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The Howling of Wind (Tales of Yggdrasil #1)

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Ten years without daylight. Everything they knew was a lie. A society of children in the ancient far north live underground - and their lives are about to change.

Woven into dreams and secrets lies a hidden prophecy - their quest for freedom comes at a staggering cost. Worse, three children are fated for the Hringur, a leadership ring required to reclaim their homeland. The
ebook, 345 pages
Published August 25th 2012
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Jhonni Parker
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This a hard book to review in just a paragraph, as there were many things that I really loved, and a few things that I though could be improved upon. First I have to say that I adored all of the characters, and thought they all felt really authentic. I loved that no one ever felt really cliché or stereotypical, and that each one had qualities that made them unique. I loved that our group of “heroes” were some kids living underground in the ancient Northern Europe. I loved the myth and the detail ...more
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
There were things I loved about this book, and a few things that I didn’t so much love. First, the writing was great, which is VERY important to me. I read a lot of indie authors and nothing makes me more irritated than sloppy or careless editing. This novel was excellently edited as far as I saw. I thought the plot was great, and the tone of the book felt authentic for middle-grade. The characters were all very likable (at least the ones who were supposed to be) and felt real and three dimensio ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one night. I didn’t want to put it down! I was immediately pulled into the story that tells of a group of children and some women who have been in captivity (so they think) for many years. Anders is 10 years old, and he along with his older sister Sissel, have been in sort of a hidden orphanage in the caverns. It is almost 1000 years in the past, but feels very current except for the references to the Norse gods. This book is very creative and I think it’s the attention to de ...more
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, drama, action, scifi, ya-mg
I didn’t expect to love this book but I did! For me good writing goes along way, and I was very impressed with Sig Nilsson’s style. Although I believe “The Howling Of Wind” is billed as a YA novel (meaning the main characters are juveniles), for some reason this book read as more adult to me. Not because of the content, just more in the voice and tone of the narrative. It just felt “older”, which for me is a good thing (I’m 30ish), but much younger readers may not be able to connect as well, or ...more
This was one of the more intriguing YA books I’ve read in a long while. The world building was amazing –I really felt like I was underground in the caverns with the kids and felt the rush of going “above ground”. The premise was so original…I can’t think of any other book I’ve read (or even heard of) that is like it. While I mostly have high praise for this book and its author, Sig Nilsson, I also felt like there were some things that should have been a bit better, specifically, it seemed as if ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Howling of Wind by Sig Nilsson has all the elements one could hope for from a MG/YA/Crossover fantasy adventure. Although it is mainly about younger children, it is written in a way that adults will certainly enjoy it as well. There is some very interesting Norse mythology placed throughout that gives this novel a unique twist, at least from what I’ve seen lately. The theme is about good versus evil, and facing their fears. While the concept is not exactly new, the story felt original in its ...more
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The Howling of Wind” (Tales of Yggdrasil) by Sig Nilsson was an enchanting and well-written YA fantasy novel that will appeal to adults and children alike. It is highly inventive and imaginative, with clear, crisp writing and an engaging tone. The main character is Anders, age 10, and his sister Sissel. They, along with many others, live underground in secret because their world was destroyed by an enemy that they must inevitably face. As this is the first book in a series, the adventure seems ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel was fabulous, a real breath of fresh air! What lovely prose and vivid atmosphere Sig Nilsson weaved into this imaginative story! From the underground world, to the stories in the books, the runes (and the cool way they showed up on my kindle!), and the poems and the secret twists… to coming in to one’s destiny and fighting the forces of evil. This book was a wonderful experience and should not be missed by fans of YA fantasy, sci-fi. I’m definitely interested in continuing with this ...more
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Sig Nilsson began reading fantasy fiction as a child, beginning with her mother's original set of Oz books by L. Frank Baum. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.
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