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The Ninth Wind

(Splendor and Ruin #1)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  11 reviews
"In THE NINTH WIND, Moses Siregar takes readers to a fascinating new world where politics, magic, and adventure mingle in exciting and profound ways. If you like fantasy, you'll love this!" --NYT Bestseller David Farland


The Ancestors whisper of rebellion, their breath a cold blue wind in the forests and hills of Andars. The Rezzian
Kindle Edition, 455 pages
Published May 18th 2015 by Cup of Gold
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Timothy Ward
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
#9 - Top Ten Reads of 2015 at

The Ninth Wind by Moses Siregar III is the first book in his new trilogy, Splendor and Ruin. His first novel, The Black God’s War, is a prelude set in the same world, but isn’t required reading before starting with The Ninth Wind.

*Disclaimer: Moses is a dear friend. I don’t often mention that in reviews since I love so many of you authors, but someone asked if I could review him without bias because of our friendship. Let me take this moment to share
Moses Siregar III
May 20, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I did it again. :-)
Kenny Soward
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it

Very happy to give this book a solid 4+ stars. A little long, but charged with great world building and philosophical weaving that will make an impression on you for days after you are done.

As some other reviewers noted, it's quite apparent the author has spent a great deal of time building this rich world. The Andars, a place of forests, mountains, and magic, where various types of trees are conduits to specific powers. The relationship of the volwa (a kind of witch) to the
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book can best be described as a labour of love. You feel it, reading it. A lot of time, thought and emotion has gone into it. The characters and cultures are diverse, complex and well-presented, the language lyrical.

There is a lot of philosophical discourse in this book, musings on fate, the will of the gods, human choice and responsibilities, all of which makes the book a pleasure to read, but not one that a reader can whizz through. It is best savoured slowly, with thought given to the
Jason Heartisan
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a gem. If you enjoy fantasy adventure, it will satisfy your craving and provide more than you can dream of. The characters are wonderfully developed with perspectives from all angles of the arena. What I love the most about this book is that there is no two dimensional good against evil, but more of the real life grey area which shows everyone just trying to do his/her best from his/her perspective of life and the world. I eagerly await book two in the series.
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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I really digged this book. The plot, world building and characters were all solid and original. Mose Siregar has really come into his own since releasing the prelude to this book, "The Black God's War" way back when, and it comes across in this book. She reads smooth and easy.

The plot revolves around 3 siblings, whose lives are destroyed by a callus and oppressive neighboring Empire. Skye, Dag and Idonea are forced to rely on each other in their quest for
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the prequel "The Black God's War" and I am very happy to say that "The Ninth Wind" is even better, really amazing.
It has all the elements I like in epic and it is wonderfully written as well.
We have a clash of nations and different cultures set in a rich world, which is not the usual medieval setting of many fantasy series.
Here we have something of ancient Greece with its polytheism, some ancient Asia with no gods but sages which seem to me a mix of Buddhism and Shaolin, and something
Ava Read
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Wonderful Read

I was blown away by the first book The Black God's War and this follow up did not disappoint.
Moses Siregar has shown himself to be a master at world creation with his original medieval \fantasy setting, a world influenced heavily by religious views and deities constructed from Nordic, Pantheonic, African and Middle Eastern legends.
In this world the author spins an action packed, fast paced and emotionally charged story of the terrible price paid when we battle for supremacy of
Karl Muller
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Siregar's trilogy really gets moving with this book (after the prelude "The Black God's War").

This book uses the "travelogue" approach, sending the main characters on a journey that hits all the neighboring lands that will certainly play larger parts in the rest of the series*. It was bittersweet for me, because while it was great to see the characters I liked from BGW, we didn't get to spend nearly enough time with them. Of course, this isn't their story (at least not yet), so it's
A.F. Grappin
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I formed a love/hate relationship with The Ninth Wind pretty early on. I adore Siregar's world from my reading of The Black God's War. It's so refreshingly different from the bulk of fantasy that I've read, but there are still hints of cultures from our world that I enjoy finding. Some of the characters from TBGW are in this book, although in secondary or even tertiary roles, and they're still themselves, although changed by the events of the previous books. My favorite character from TBGW is ...more
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Ninth Wind is a rich tapestry of conflict between nations. A small group set out on a journey to try and stave off an attack on their land, Andars, and also to find out the fate of a beloved father. The group is led by siblings Skye, Dag and Idonea - a 'witch' who harnesses the magic of sacred trees. Their journey leads them into peril and promises and revelations and finally to a confrontation that takes everyone by surprise.
This is a wonderfully written story, full of great characters,
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