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 ...more
I usually prefer good villains to heroes in my adventure books and this one is no exception! I'm already a b ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
THE SEA BOWS BEFORE THE WIND,
THE WIND FEEDS THE FLAME,
THE FLAME BURNS THE WORLD OF MAN DOWN TO THE EARTH.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Xander falls for ...more
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 ...more
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." ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*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...more
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 ...more
Other books in the series
"Her name is Sammy," Xander laughed. "She's a new student. We met in class."
"I want one.”
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.”