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Wind Warrior

(World Aflame #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,013 ratings  ·  139 reviews
The earth gives way to the sea, the sea bows before the wind, the winds feed the flame, the flame burns the world of man down to the earth.

The sleepy town of White Halls harbours a dangerous secret. On a picturesque street, two houses down from a lovely little park, in a quaint little home with a wraparound porch, lives a family that seems rather normal. Sure, their twenty
Published June 14th 2013 (first published June 11th 2013)
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Myranda Hatfield Just finished book one...I'm looking forward to starting book two and how Xander and Sammy relationship grows through all of the battles that are to c…moreJust finished book one...I'm looking forward to starting book two and how Xander and Sammy relationship grows through all of the battles that are to come. Although I do think it was a little rushed them getting together so quickly. I felt like there could have been more back story before we got to this point. It's not the best book I ever read and it's not the worst, on a scale of one to ten, I'd give it about a 4 or 5.(less)

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Kanwarpal Singh
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jon Messenger re-invents elemental power in modern day America to bring us Wind Warrior, the story of young man Xander Sirocco and his discovery that he is descended from the Wind Caste, a tribe of elemental warriors on the verge of extinction. In this relatively short novel Messenger delivers the first great struggle of Xander's journey with plenty of drama, action and heartache going on.

I usually prefer good villains to heroes in my adventure books and this one is no exception! I'm already a b
Michael Loring
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To start off my review of this novel, why don’t we do a quick run down of its history, shall we?

Starting off as a much shorter novella, Wind Warrior was submitted into the Clean Teen Publishing anthology Wonderstruck. Shortly after, Jon Messenger decided to take the novella and lengthen it into a full-blown novel. Which, in my personal opinion was a splendid idea!

The story begins with twenty-year-old Xander Sirocco, a college student who still lives at home with his parents and grandfather. He’s
Rebecca Gober
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger broke through top 100 in Amazon on three categories! Download Wind Warrior in the next 24 hours and be a part of something huge! Help get Wind Warrior to the TOP TEN in all if Amazon! This is the amazing start of a new adult series of elemental users. Find out what happens when the wind feeds the flames and loving your enemy makes things complicated.
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Damn Messenger! What a read..

Ok when I got an inbox off Courtney asking if I wanted a copy of this book she just didn't just ask she basically demanded I read it, she raved this book and and built it up so much the word "no" never came to mind.

I was in a rut as far as reading and no matter how good a book was that feeling you get, the excitement and adrenaline of reading a new book, a book you know is going to be good- was lacking.

Like I said I was in a rut, no book was cutting it for m
Magen McMinimy
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was very different then what I have come to expect when reading one of Messengers’ novels; I knew this book would lack the violence of his other works as it is a NA story. So to be honest while I was sure he could pull it off I was blown away by how well he truly writes in this genre.

I am going to start my review off by saying I totally loved Sean, I realize he’s a supporting character in this book, but he might possibly be my favorite of the crew of characters. One of the most importa
Ethan Gregory
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Full review can be found at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...

My Thoughts:

Wind Warrior was a book I picked up on a whim. It was suggested to me by a fellow blogger and, being on an elemental kick, I decided to take the bait. I picked up my copy (free) from B&N and was elated to discover that our author, Jon Messenger, is a male. Seriously this excites me more than it should. I love reading, but since starti
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Wind Warrior is book 1 in the World Aflame series by Jon Messenger. Revolving around Xander, a 20 year old student whose life is spun upside down when he discovers he is a Wind Warrior, able to control the wind and told he has to help save his race against the Fire Warriors, who are trying to speed up the process of them taking over the world from the Wind Warriors by killing the last of them. The inclusion of the elements Earth, Water, Wind and Fire give Wind Warrior a new spin on a su
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!!

Well I bought it, started reading it, got to chapter 8, reluctantly put it down to go to the Facebook release party that started at 7 pm Central and went until 10 pm, then I finished reading it…..and it was AWESOME!! I’m not sure what it is about stories with elementals, but they draw me in. I think it has something to do with my childhood because I used to stand outside (near Chicago) and pretend I could make the wind gust….sigh sadly though no w
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wind Warrior starts when college student Xander discovers very mysterious powers which he didn't know he possesses. He must learn how to use them in order to save himself from other supernatural powers that he didn't know existed.
I really loved this book from the start, Xander is such a likable character, and the more we know about his powers and other supernatural beings the more hooked I was. I don't think I've read the story that uses four elements in that way so it definitely was a big plus
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books that are in a male's perspective. I usually have a hard time connecting with the main character if they are a male because, well, I'm not one; but I really could not help but like Xander. Something else I really loved in this book was the relationship between Xander and his grandfather. At first I saw him as this cranky old man that walked with a cane, like the old man in the movie UP. I could not help myself. But, he's more like a mix of him and Clint Eastwood i ...more
Penelope Bartotto
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it

