- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Orchard; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 043935224X
- ISBN-13: 978-0439352246
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,420,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Daughter of the Wind Hardcover – 1 Aug 2003
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Daughter of the Wind is about two teenagers- Hallgerd, a beautiful daughter of a jarl who is stolen from her home as a bride, and Gauk, a fierce warrior. I'm extremely sorry to say I can't say much more, for I myself have no real understanding of the plot line besides that.
I picked this up at the library, impressed by the lovely, glossy cover and seemingly interesting plot. This book is set in the Viking time, which intrigued me at once. But as soon as I read the first 2 pages, I knew I was in trouble. The story starts out with 20 confusing and boring pages of Gauk on a bear hunt with a friend, whom I believe is killed by the bear. Then the story moves to another 20 slightly more interesting pages of Hallgerd getting kidnapped by the Danes. The story moves on, talking about Gauk's adventures as a berserker(a fighter who turns into a crazed warrior when provoked, which I saw none of throughout the story), and how nobody believes he is really a fearsome warrior, and Hallgerd going to the home of the Danes to be married off to some guy whom is hardly mentioned.
If this story was entirely about Hallgerd, I would have given this a higher ranking, 3 or 4 stars. Hallgerd was not given the attention she deserved, her story could have been WAY more drawn out. But Gauk just has to be thrown in there to confuse everything and bore me out of my wits. Admit it, most people read stories about Vikings to read about harrowing journeys and vicious, barbaric fighting. Sure there were journeys and fighting, but they weren't harrowing nor vicious and barbaric. Overall, this book is not worth your time. It had so much potential, but all that was ruined quickly by the unrealistic characters and boring content.