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I read this book in the original language, so I cannot judge the English translation I had truly high expectations for this one, and I m so disappointed.The world building was nice, nothing too original, but still fun to discover The story itself had potential, and it was obviously meant to ooze beautiful morals.But gods, the delivery was childish And I don t mean that its intended audience might have been children, because its explicit violence makes it at least a YA, and I ve read middle I read this book in the original language, so I cannot judge the English translation I had truly high expectations for this one, and I m so disappointed.The world building was nice, nothing too original, but still fun to discover The story itself had potential, and it was obviously meant to ooze beautiful morals.But gods, the delivery was childish And I don t mean that its intended audience might have been children, because its explicit violence makes it at least a YA, and I ve read middle grades before and they were nicely written The writing style was very unripe, the dialogue immature and cringey Except for the battle scenes, which were probably the parts I enjoyedand no, I m no violent person , everything, included the characters traits, was told from the narrator s forceful POV.The golden rule of writing, minus a few brilliant exceptions, is to show, not to tell Show us the scene objectively, we readers must come to our own judgment A good writer can lead the audience s opinion exactly where they want, actually, but if they can t do that, they have to at least let the reader think on their own Damn it, I felt irritated the whole time In the end, I should have adored Nihal despite all her evident flaws, and yet she only irked me A great example is Celaena Sardothien Throne of Glass she is far from perfect, and some readers may think low of her sometimes, but she is widely loved, despite all her serious mistakes and missteps.Therefore, the characters of this book felt flat.I will continue reading the series, because being the idiot I am I bought a special edition which includes the whole saga yeah I knowI have a book buying problem I am faintly curious as to how the story will progress, and I really hope this book was written in her teen years and that her style has matured in the next installments.I don t feel like This was a very middle of the road book for me It held my attention but at no point was I ever intrigued The main character is average well apart from her godly fighting skills and beauty I didn t really feel connected to her or the her world much when reading this.The overall plot had promise but the pace was way too slow for me This is not by any means a bad novel, but I would not recommend buying this For me this is a solid library checkout Hopefully this series gets better as it progr This was a very middle of the road book for me It held my attention but at no point was I ever intrigued The main character is average well apart from her godly fighting skills and beauty I didn t really feel connected to her or the her world much when reading this.The overall plot had promise but the pace was way too slow for me This is not by any means a bad novel, but I would not recommend buying this For me this is a solid library checkout Hopefully this series gets better as it progresses but I m not sure if I would check out the next book.Note I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review Thanks to Netgalley and Open Road Intergrated Media for allowing me to read this.Nihal of the Land of the Wind was originally written in Italian and published and Italy This makes for a very interesting problem while reviewing, especially when it comes to critiques since it s not just the original author s writing, but also how well the translator was able to mimic the style of the author in another language Sometimes the prose ends up becoming stilted and unnatural in the new language and it Thanks to Netgalley and Open Road Intergrated Media for allowing me to read this.Nihal of the Land of the Wind was originally written in Italian and published and Italy This makes for a very interesting problem while reviewing, especially when it comes to critiques since it s not just the original author s writing, but also how well the translator was able to mimic the style of the author in another language Sometimes the prose ends up becoming stilted and unnatural in the new language and it s no fault of the original story.On the other hand, the style of writing may be different in the original country as well, it might just now translate well at all and there s nothing anyone can do about that.I thought, when I started this book, that that was the main issue I was facing The prose was indeed stilted and dialogue often felt unnatural, but I soon realized that I had many issues with the story itself.Now, before I say anything else, I did finish this book I almost shut it many times, but I felt obligated to finish it and give my review.My main problems all revolve around the main character, Nihal Pretty much for the entire book Nihal acted like a spoiled seven year old Of course it didn t feel like the other characters handled her very well either seriously that first fight with Senner That was totally unfair to her, he used magic in a fight and everyone knew that was implicitedly not the point, but everyone told her it was her own fault, including her father, what The biggest example of this is the romance of the story Basically she decides at a young age that she s in love with the love of her aunt s life and after discovering that he and her aunt are in love, decides to WAIT FOR HIM TO FALL OUT OF LOVE WITH THE AUNT WHO HAS TAKEN CARE OF HER SO HE CAN FALL IN LOVE WITH NIHAL INSTEAD Who acts like that Her behavior becomesandabhorrent as the book continues I have never had such a hard time trying to connect with a character as I did with Nihal She was utterly cruel to everyone who took an interest in her.On top of her attitude is the fact that she is written as a God Character I guess I could say she s a Mary Sue instead, but her