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Keeper of the Winds (Daughter of Destiny #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  359 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
My name is Jenna Solitaire and everything I thought I knew about myself, my family, and my future is wrong. My life is not my own. It never has been. I just didn't know it—until now…

After the death of her grandfather, nineteen-year-old Jenna Solitaire finds an ancient wooden board hidden away in the attic of his house. Scorched by fire and covered in mysterious symbols, th
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Tor Teen (first published 2006)
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Karen Field
Apr 21, 2009 Karen Field rated it liked it
Keeper of the Winds by Jenna Solitaire is teen fiction and I suppose I would put it into the urban fantasy genre. Other readers might slot it into the mystery/suspense genre and possibly even romance (although I feel the romance thread isn’t strong enough to do that).

The book is the first in a series called Daughter of Destiny and from a writer’s perspective there were two things that really stood out to me.

The first – a positive – is that I enjoyed the writer’s style and voice. It was easy to
May 05, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok
This book had me really annoyed at first. They way the author wrote and portrayed the characters drove me crazy. In fact, it still does. I mean, who names the main character after themselves? That was the first thing that bothered me. Then, the author has to use the very typical writing idea of creating a love triangle where the girl in the love triangle has a best friend who is in love with her, but she only wants to be friends, and that the other boy in the love triangle repulses her and intri ...more
Alexis  Neuville

This was part of the Oldies But Goodies post in which I do mini-reviews for books that haven't been published in the past two years.

Here's a secret: my best friend's dad wrote these novels under the pen name Jenna Solitaire. I have to admit, I was practically being forced to read these novels. I got signed copies and my friend's dad was bringing us to a writing/book convention and the only way I could go was if I read the first novel. Well thank go
Feb 07, 2008 Kaia rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I was really looking forward to this book but after I read it I was quite dissapointed. I found the main character somewhat annoying at times, she seemed to do everything opposite from what I would have done in her tough situations. So in other words I had a hard time relating to the character. Also the author's style of writing was not my favorite. She seemed to focus sometimes too much on little unimportant details, like the weather (which is important at some points but not constantly). And l ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Ariel rated it liked it
Synopsis: A girl discovers a powerful board that will change her life.

Audience: Teens
Purpose: Entertainment
Medium: Novel
Genre –Setting: Fantasy
Genre –Plot: Action
Genre-Style: Idealism

Criticism: This book left me wanting more. I love how Jenna Solitaire Draws out the drama making your eyes glued to the page waiting for more.It also kept me wanting to much more.In the end i was disoponted and how much i was left guessing.
Dec 29, 2008 Potato rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book. A mix of history,fantasy,adventure, and a tiny bit of romance. I Loved the big fights.
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Author, and supposed main character, Jenna Solitaire, portrays a world with a strong female heroine who disbelievingly discovers she is the "Daughter of Destiny" and Keeper of the Boards. The Boards, being aligned with the apparently evil powers of the various elements/forces of nature (Wind, Water, Fire, and Earth), along with several others that are not yet introduced, have been passed down since before Christ, always in the care of a Solitaire woman. One gets the impression that the boards ar ...more
Emily Stone
Dec 29, 2013 Emily Stone rated it it was ok
It wasn't hard to get into - but I will say that the author seemed to write this either quickly, or very slowly over a long period of time - by the look of things - without sleep too. Using the same words, the same phrases, the same descriptions over and over again. The way she would describe action from every angle she possibly could, as if announcing to the world "I CAN'T GET THIS DESCRIPTION RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, SO I'LL JUST DESCRIBE IT ABOUT 5 MORE TIMES IN THE SAME PARAGRAPH AND PEOPLE WIL ...more
Dec 21, 2010 Didi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is nasty. Crappy writing. crappy concept. Crappy cover.


