Wednesday 24 April 2024

Book Review: The North Wind by Alexandria Warwick (Fantasy Romance)

The North Wind (The Four Winds #1)
Alexandria Warwick
Saga Press
21 May 2024
eBook - PDF
Fantasy Romance
ARC via NetGalley

Wren of Edgewood is no stranger to suffering. With her parents gone, it’s Wren’s responsibility to ensure she and her sister survive the harsh and endless winter, but if the legends are to be believed, their home may not be safe for much longer.

For three hundred years, the land surrounding Edgewood has been encased in ice as the Shade, a magical barrier that protects the townsfolk from the Deadlands beyond, weakens. Only one thing can stop the Shade’s fall: the blood of a mortal woman bound in wedlock to the North Wind, a dangerous immortal whose heart is said to be as frigid as the land he rules. And the time has come to choose his bride.

When the North Wind sets his eyes on Wren’s sister, Wren will do anything to save her—even if it means sacrificing herself in the process. But mortal or not, Wren won’t go down without a fight…


The North Wind was an enjoyable fantasy romance. It incorporates elements of Beauty and the Beast and the Hades and Persephone myth. Thus it is very trope-filled and there was much that happened that I hadn't easily anticipated, including the villain reveal. It was still entertaining in spite of that, and I enjoyed watching the development of the relationship between Wren and Boreas. One place where the book fell down a little for me, though, was in the pacing. Things started well, but the final quarter of the story seemed rushed after the slow build up, the ending/final battle over a bit too quickly to feel fully satisfying. But in all other respects I enjoyed it, and I would be interested to read the remaining books in the series in the future. I am giving this four stars, and I recommend it to readers who enjoy trope-filled fantasy retellings with a dose of steamy romance.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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