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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  345 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
A Fine first printing book and jacket, cover-to-cover. See scans and description. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2006. The romantic, beguiling, sensuous and artful collaboration (Joyce Grieg assisted Bantock with the art) by Nick Bantock and Edoardo Ponti, 'Windflower'. Tall Octavo, illustrated jacket exactly matching the very becoming boards; illustrated endpapers, 215 + ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by Chronicle Books (first published September 1st 2006)
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Feb 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
I think that the issue with this particular book is that everyone is constantly comparing artists' work with what they have already done. This book seems a fairy tale to me, with all the highly contrasted lightness and darkness that fairy tale implies. Comparing a fairy tale with the mystical and passionate arrangement of Griffin and Sabine seems a bit shortsighted to me. I would advise that people take Bantock's tale as the stylized affair that it is, and enjoy it with no expectations beyond wh ...more
Dec 10, 2008 marked it as to-read
I heart Nick Bantock.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I recently read a book titled Winters End, a lesser known diatonic style novel. I found that book and this one had very similar discrepancies. The writing style of Windflower was relatively good, however the story itself was extremely lack luster. This is meant to be a story of self discovery and an up taking of a responsibility greater than oneself. Instead, I read a few awkward romantic encounters and a lot of reiterating of the same points:
Ana must dance. Ana is pretty and good at dancing. An
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Teenage girls who like dance and/or gypsies
Shelves: fantasy
Having very much enjoyed the Gryphon and Sabine books, I was disappointed by how lacklustre this novel was. We are told that the protagonist, Ana, is gifted dancer and musician whose destiny is to find magnetic-line-of-the-earth dance that will force/inspire her gypsy-like people to stop living comfy settled lives and get back on the road. They don't want to be nomads, but they are descended from wandering monks who married lost orphan girls so it is all spiritual and crap for them to travel, an ...more
Shivanee Ramlochan
Excerpted from the full review:

"I was seduced, once. Part of that seduction was the gift of the incomparable Griffin and Sabine books, a multilayered, visually arresting collection of the correspondence shared by two extraordinary, magically-linked soulmates. Is it any wonder, then, that my heart skipped a beat when I spied the lushly-presented (Chronicle Books, hardcover) Windflower, nestled between two monotonous bestsellers at my local library? Since catapulting myself headfirst in love with
Sonya S
Jan 24, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sci-fi
Oh, Nick Bantock, how disappointed I was in you for this book! The one thing that really kept me going throughout was the illustration/design on the bottom of each page. Even then, Mr. Bantock, your art in the "Griffin and Sabine" series far outshines this.

Perhaps in your desire to write a coming-of-age tale, you forgot that the audience likes to find common ground with the, in this case, heroine? For indeed, I found that she was flawless, completely and utterly flawless. Removing her flaws cer
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read a lot of Nick Bantock books in high school and picked this one up last week, wondering what he'd been up to since then. I was pretty disappointed. The main appeal of his books had always been the artwork, which in this book was limited to little designs across the bottom of each page. They didn't add to the story and I basically ignored them. The story itself was underwhelming and revolved around the romantic liaisons of the main character. If I wanted to read about a girl caught in a lov ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magical, fantasy
This book, a story of a young gypsy womans search of self discovery both for herself and her Capolan people. Her Grandfather feels that she has the power to lead her nomadic people back to their traditions, (that she could be like the old tale about the dancer who heard the earths cante and guided their ancestors across the continent.). By the time Ana was born, the Capolan had become a splintered clan, fractured into small groups, slowly losing their spiritual memory, their self-respect and the ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Come on, let Nick Bantock out of the box.

No, this is not a richly illustrated Griffin and Sabine with a few lines of story on each page. Turn that on it's head. This is a novella with vague, misty illustrations simply setting the tone, and sometimes giiving glimpses of the story.

I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it's premise, the setting, the characters, the little bits of magic scattered throughout. I appreciated Ana's choice to leave her people to ultimately save them.

I have only a minor criti
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was ok
I have a rather high expectations when i first saw this book. But compared to Griffin and Sabine, reading Windflower is like reading one of Danielle Steele's (without meaning to underestimate her works, but this is not what i expected from a Nick Bantock...okay i know i'm being subjective here :)).
The story is about the journey of Ana, a young tribal dancer who ran away on her wedding day in search of Felix Bulerias, a dance "guru", hoping that he would teach her how to perform a dance that coul
Cynthia Sillitoe
Feb 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm still trying to decide what I think about this. I may have to reread it before I'm sure. I bought it because Nick Bantock's books and art often tease my muse, and this book did, but it also...was kind of two-dimensional. I wasn't crazy about the change between first and third person and the story itself...well, to be honest, it reminded me of the movie/musical parody in Seinfeld: "Rochelle, Rochelle: A Young Woman's Erotic Journey From Milan to Minsk." And I never lost sight of it being a ma ...more
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
With the same romance and drama that put the Griffin & Sabine saga on the New York Times bestseller list for over 100 weeks, Nick Bantock presents an unforgettable story of one woman's journey to self-discovery. Bantock's compelling narrative is accompanied by more than 200 masterful color collages that form a frieze throughout. Brimming with myth and intrigue, Windflower is sure to enchant Nick Bantock fans the world over.

