an entertaining story to read to the kids/grandkids. Book 2 in this series is titled Sennar’s Mission, it was published in English on September 2014 and is available on Kindle if you want to check it out. I know I added it to my TBR.
We’ve all felt this way:
It was because all of a sudden she felt misunderstood by the one person who always understood her thoughts and feelings. He was treating her like a spoiled little girl.
Good advice to keep in mind, whatever our battles may be:
It’s important to remain clearheaded in battle. You let rage get the better of you. Remember, anger blinds a warrior and leads to stupid mistakes. Anger will take you straight to the grave.
For when you’re having trouble accepting things you cannot change:
The dead are dead, Nihal. Someone who’s been killed has no more chances in this world. You can’t do anything for them. But you can do something for the living, for those who fall victim to the Tyrant’s atrocities every day.