Welcome to the World Aflame series by Jon Messenger. We're diving in today with a review of book one in the series Wind Warrior.
Messenger has crafted a mythology with this series of elemental beings that wield the forces of nature to preserve the earth and keep the balance. He first introduces us to the main character of the series, Xander Sirocco, a young man t
K.C. Finn
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent opening to an exciting series!

Jon Messenger re-invents elemental power in modern day America to bring us Wind Warrior, the story of young man Xander Sirocco and his discovery that he is descended from the Wind Caste, a tribe of elemental warriors on the verge of extinction. In this relatively short novel Messenger delivers the first great struggle of Xander's journey with plenty of drama, action and heartache going on.

I usually prefer villains to heroes in my adventure books and thi
For me, this was a quick read that was enjoyable. I particularly liked Sean, Zander’s best friend. Sean is supportive and fiercely loyal to his buddy. He also loves to joke around and can be somewhat of a trickster. This book is all about the final days before Armageddon and the prophecy of fire devastating everything, everywhere is fearsome. Only a few Wind Warriors remain, but the Fire Warriors are on the rise, and most of them want to exterminate their foes the Wind Warriors so they can destr ...more
Morgan Mitchell
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved the plot of this story surrounding the elemental powers and that it was not clearly a good verses evil tale. I usually do not enjoy YA as much as I enjoyed Wind Warrior! This was a great read for so many reasons, one being that the male characters were written so well. The characters truly come alive, and Sean was by far my favorite. I loved Xander and Sammy too and can see theirs being an epic love story but hope the next book includes Sean and Jessica because they added so much down to ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I have had this book since 2013 and have wanted to read it. I signed up for this tour so that I would force myself to finally read it. I have been wanting to start this series for forever, but I always had other books I needed to read first.

I did enjoy the story of the elementals and the fight for control over the Earth. I had a hard time with this book because it felt rushed at times and things weren't fleshed out enough. There didn't seem to be a lot of explanation or development of the chara
The Wind Warrior was a great start to a YA series that's a little hard to categorize completely, but I'd say it could fall into science fiction/apocalyptic. What I really thought was really original was the system of elemental powers that people possess, including earth, wind, water and fire. There is a cycle, with each caste being in control before giving way to the next. The abilities they have aren't magical in nature, but rather supernatural powers. It was a fast read that flowed well and I ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any age
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Clean Teen Publishing
I won a paperback copy of this book from a giveaway from Clean Teen Publishing, in return for an honest review. This book totally blew me away. I loved the story line and how the author was able to bring these characters to life in my mind. I felt as if I was watching a movie while reading this book. I was full of excitement, surprises, and lots of action from beginning to end and it was very hard to put this remarkable book down. When I did put it down, I was daydreaming about what might be hap ...more
Katie Harder-schauer
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In a world heading towards the apocalypse, one completely unmotivated college student could be all that can save the world from complete destruction. Will he succeed?

I don't know. Looks like I'm going to have to continue reading this series to find out just how concerned I should be about the impending apocalypse.

I found the basic idea behind this story to be very intriguing, that there are select supernatural castes of people sent to the Earth to see it through specific phases of development. W
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I was really looking forward to reading Wind Warrior. I think the cover is amazing and it was really what grabbed me. What I was not expecting was that it read like a middle grade book. The whole time I kept thinking of Percy Jackson and Bobby Pendragon yet this novel is for adults. Xander is a 20 year old college student living at home and having nothing much going for him till he develops a super power. The writing was pretty simple which even tho
Deborah Bean
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wind Warrior by Jon Messenger has me hooked. It is easy to picture these characters in your head as go through the trials that they face. This book was so different from other books that I have read that I did not put it down until I came to the end. It captured my attention that thoroughly. If you are looking for a sweet romance, this is not your book. This is about finding out that you have a super power and that there are people trying to kill you (like your date to a dance).
Xander falls for
Joood Hooligan
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: need-to-review
I have been eagerly waiting for a time to read this book, so I was very excited to find out that it was my Relentless Reviewers book for May.

There has yet to be a CTP book that I haven't enjoyed, and this book is no exception. Although I already had high expectations for it.

