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Nihal della terra del vento (Chronicles of the Overworld #1)

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Nihal è davvero strana, nel Mondo Emerso sembra non esserci nessuno come lei: grandi occhi viola, orecchie appuntite, capelli blu. È stata cresciuta da un armaiolo e vive in una delle tante città-torri della Terra del Vento, giocando a combattere insieme a un gruppo di amici che l'ha eletta capo per la sua forza e agilità. Ma tutto cambia all'improvviso quando la Terra del...more
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Mondadori (first published 2004)
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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...more
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I 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...more
Pamela ☼where's my aspirin☼ Tee
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...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
requested ARC from Netgalley

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 armorer 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...more
I LOVED this series so much!!! I wish that they were in English so more people could read them! The characters were amazing, and I loved how they grew as the books went on. Such a fun read!

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 c...more
Brianne Reeves
This book is originally an Italian novel that has been translated to German and is being released next week in English.

Nihal is a young girl who wants to be a warrior. She’s raised by her father, an armorer who has always let her run wild. She’s a gifted swordsman and has some magic ability. When her town is raided by the Tyrant’s forces, Nihal leaves in defense of the Land of the Wind.

My problems with this book are many, so be warned.

First and foremost, Nihal is a highly capable fighter with g...more
I received a copy via NetGalley from the publisher for an honest review.

This is the story of Nihal of Salazar, a young girl with blue hair, purple eyes, and pointy ears. Unlike most girls her age, she enjoys sword play instead of daydreaming of her future husband & playing dress up. One day, she meets a boy who tricks her with magic during a duel. Determined to defeat this boy, she sets herself on quest to learn magic and eventually defeat her enemies and avenge her family.

My Thoughts
I was...more
I want more! Hoping the rest of the series is translated soon.

Full review: http://casualreadersbookclub.blogspot...

*I received this copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review, and opinions are mine alone.
Sam at A Journey Through Pages
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'...more
Fantasy d'esordio...
...e si sente! Nihal della Terra del Vento è un fantasy che ha come maggior pecca una semplicità eccessiva, che si traduce principalmente in una scarsa - o meglio semplicistica - caratterizzazione dei personaggi. La trama è fortemente classica, così come l'ambientazione, cosa che del resto accomuna direi il 90% della produzione fantasy.
Nihal nasce bene come bambina aspirante spadaccina che compie infinite scorribande a Salazar. L'evoluzione in ragazzina cocciuta perdutamente...more
Bieke {Istyria book blog}

Istyria book blog ~ B's world of enchanted books

Nihal of the Land of the Wind borders somewhere on the line of being Middle Grade book and a Young Adult book. Kind of like Harry Potter. It was like that in the first two or three books of that series too. The main character is 13 years old, she's awesome with a sword so what's not to love about that? It's a quick, fun and easy read. The world in this book is easy to get lost in and I ended up finishing this book in a couple of hours. I do intend...more
Madalina  Mocanu
May contain spoilers! Read at your own risk!

If you're wondering what's wrong with me and why am I doing reviews for books I've already read, I'll inform you that I've read a lot of books that I have very strong opinions of and that I haven't written a review for, maybe because I wasn't in the mood at the time or did not know what to write.
Now that I have more experience in these kinds of things I can go back to the books I've read earlier this year (2014) or in the past years and give at least...more
Yomna hosny
*Thank you Netgalley for providing a free advanced copy of this book for review*
This book was a gem. I have no prior experience with Italian literature aside from flicking through the divine comedy way back when. Italian high fantasy is entirely new territory for me.

* Nihal, In Arabic(نهال) means: She who has drunk from the well/content or joyful. in Persian it means sapling. Just thought I'd share that with you since it was what originally caught my eye.

This story follows Nihal*, a girl whose m...more
Credo che mi limiterò a commentare l'intera triologia dato che questo libro, a mio avviso, sembra più una sorta di grande epilogo del romanzo vero e proprio. </p><p>Troisi scrive bene, lo stile un po' troppo semplice per i miei gusti, ma affascinante, diretto e carico di emozioni. <br />Mi sono avvicinata a questa triologia un po' guardiga. Molti ne parlavano male, altri in modo beffardo altri in tono reverenziale.<br />Come capire realmente cosa ne pensassero i lettori?<br...more
Ana Domingos
Não conhecia a autora e a colecção, tendo-me deparado com este livro na biblioteca e requisitei-o por ter achado a capa intrigante e a sinopse interessante. De um modo geral achei-o interessante, gostei especialmente da personalidade de Nihal, uma rapariga corajosa e diferente das restantes da sua idade, que deseja, acima de tudo, ser guerreira. Gostei do facto de a autora não ter criado mais uma "donzela em apuros que espera o seu príncipe encantado" mas sim uma mulher de armas que luta por pro...more
Analouise Keating
Kudos to Open Road Media for publishing the English translation of this novel. Nihal is a great protagonist for YA readers. She's strong but not perfect, smart but not brilliant, and develops throughout the novel. Interesting world-building. An enjoyable read.
Oct 23, 2010 Claudiu rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of constantly crying girls, cliche young adult fantasy
I don't really know if it was the translation at fault, or if the book itself was a problem, but this really couldn't grip me properly. The story was nice, the characters (for the most part) were interesting and the world had promise.
But the dialogue was simply painful to read and most of the book's plot amounts to little more than just ticking all the right cliches for a story of this sort.

