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The North Wind

(The Four Winds #1)

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,182 ratings  ·  597 reviews
Lush. Dark. Romantic. Introducing a newly reimagined tale written in the vein of Beauty and the Beast and Hades and Persephone.

Long before civilization, there were the gods. And before the gods, there was the earth, the celestial bodies, and air given flesh. They are the Anemoi—the Four Winds—and they have been banished to the four corners of the world.

Wren of Edgewood is
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Kindle Edition, 585 pages
Published January 13th 2022 by Andromeda Press
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Melissa It's a Standalone, so no. Not sure where the rest of the series will go but it won't continue with the same characters from the first book.…moreIt's a Standalone, so no. Not sure where the rest of the series will go but it won't continue with the same characters from the first book.(less)

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Lucie V.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley (thank you Andromeda Press). All thoughts and opinions are my own.

✅ “There is only one bed” trope
✅ Hate to love / captor-captive relationship
✅ Arranged/forced marriage
✅ Slow burn / some smut
✅ World-building
✅ Dark atmosphere
✅ Beauty & the Beast retelling with hints of Hades & Persephone (more Hades than Persephone though... Wren is not very Persephone-y)
✅🆗 Pace
❗️❗️ Trigger warnings: Alcoholism

I came here expecting to die. But I have never bee
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Chelsea Humphrey
Big fan of the Beauty and the Beast meets Hades and Persephone vibes this has going on.

Chelsea
Dec 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every second of this book. It’s described as beauty and the beast meets Hades and Persephone, so hello, I needed it. I consider it ACOTAR meets Uprooted. So all the Beaty and the beast/Hades and Persephone vibes of Feyre and Rhys but just a tad more fantasy. Our basic plot is very similar to the beginning of Uprooted, small village where a woman gets stolen by The North Wind, aka sexy winter god, to be taken back to his kingdom and helps keep the land safe at its borders. Wren is one of ...more
✩ Yaz ✩
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May his death be a symbol. Death to my grief. Death to my torment. Death to power. Death to the dark water that has closed over my head.

The North Wind is a New Adult Fantasy Romance and what I would call a reminiscent of Hades and Persephone and Beauty and the Beast.

It's enriched with Greek-myth inspired lore and transports you to a new dark fantastical world.

Wren of Edgewood had lost her parents as a child to the cruel winter and was left to take care of her twin sister Elora. Wren
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greadyreads
Jan 16, 2022 rated it it was ok
Very slow burn with moderate spice way later on in the book (around the 74% mark)

This was just okay for me, I found I was really slow to read this as I didn’t find it that exciting. I think this slow burn was a bit too slow for me.

Any mention of wind makes me think of farts and I know that is completely my own problem with my brain but that kinda took me out of the story.

This book feels like it needs more refinement. The characters are fairly interesting but the execution was just lacking for
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Shannara
Apr 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve got to say I absolutely loved this read!!!! I’m a huge fan of the enemies to lovers trope, especially when it’s “Beauty and the Beast”-esq. like the heat in this book is soooooo yummy!!!! Wren and Boreas make such a dynamic duo!!! I should warn you now, there will be some mild spoilers in my review. Nothing major, but more like hints.

From the moment I started reading this one, I was totally hooked. The thought of the North Wind god was just juicy and got my mind cranking! Then throw in a s
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Zy
Jan 19, 2022 rated it it was ok
Not sure why it got so much good reviews

This book is full of stupid decisions after stupid decisions and it’s by our selfish, narcissistic, disrespectful, ignorant main female character! She not only almost gets everyone killed, but she blames “The North Wind” for her inability to control herself. The girl is beyond dense.

Every time she made a dumb decision, she blamed someone else for the boneheaded decision SHE made on her own. Talk about playing the victim. 🙄

I almost stopped reading at lea
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TimetoFangirl
"Why should she worry when I am here to protect her? But even I cannot stand before a god and win."

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I often have a hard time assigning star ratings to books, as I try to balance out things I did and didn't like personally with the objective merit of the text and that can be a tricky line to walk.

Luckily, Alexandria Warwick decided to make my life easy because this was a solid three-star read. I liked it even though there were aspec
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bookish.rachel
Dec 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, arcs
Thank you to Netgalley and Andromeda Press for providing me with an e-arc of this book.
My opinions are my own.


This is what I would call perfection in a new adult fantasy romance.