traits aren t quite right in my opinion and instead she fits into that mold for role play characters where the character can do absolutely anything and always wins.Somehow Nihal is the strongest fighter ever, despite not having any official training for the longest time and then when she does it s like once a month for a couple of years She defeats ten warriors in a row who have all had serious weapons training She s oh so talented and can overcome anything that s her way.There is also an issue with the writing being contradictory with itself Within one page Fen is described as being very predictable with his moves and then it goes on to say how enjoyable the fight was because Fen was unpredictable Another time Nihal wakes up sees it s raining and the day is ruined and terrible, then a few pages later Nihal is looking at the rain outside and waxing about how much she loves it because it cleans the world.Okay I do have some praise now.I really like the world that has been created here for the most part I like the idea of the Tyrant and the different kingdoms, and I like their names I like that there is an Overworld and an Underworld, I want to learnabout this.I also enjoy Senner Except for a bit in the very beginning where he pretty much makes a fool out of Nihal for selfish reasons, I liked him as a character and as a point of view If the writing improves I d be able to keep reading the series if he was the main character instead of Nihal.I can t say that do recommend this book to many people I understand that it was pretty popular in Italy Maybe it s much better written in the Italian version Maybe for younger crowds who haven t read hundreds of Young Adult books like I have won t notice the faults that I did The problem is that as it is now I wouldn t have even made it past the first few chapters reading it for free on fictionpress or some other online site Vague spoilers because I can t talk of this and not give anything away This was such a wonderful read I really loved this.I love the world building in the story, it s like you re there within the story as you read There isn t any purple prose, no over exaggeration of things like a character s actions or behavior Everything was expertly done.I really loved how the story was an coming of age story for Nihal, how as the story progressed she grew along with it It was wonderful to read of he Vague spoilers because I can t talk of this and not give anything away This was such a wonderful read I really loved this.I love the world building in the story, it s like you re there within the story as you read There isn t any purple prose, no over exaggeration of things like a character s actions or behavior Everything was expertly done.I really loved how the story was an coming of age story for Nihal, how as the story progressed she grew along with it It was wonderful to read of her coming into herself, growing from a rambunctious child with big dreams to a grown woman with a great responsibility on her and a journey to be had These characters were really wonderful, though I do wish Sennar was a bitfleshed out, had anoticeable presence since he grows from a bit of a brat and such a snake in the grass to Nihal s greatest friend and most trusted companion.One of the best scenes was the opening scene, and rightfully so as it instantly grabs the reader s attention.And oh when she began to crush on Fen It was so sweet.The first time she began to see someone as a man and not a companion or a friend or parent, and it was so sweet to read Nihal, soana, and Sennar travel for Sennar s inauguration to become a full fledged sorcerer and they meet up with Fen the dragon knight and his dragon Upon seeing Fen all these strange feelings bloom in Nihal and it nearly knocks her off her feet It certainly left her tongue tied As sweet as it was to read it, it was just as bittersweet to read her to realize that Soana, her aunt and the sorceress, held Fen s heart This is the first time Nihal s felt romantic feelings for someone, and I love that it was handled exactly right Nihal is very stubborn, very pig headed As she grew older andtrained, wonbattles, she began to get a sense of invisibility, hell she never needed armor, that it was just her and her mission and others were wrong to try to sway her or get in her way, even her superiors That s a thing she has to reign in, that her way isn t nearly the right way, especially with the dragons later on.Her love of Fen, while forever unrequited, really does get in the way of her developing relationship with Sennar That what ever hopes, dreams, and fantasies she had for a future with Fen greatly clouded her judgement and put a wedge between her and Sennar And while I felt bad that she lost her first love, I feelbad for Sennar and his developing relationship with Nihal because it s not fair on him that Nihal acted the way she did towards him later on, so distant and standoffish It doesn t seem like she realizes the great responsibilities that they both had and how they had to grow up and do them, that the responsibilities would take them away from each other The way she prioritize makes her very self centered and makes her push away people who care for her and means well She expresses how she feels that everyone is against her when they re just trying to help her and it was very hard to take in, how she was breaking these relationships and then feeling like it s their fault not hers, especially since it was drawing near the end of the book.In the end it greatly reminded me of Jaon of Arc only of course Nihal isn t a schizophrenic Nihal still has a lot to go through, still has a war to fight, peace to win, tyranny to end, she still has much to learn about her still, still has to come into herself, and most important to me relationships to reconcile PLEASE have her make up with Sennar in the second one It was an amazing read, a book I would love to have on my shelf, and I demand that I be the first to have the sequel I LOVED this series so much I wish that they were in English sopeople could read them The characters were amazing, and I loved how they grew as the books went on Such a fun read First of