I really don't know if I want to spend my money on the sequels for the book, or if I even care enough for...more
The Twins Read
This review can originally be found at The Twins Read.

Nihal has no idea why her hair is blue, or why she is unique. She's never known her mother, and thinks that her father is an armorer.

She's wrong.

Nihal is the last of her kind, the lone survivor of the race that the Tyrant has wiped out from existence.

And she will make him pay.

Nihal's story spans her childhood to her being a fierce young female warrior. It encompasses the people she grew up with, people she has unique interactions with in he...more
Jul 05, 2014 Mrjoslin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mrjoslin by: Netgalley
This book is originally an Italian novel that is being released next week in English. I was fortunate enough to get an ARC through Netgalley.

Nihal is a mysterious blue haired young girl who wants to be a warrior. She’s raised by her father, an armorer. She pretty much runs wild. She turns out to be a gifted swordsman and even has some magic ability. When her town is raided by the Tyrant’s forces, Nihal takes up the challenge to become a Dragon Knight and save the Land of the Wind.

Always on the l...more
This story has potential, but it is poorly translated and poorly edited. I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I was struck by how awkward the wording was. In many places, the words just read wrong. When I looked up the book and found that it was originally written in Italian and this is the author's first book to be translated into English, that seemed to explain the odd wording. It is also, however, poorly edited as well. I highly suggest that if the author is to have any more...more
This one was a DNF (did not finish) for me. The book had a great many things going for it. It was interesting, the world was beautiful and the characters fun. Nihal is (from what I gathered in the half or so I read) a half-elf, though she herself seems oblivious to the fact. She has lived a sheltered life in the tower city of her birth. She loves to play fight and thrives on the dream of becoming a great warrior and having adventures outside of her city. She is just the type of hero I normally...more
Nihal of the Land of the Wind (Chronicles of the Overworld, 1) by Licia Troisi
Print Length: 282 pages
Publisher: Mondadori (May 27, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

My Review~
I received this book in exchange for a honest unbiased review from Netgalley.
The cover is interesting enough but when you add the book description it gets the reader intrigued which is what it did to me. I liked the cover, but it is the description that pull me into reading the book. The book Wow in and of itself...more
Net-galley review
3.5 stars
Well written, especially being translated, was able to hold my attention For the most part. What didn't was it felt very childish, not mature... I don't know how else to describe it. This is what gave me issues with the story and the characters. The story starts out with a young 13 year old Nihal and progresses 3 years by the time it's 50% into it. Everything feels a little too.... Childish. A little too washed over. I like the story, the plot is very good and it's eas...more
Alexandra  Harris
My reviews can also be found @: Heaven to Earth Reviews
What a surprising story, and fun read. This book surprised me, based on the blurb and the breath taking cover I had assumed this book was YA, and though parts are it's more middle school reading material. Licia Troisi is poetic in this book painting an amazing picture for her readers.

There are oddles of great characters but I admit I enjoyed and loved Nihal. Nihal is spunky and fierce which is a wonderful treat because it's not too action f...more
Carissa Bookworm
Actual Rating: 4.5
I really enjoyed it- though the romance SUCKED *see below*! In the first few chapters, the writing style and content was very childrens/middle-grade-ish, which was weird for me because I rarely read anything other than YA any more. After a few chapters though, this started to morph into really good Young Adult.

I loved Nihal. She's so unique, maybe a little bit too unique. o_O I was so excited when I learned her big secret! At first, it did seem rather odd that she was so natura...more
Lenissa Davis
I received a copy via NetGalley from the publisher for an honest review.

Since it was originally written in Italian, the translation was a little off, but for me it was okay. The plot was interesting, I loved the story world, how I felt about the character's were a little confusing.

Nihal was one of my least favorite characters, the things she said, did, and thought put me off. I feel like her father lets her get off to easily with everything she does, I found myself yelling at him in the beginn...more
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book grabbed me right from the beginning and really was a great page turner.

Nihal is a young girl and her dream is to be a warrior. The story was interesting and I enjoyed watching her discover her dreams and overcome obstacles as she becomes a young woman in this story.

The characters made me crave more, wanting from them what the words never said. I laughed, I smiled and I cried with them.

Damn you at 64%!! Crie...more
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at

Thanks to Netgalley and Open Road Integrated Media for giving me this book to review.

There is no one like Nihal in the tower she lives in, in the Land of the Wind, as she has pointed ears, blue hair and big purple eyes. All she wants to be is a warrior despite there being no female soldiers, which means she must learn to fight from her friends and her weaponsmith father and learn sorcery from her aunt and her best f...more
I love me a capable female lead. And heck, who doesn't love an elf with a sword? Looks interesting, Hopefully will get an ARC from Netgalley!

YAY!!!!! Can't wait to read this. And SO SO SO glad the cover is better than the old version, though barf would have been an improvement over that metal chick... icky. Not pretty.

UUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGG this was a good book. I really loved Nihal. She's awesome. I think what I liked is that things did not come easily for her, she had to work hard; she wasn't...more
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Licia Troisi was born in Ostia, a little place by the sea near Rome. She’s been passionate about writing since her childhood. She took classical studies at high school and studied astrophysics in the university. She started to write her first trilogy, Cronache del Mondo Emerso (Chronicles from the Emerged World), at the age of 21.
She got married in 2007 and is currently a PhD student in Rome. Musi...more
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