If you enjoy beauty and the beast retellings, add this to your TBR immediately!

Synopsis:
It is time for the Frost King to choose a bride, and Wren must do the unthinkable to save her sister. She is taken to the Deadlands where she is forced to help keep the barrier from collapsing. Will she let this destroy her or wil
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 Devi (nyktos' version)♡
The North Wind may be a god, but I will not break. If nothing else, I have my pride.


✅Slow-burn
✅Romance
✅World-Building
✅Action
✅Characters
✅Plot
✅🆗Pace

✔Beauty and The Beast retelling
✔Mythology
✔One-bed trope
✔Enemies-to-lovers
✔Forced Marriage

Trigger Warning: Alcohol addiction, violence, and mature content

Taken in place of her sister, Wren is forced to marry the North Wind, the Frost King Boreas. She's willing to do anything for her sister and end the horrible winter- even if that means killing her husb
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Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️
Mar 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, kui
Oh Yes, Beauty and The Beast retelling was mentioned, and I had to read it. But it was the fascinating character of Wren that had me hooked into the story. Wren is prickly, stubborn, obstinate to the point of rudeness but with all her flaws one can’t help but love her for what she is.

The word building in this high fantasy novel is impressive but maybe it’s me I couldn’t completely form a picture in my head about how the Shade and the surrounding areas are laid out. The relationship between Bore
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Sarah
May 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
alexandria warwick POPPED OFF with this 😭🥲 i am such a sucker for beauty and the beast retellings (as it was my favorite movie as a child).

wren, our mc, is probably one of the best book characters i’ve read in a while! i could easily connect with her. she’s frustratingly stubborn (i really wanted to slap her upside the head at some points) and broken, but she is so loyal & would do anything for the people she loves. including her sister (which i actually hated, sorry). when the north wind comes
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Brinley
I'll admit to having high expectations for this one. I heard enemies to lovers Hades and Persephone retelling, and requested it immediately. I knew it would be good. I just didn't know it would be this good. Because this book dragged me in and wouldn't let me go. It was addicting.

It's so hard to choose a favorite thing about this one, but mine might be our main character, Wren. She wasn't nice. She wasn't kind. She wasn't apologetic. She was rough. She was difficult. She was headstrong. She was
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Book Devourer
The main character was unlikeable, and even after she makes significant strides towards self-improvement, remains unlikeable.
Taylor
Jan 23, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
*cups hands to mouth* "Booooooooorrrrrrring!" This book is so freaking boring. I DNF'ed like 5% in. It starts off just like ACOTAR. I mean EXACTLY like ACOTAR. I seriously went back and reread the blurb, thinking "Is this actually like ACOTAR fanfic and I didn't know?" It says a Beauty and the Beast/Hades and Persephone retelling, so basically, yes. It's ACOTAR all over again. But I liked Feyre better.
I can't stand Wren or heroines like her. "I've killed men, I've stolen, I've sold my body, I h
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Laurens.Little.Library
The North Wind is a dark take on classic Disney-style storytelling. Where the author takes inspiration from is abundantly clear, however, I'm not sure if that is necessarily a good thing as it invites direct comparison.

Take for example the opening of the novel; I felt like I was reading a funhouse-mirror version of A Court of Thorns and Roses. We have a female main character who is a huntress and the sole provider for her family. And a gruff enemy male of power and wealth who sweeps into town wi
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Sarah
Nov 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Thank you Alexandria Warwick and Andromeda Press for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book! I had high expectations and yet, this book exceeded them. I am so happy to have read this. Definitely one of my favorite books of the year!

This book is all that you could wish for. A heart-racing, brain-wracking, nerve-tweaking story with multiple cliffhangers and lush, dark romance that would keep you up for hours on time. The characters have all but taken my heart. You can really see t
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Amanda Hupe
Dec 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2021-reads
Thank you, NetGalley, Alexandria Warwick, and Andromeda Press for the opportunity to read this book! It releases January 13th, 2022.

The North Wind by Alexandra Warwick is one of those books that I randomly discovered on NetGalley. I saw the cover and I was sold. It is always a hit or miss when requesting books based on the cover. Well, I am happy to report that it was a hit. Wren is from Edgewood where she lives with her twin, Elora. Where Elora is graceful and beautiful, Wren is stubborn and sc
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Hope
Nov 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Actual rating: 4.50 rounded up to 5 🌟
**Thank you Netgalley and Xpresso reads for this ARC. 🖤
I'm utterly blown away by how much I've enjoyed this!
I mean what's not to like?
"Slow burn" Amazing "enemies to lovers" phenomenal. "Arranged marriage" tope tire. "Knife to the throat" couldn't get better.