all a premise This is the second time I read this book When I was little around thirteen yeart old Troisi s books where my favorites I loved her heroines, worlds, magics and so, since the author published the first book of a new series, I decided that it was time to read again all her books Despite the horrible consequences, I m happy to have read again the first book of Nihal s trilogy.Anyway, right now, with my twenty three years of life, I can totally write that this isn First of all a premise This is the second time I read this book When I was little around thirteen yeart old Troisi s books where my favorites I loved her heroines, worlds, magics and so, since the author published the first book of a new series, I decided that it was time to read again all her books Despite the horrible consequences, I m happy to have read again the first book of Nihal s trilogy.Anyway, right now, with my twenty three years of life, I can totally write that this isn t a good representative of italian s fantasy Actually, it s quite bad Like a lot Okay It s really bad.Worst fact In Italy there are really few fantasy authors that are able to mash up ya with fantasy That s a same and also quite sad.So, let me start from one of the good parts the world The Overworld as a good structure There a re different regions, all with simple names but that isn t reallt wrong Actually, it can be good and easy for the reader All the lands have a specific trait that make them different from each others The overwolrd is able to call out reader s imagination but it s not enough.There are no details For example, the readers know that the Land of Wind has a capitol city that is made like a giant tower That s totally amazing, but then Please, author, tells me somethingWhat are the use and the costumes of the different regions and nations I need to feel and see real differences While reading and flipping the pages, the readers can read about those differences but the feeling of the lack of disclosure is quite evident.The readers know the Overworld thanks to Nihal s travels but everything happen so fast that there is no time to savour the author s world.So, the real fault, in the end, is imputable to the plot and the characters Clich s are okay to me Really, I ve nothing against them, but clich s mixed with bad characters are something that cannot come out in a good way This novel is so melodramatic Melodarama and fantasy are something that goes along quite well, bu that was like ages ago Now No, I can t imagine to read a melodramtic fantasy and unfortunately, Troisi s book is quite ful of dramas and you must be good morals.There are so many epic style phrases that at a certain point I started to laugh.Now, here are few strange moments Overworld s society is maschilist But there are a child queen, women that are free to be in charge and to go all around the world I must admit that I felt this particular fact as a call to our time, where women are basically free but that at the same time are considered unable or inferior by groups of people or the society itself.And then there is Nihal She could have been a perfect feminist warriori but she constantly put on a edestal.She s amazing, beatiful, hysteric, angry and arrogant No one is perfect I can accept character like this The problem arrives when no one of the other characters try to fight Nihal s bad habit and bad temper She s too perfect to be touched and the only one that tries to make her think well, she answers screaming and crying Just no Just no.That s okay for the first half of the book Then, a normal person start to talk to itself and try to understand why people tell him her that of this Then, with an introspection she he decides to continue with his her current mood or try to change Also, Nihal is totally unable to make female friendship, since she s the only one that can weild a weapong, she s a masterpiece of warrior s skills, and so the other girls are too much stupid for her but also there are no other important female characters that can walk side by side by Nihal.And Nihal can disappear from the Academy without being punished and she can scare grow up men just with her words saying how much she s great.Nihal is fantastic, so fantastic that she s crazy So crazy that she can allow herself to nearly disfigure her best friend Really Really, Nihal I can understand being angry and raise an hand for a punch noto a strong one but you must have really good reasons But throwing a sword or a daggar against the only person that for the entire book has been by your side No, you re not understandable Unless she a psychotic or some kind of sociopath And since in the book this is not clearly stated, neither cited, make me suppose that Nihal is considered to be totally normal, with a good mental health No, the deads voices inside her head are not an excuse, since thy re spirit and not a mental illness and they were not controlling her.Other despressive facts Nihal idea of love has no sense She fell in love at the sight of Fen, an handsome knights, for no reason There aren t reasons She just see him and it s love Plus, Nihal s aspect is unique I don t believe that nobody know where she lives She has blue hair and purple eyes Do I need to repeat mysled I don think so.So, reading a beloved book of childhood ended up to be a massacre .FREE PDF ♫ Nihal of the Land of the Wind ♆ Nihal lives in one of the many towers of the Land of the Wind There is nobody like her in the Overworld big violet eyes, pointed ears, and blue hair She is an expert in swordplay and the leader of a handful of friends that includes Sennar the wizard She has no parents brought up by an arr and a sorceress, Nihal seems to be from nowhereThings suddenly change when the Tyrant takes charge Nihal finds herself forced to take action when she is faced with the most difficult mission a girl her age could imagineFierce, strong, and armed with her black crystal sword, Nihal sets out to become a real warrior Readers will be riveted as she forges her powerful path of resistance Original Blog Post was really excited to read about Nihal After all, a book about a girl that s described as an