Xander is an awesome character, although I do find his grandfather to be much cooler than he was.

There are some issues in the book, mostly with grammar. I also felt there were parts that went by too quickly, and so they lacke
Rebecca Larsen
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I give it a 5 star
I was sucked right in to this world of wind and flame. For the first word to the last, Messenger keeps the action going. With the wind caste trying to survive, the fire caste wanting their turn to rule..the battles between the two groups are scorching.

"The sea bows before the WIND, the WIND feeds the FLAME, the FLAME burns the world of man down to the EARTH." (absolutely true)

"People with super powers don't just suddenly appear without someone noticing."
Lauren Taylor
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved It!!

I've never read an elemental book before and Wind Warrior has me wanting to read more in the genre.

It's exciting, intruguing with a relatable main character.

A sweet romantic element pulled it all together for me.

Well done Jon!
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
I don't really want to go on about this book for too long, specifically because I don't actually care all that much about it, but I don't want to not write anything so here goes.

I found this book on Goodreads, and was excited to read it, so I bought the book and was waiting for it to ship when I discovered that the first book was free on Amazon Kindle, so I decided to get the ebook and read it before my physical book shipped to see if I'd actually really enjoy this enough to buy the physical co
Jessica Nicole
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review taken from:

Title: Wind Warrior

Author: Jon Messenger

Genre: New Adult Fantasy

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Pages: 192 pages

Best for: 15 and up (no sex, very little language)

Check it out: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Good Reads

I received this book from Clean Teen Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book! Fast paced with lots of action and fantasy, and the promise for a great sequel! Jon Messenger’s writing is clean and crisp, making the
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
I had such high hopes for this. It really had such great potential. I think if it would have had a stronger set-up in the beginning for the story it would have worked better for me.

Here are the questions/issues that I just couldn't get out of my head as I read this and the next book, Flame Caller:

1. The protagonists are supposed to be college age, but to me they act more like they're in high school.

2. You follow two of Xander's friends in the story, but it's like they might have a partial chapte
David Torres
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm actually surprised by how good this book was. It is a very quick read, and it's pretty well done, aside from a couple of errors I found, but those are negligible. I didn't really "stub my toe" reading over the errors.

So within the first few pages, I was hooked because Xander discovers he has powers. And he's 20. SO he's a little more mature, yet still pretty funny, and not so annoyingly and stupidly immature as some protagonists in YA novels can be.

This is another book that bounces back an
Well, there it is--another series that I am going to have to fan girl and obsess over.

I was really struggling to find my new fix waiting for the next Mortal Instruments and Divergent book--well I found it!

Wind Warrior is a amazingly written, thrilling adventure that could totally be made into a movie! It isn't just another story about teens thrust into the important task of saving the world--oh no--it is so much more than that. Wind Warrior doesn't fall into any of the cliches that other young
S. Policar
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing

*I received this book from the author via Say What? Savannah Mae*

I knew from the moment I had first heard about this book that it was going to be good. The story follows Xander, an average slacker college student, who in the wake of a near horrible accident, discovers he has the ability to control wind. While it's all cool at first, it quickly heads south and Xander is forced to flee for his life. The wind Caste's time is nearly up and the Fire Caste is getting tired of waiting for their tur

Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Whatever else he may be Jon Messenger is a fabulous storyteller. I enjoyed Wind Warriors from beginning to end. Not only are there interesting characters, but the story moves quickly and is action-packed.

Xander seems like a pretty normal college student who doodles through class and is more interested in going to the spring formal than doing his homework. But everything changes the day he discovers he can control the wind. At first, he is thrilled until the day the girl he likes tries to kill h
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Jon Messenger (Born 1979 in London, England) serves as an United States Army Major in the Medical Service Corps. Since graduating from the University of Southern California in 2002, writing Science Fiction has remained his passion, a passion that has continued through multiple combat and humanitarian deployments. Jon wrote the "Brink of Distinction" trilogy, of which "Burden of Sisyphus" is the fi ...more

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“Um," Sean began. "Who is that? What is her current relationship status? Why does she seem to like you?"
"Her name is Sammy," Xander laughed. "She's a new student. We met in class."
"I want one.”
“She's a Fire Warrior."
Giovanni whistled into the night air. "Oh yeah, that makes it complicated. It's a good thing you have me for a teacher."
Xander propped himself up on an elbow. "Why? What is it you're going to teach me?"
"First thing I will teach you is how to pick a better girl.”
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