The North Wind was emotionally gripping. It has plot wise cought my attention since page one. I'm very intrigued about the rest of winds to say the least, even Zephyrus, especially him.
He'd be bff wit
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Julie
Feb 04, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Budget ACOTAR.
Marquise
May 10, 2022 marked it as sampled-and-declined
The concept is attractive, but the execution made this not for me. Can't get into the story no matter how much I try. ...more
Leah
It's easy to tell this book/series will be the next favourite because it ticks out all the necessary boxes for that but I couldn't get myself to like it. And I tried, really tried.

The majority of it felt like reading ACOTAR all over again and it wasn't just the fact both are supposed to be following the Beauty and the Beast plot. The setting, the main idea, the conflict and characters, all were way too much alike for my taste and probably that was where my interest started to dwindle and by the
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April Neese
Feb 26, 2022 rated it it was ok
This book had a lot of promise. There was some real good stuff here:
-possible villain love interest
-strong female MC who was funny at times
-some decent banter
-no info dumping, and some decent action

But it also had A LOT of bad stuff:
-MCs are rarely together
-world building was just not there, lots of questions left unanswered
-confusing scenes, needed some good content editing
-slow burn, but with whiplash resolution
-didn’t really understand the decisions the characters made in certain parts- li
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The North Wind by @alexandriawarwick

I LOVED this book! Beauty and the Beast meets Hades and Persephone 😍

Once every few decades the God of Winter travels to the nearby villages in search of a young woman to help strengthen the barrier between the living and the dead. The villagers never see these women again so they basically assume they are being sacrificed.

The main character finds out quickly that this is far from the truth… and the God of Winter may not be as bad as e
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Marta Cox
Now this is how you write an exciting, slow burn fantasy romance with characters that are vividly brought to life. I can see that there's slight homages here to Beauty and the Beast, even a teeny bit maybe of Hades and Persephone but believe me this story is original and very well told.
I loved how feisty and downright annoying Wren can be ! I adored the slow burn romance as these most decidedly enemies grew to know, respect and yes grudgingly love each other. Perhaps a little overlong in places
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Cidney Mayes
*Thank you to NetGalley and Xpresso Book Tours for an advanced copy of this title*

Fans of Beauty and the Beast retellings and the myth of Hades and Persephone will enjoy this standalone, enemies-to-lovers fantasy.

Wren lives in a small village plagued by never-ending winter and vicious beasts called darkwalkers. Surrounding the lands of the Gray is a magical barrier called the Shade, which protects the village from the immortal Deadlands, ruled by a cruel god called the North Wind. On top of hav
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Rachael
Wow. I’m a huge fan of Hades & Persephone, and Beauty & the Beast retellings in general, but this was such a richly profound story that I kept forgetting it was inspired by those well known favorites. Definitely one of the best slow burn, enemies to lovers, fantasy romances I’ve read. Full of beautiful imagery & great world building. It’s impossible not to immediately love Wren the strong, sarcastic, stabby heroine from the first page. Alexandria Warwick also did a fantastic job writing the frig ...more
Sydney
Mar 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
The North Wind is a beautiful mix of Beauty and the Beast and Hades/Persephone (add some ACOTAR in there too)! I really loved this one, especially the character development and well-written chemistry. There was some predictability, but also a few twists and it was such an entertaining and captivating read. The beginning definitely reminded me heavily of ACOTAR, but the book became its own story and kept my attention throughout. This is the book that got me out of a long reading slump an
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Emily
Nov 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE BEST FANTASY ROMANCE I HAVE EVER READ. and I do not say that lightly esp as someone who reads loads of fantasy romance

gonna get my thoughts together for a better review lol as well as make some tiktoks so stay tuned besties
Pasqua_reads
Mar 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this slow burn fantasy romance.

This was my first read by Alexandria Warwick and I can honestly say I’m a huge fan. It’s is so difficult to find an amazing standalone fantasy romance but this one delivers on all fronts. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and romance! This is a loose beauty and the beast / Hades and Persephone retelling.

World building: 4/5
The world building is really well done, just enough to have you fully immersed. I would say that because th
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