I read this as a travel read and I just don't get how anyone can rate this book any higher than 1 star. It would have been a lot more interesting if she simply made one girl control fire another earth ect. But no. Just one girl with all these powers have random flash backs. No one actually did anything in the first book. It was such a pile of KAKA. Its one of those poor quality cheap little books that sit in the corne
Shawney Wallace
Jan 30, 2014 Shawney Wallace rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
This author deserves to be heard! Her writing style depicting this young woman is wonderful, especially with the creativeness of the four elements' raw power locked away in ancient boards. I strongly recommend you give her a chance; it's clever, funny, and sometimes suspenseful! A great story that is sorely underrated!
Aug 07, 2014 Tris added it
Shelves: ya
amazing i'm in love with her she should totally end up with her new team mate
Dec 19, 2007 Kate rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I actually found myself bored by this book. It was sad. It looked really interesting - woman finds ancient board with magical powers that is her birthright to protect - but it lacks something I can't quite put my finger on. It was a little reminiscent of Dan Brown's DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, so if you loved those, you might give this a try. It definitely has more of the supernatural than Brown's work, however (it is a fantasy series, after all).
Nov 09, 2009 Mindy rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, ya
What can I say? This book isn't horrible, but it isn't that great either. I think it's lame the author either uses her real name as the character or her pen-name. The characters were not fully developed in a way that made me actually care about what happened to them. It's too bad because I think the concept was pretty interesting. I don't think I'll be picking up the next book in the series anytime soon.
Jul 24, 2013 Taylor rated it really liked it
This was one of the first book series I ever read. And tbh, since then I have read it once or twice more. It was so long ago that I barely remember how it was written, I just know that I enjoyed it. It made me cry and laugh and it did captivate me. Just... ya know, in 2006, when I was... 13. :/
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I loved this book. It was about magic, good faith, love and many other things. I love the mysterious things that happened in the story like the guy who came to Jenna's grandfather's funeral. All together I would say this book is a blend of everything including mystery.
Katrina Knittle
Dec 12, 2013 Katrina Knittle rated it liked it
When I first started to read this book i was so annoyed with it. I just did not like this book, but I forced myself to stick it out. The plot of the book is interesting and one of it's own. Other then that not much to really say about this book.
May 22, 2010 Wendy rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good start to a 4 books series. Enjoyed the idea and find the fact that the author is the main character interesting. Definitely going to read the next 3 now and then give them to my daughter to read.
Sep 14, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it
It was slow to start, but once you got into the book it really picked up. Jenna is relunctant scared resist to too much change. I can really relate to that, life and changes all at once can be overwhelmening
Feb 11, 2012 Azure rated it liked it
I've never read a book like this. It's an all around okay book, but I'm looking for a book that keeps my attention, though the action within the story almost kept it just wasn't enough.
Sep 15, 2008 Zi rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who love fantasy and elemental stuff
Shelves: books-i-own
Fell in LOVE with this book and can't wait to read the next three. It does not get the attention it deserves though, which makes me sad because it's really good!
Jul 06, 2014 Casey rated it liked it
It weirded me out that the main character and the author had the same name, but once I got over that I really enjoyed this one and the next 3.
Jul 21, 2010 Erin rated it did not like it
I grabbed the book at the library, and I read a little bit but just couldn't get into it. Wished I did. Sounded interesting...
Feb 15, 2011 Elin rated it it was amazing
It's sooooooo good!
I love it!
it's so magical and facinating.
which makes me want to see it again.
Sep 06, 2010 Shelby rated it it was amazing
This book was wicked good. You should definitely read it. It's at the school library.
Feb 25, 2009 Jolan rated it it was amazing
This book was an excellent read, and I liked the story a lot! I love the characters too.
Alyssa McCowan
Apr 14, 2010 Alyssa McCowan rated it liked it
crappiest ending to an ongoing series, but the read was really good :/
Dec 01, 2007 Readhead rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Shelves: fantasy
Good book. Took a while to get started, but when it did, it was good.
Jul 08, 2009 Chau rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome book. As "Potato" said on her review. xD
Jan 12, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Great book, want to get the rest of them so I can read them.
Jan 22, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing
Sooo cute! Romance and adventur as well as mystery! nothing like it!
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Jenna Solitaire was raised in Ohio, and now lives the life of a vagabond, searching the world for the next Board. When she was nineteen, she learned that she was the Keeper of the Boards, and her life has been filled with magic and mayhem ever since. With Simon Monk, she continues to travel the world and learn about the Boards of Babylon. She believes that sharing her story with others is importan ...more
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Daughter of Destiny (4 books)
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