elf, dragons, righteous battles, magic it s just full of stuff I like to lose myself in It started out really strong the first chapter is beautifully described and the terrors that Nihal and her friends caused throughout the village had me chuckling a time or two But as the book wore on, I found I was looking for the end of each chapter Original Blog Post was really excited to read about Nihal After all, a book about a girl that s described as an elf, dragons, righteous battles, magic it s just full of stuff I like to lose myself in It started out really strong the first chapter is beautifully described and the terrors that Nihal and her friends caused throughout the village had me chuckling a time or two But as the book wore on, I found I was looking for the end of each chapter and marking the start of the next one to read later much later Which is weird, for me I devour books like this in a couple of hours and this particular one was taking me forever to slog through.Don t know why but it made me remember Hana no Ko Lunlun, a Japanese anime series created in the eighties, translated in English as Lulu, The Flower Angel, an anime I watched as a child There are differences, of course, but Lulu sometimes translated as Lily never fit in She was boyish and frequently got into fights which caused a lot of trouble wherever she went Like Nihal, she left her home at a young age to perfect her powers The only time she felt normal was when she worked those powers It s a common enough theme, but stillThen there are also quite a few books that make their influences known, from the currently popular again Lord of the Rings to the classic King Arthur and his knights adventures I won t name them all but a careful read through will reveal certain threads of older fantasy classics Let me just point out that this is a Young Adult novel and most of the target audience probably won t have read these dusty old books But if this will get them interested enough to dig up the original classics, I m all for it.In all, I don t think I d read this again or the rest of the series Sennar is the only character I liked and believed in here but not enough to read another book by this author Maybe.Just a few last things One, I m reviewing an English translation from Italian It s very possible there are a few things that were lost or just don t come out the same way from the original Two, I know there are lots of other people that love her work and I also respect their views and opinions Unfortunately, this author s work just didn t click with me NIHAL OF THE LAND OF THE WIND reminds me of other classic girl in a man s world stories Her character starts out young and enthusiastic about becoming a warrior, but over time she is beset by challenges She overcomes these hurdles one after another, but not without learning lessons that harden her.The style of presentation is the most difficult part of this book to accept Some of the dialog is awkward, and the writing is frequently stilted and flat And worse, sometimes I couldn t tell what w NIHAL OF THE LAND OF THE WIND reminds me of other classic girl in a man s world stories Her character starts out young and enthusiastic about becoming a warrior, but over time she is beset by challenges She overcomes these hurdles one after another, but not without learning lessons that harden her.The style of presentation is the most difficult part of this book to accept Some of the dialog is awkward, and the writing is frequently stilted and flat And worse, sometimes I couldn t tell what was happening I d go back and read and re read a section with action and there was no clear presentation of the action Possibly to avoid describing violent deeds Possibly because the publisher demanded a shorter book Despite this I really enjoyed NIHAL OF THE LAND OF THE WIND And remembering that this was a translation from the Italian, as well as the fact that this series was intended for Tween and Middle graders helped me to glide over the problem areas The story in general reminded me of Tamora Pierce s ALANNA series, except that Troisi s plot is darker and Nihal is flawed, where Alanna measures up close to an ideal standard for human behavior Both girls wantthan anything to be a knight And both girls meet one obstacle after another But where Alanna s focus is on serving good, at this point in the story arc Nihal is confused, and she isinterested in seeing enemy dead mound up beneath her feet, than developing her own standards of behavior If you are a Type A reader where everything must be perfect, then you should probably avoid this series The flat story telling like you find in children s fairytales and the sometimes awkward rendering of things into English is likely to drive you crazy.However, if you want a different sort of grand epic tale with magic, dragons, knights, and human drama, you might very well want to pick up a copy I ended up liking this storythan I expected There s a good story here review copy requested ARC from NetgalleyNihal lives in one of the many towers of the Land of the Wind There is nobody like her in the Overworld big violet eyes, pointed ears, and blue hair She is an expert in swordplay and the leader of a handful of friends that includes Sennar the wizard She has no parents brought up by an arr and a sorceress, Nihal seems to be from nowhere.Things suddenly change when the Tyrant takes charge Nihal finds herself forced to take action when she is faced with the mos requested ARC from NetgalleyNihal lives in one of the many towers of the Land of the Wind There is nobody like her in the Overworld big violet eyes, pointed ears, and blue hair She is an expert in swordplay and the leader of a handful of friends that includes Sennar the wizard She has no parents brought up by an arr and a sorceress, Nihal seems to be from nowhere.Things suddenly change when the Tyrant takes charge Nihal finds herself forced to take action when she is faced with the most difficult mission a girl her age could imagine.Fierce, strong, and armed with her black crystal sword, Nihal sets out to become a real warrior Readers will be riveted as she forges her powerful path of resistance