The Wind Dancer by Iris Johansen

The first book of the trilogy The Wind Dancer brings a legend which will travel through the past to the present and will be hunted by many.

The Wind Dancer:

The Wind DancerIn Renaissance Italy, intrigue is as intricate as craved cathedral doors, but none is so captivating as that surrounding the prized Wind Dancer, the lost treasure of a family-and of the man who stop at nothing to recliam it.  Lionello Andreas is bound by his vow to guard the exquiste statue.  But to recover what is rightfully his, he will need the help of a thief-one he can control body and soul.  He finds his answer on the treacherous backstreets of Florence, in a sharp-witted young woman whose poverty leaves her no choice.  But in the end, the allure of the Wind Dancer, and the ruthlessness of those who would possess her, will catapult them both into terrifying realm where death may be the most merciful escape…

I was throughly impressed with the intense and complex characters along with the plot.  As far as the book it was not overly long, around 400 pages but worth reading each page.  You read so fast it goes by in a blink of an eye.  I love Johansen’s style of writing and how she gives twists to her books without you guessing all that is going to happen.

I have read Johansen and love her books.  Within this book I noticed there was a lot more tragedy with the characters which I liked.  I like when characters have a happy ending, and they do, but I like to see them fight for that ending.  It is not handed to them on a silver platter.  The tragedy which befalls upon the characters is the plague which the villain makes sure spreads through the town and to the people who matter most.  But he under estimates Sanchia.

The added part with the plague was interesting to read.  I have always been fascinated with that time period and liked how Johansen added in some historical facts.

The characters were amazing to read about.  They had such drive and complexity that you do not always get to read about.  Sanchia is a strong character right from the start and tragedy only helps that strenght grow.

Lion is another fantastic character because of his ruthless nature but there is kindness there and Sanchia brings that out of him along with the roughness.

Lorenzo is another character who is there but is a quiet character who holds the fate of the Wind Dancer in his hands which will be seen in the next book.

As I finished reading I couldn’t wait to find the next book to the series.  I had to find out when the Wind Dancer would show next now that it is in the hands of the French.

This is not your average romance book.  Johansen delivers intrigue, adventure, tragedy and betrayal while love in waiting to be discovered.

A worthy beginning of the trilogy of the Wind Dancer.  I recommed this book.

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