We met Nick Bantock when he visited the Tattered Cover Bookstore in
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a-z
I found this book confusing from the start. The book is beautiful to look at, and the premise - a young woman, Ana, must leave what is familiar in order to learn an ancient dance that will set her people on the right path - was what made me take it off the shelf, but I could have easily closed this book halfway through and never looked back. The four men Ana encounters seem random, and I was confused as to why she so easily becomes involved with them. The real reason becomes clear in the final c ...more
Kimberly Ann

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do not recall who reviewed this last month, but I whole heartedly Thank-you!

I "get it"'s all there really is to life & spirituality when you follow the path Creator has set down for your soul...................

Ana is a young woman of the Capolan Tribe who has "settled" and is now about to marry Marco the landowners son. The Tribe were once connected to the greatest power element the wind, but both the Wind & the people have turned their backs on
Dec 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
Enjoyable, like most of his novels. Yet, kind of like The Venetian's Wife, something just fell flat at the end. Nick Bantock is an artist and storyteller first and a writer third. I just wish his editors had pushed him more...and I have NO earthly idea why there were no original illustrations for the book as usual. It doesn't exactly need visuals like his other stories do (being hinged on the visuals), but the Photoshopped /recycled designs seemed like a cop-out--they were a bit too sparse and r ...more
MaryAnn Hopping
Sep 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Written by Nick Bantock, one of my favorite authors. I think this was his first book after the Griffin and Sabine series and is not as well done as that series or his later works. One of the great things about his books is the treatment of a book as art. The pages here are thick with artwork along the bottom. With all of his books the time and place is absent - it is its own world. The story here is a girl realizing her destiny/coming of age. Its a quick read and good for a little light reading ...more
Darya Conmigo
Jun 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, contemporary
Okay, this is not a typical Bantock book because, unlike in his other novels, images played only a complimentary role. I didn't mind this, since the story still started and unfolded in a very Bantockian manner. However, the ending was what really confused me. I'm not sure I was expecting the book to end in a moral lesson.

I just received my last two books of the Griffin and Sabine series, and I am now very hesitant to read them. I really hope they end in a different way.
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Though not the usual Nick Bantock fare, this book is about an enchanting woman, whose yearning to free her people from 'modern captivity' results in her finding her own rhythm, and proving her own strength against far 'stronger' winds. Fairy tale-like, this is a story about a woman's redemption and an affirmation of the fact that every woman has unbridled strength inside her, so much strength to rival that of the gods.
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Lynn by: Book Club
This book left me wondering if a few pages had been skipped over in editing. It seemed to jump quite a bit. I felt the ending was a little odd as well, I kept trying see if there was another page stuck to the last one. Definately won't read again, and I don't think I would recommend it to anyone else...unless I didn't like them.
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
It started out promising, but I quickly became annoyed with the seemingly clueless Ana and the many men in her life. I would have given the book three stars, but the ending pretty much ruined it for me. I would sum it all up as pretty cover, but nothing really worth reading on the inside.
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Considering Bantock's strength has always been his amazing artwork, I was disappointed to realize this book didn't use his illustrations to improve on the storytelling.

And I still have no idea why the author chose to alternate between 1st and 3rd person narration.
Sara Smith
Aug 08, 2007 rated it liked it
a decent novel - I knew it was going to be fantasy, but It wasn't quite what I expected - I thought it might be interesting since it was by Nick Bantock - author of the Griffin and Sabine series - it was a very quick read, but got a bit cliche at the end...
Shell Bailey
Sep 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own, art
First full-length novel of his that I have read. Sucks you in with the realism and then makes you remember that it’s not all you see. :) I have to re-read it, if only to take the time to study the paintings at the bottom of each page.
Charlotte Wiebe
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Charlotte by: Book Club
I can't decide why I don't love this book or hate this book. Nice short book and pretty pages is all I have. I probably would never get rid of this book because it is so pretty. Although I have no idea what the pictures have to do with the story.
Jul 01, 2007 marked it as to-read
This was a Christmas gift from my parents; I'm looking forward to reading it (someday...?) though it doesn't seem quite in the vein of the rest of his work - it's longer, and contains little artwork, no major collages. We'll see, hm?
Christina Bouwens
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow - feministic and mythic. Starts out somewhat rough, but a remarkable first novel. Elements of the earth come together to propel the hero's journey of the main character. If you're a Bantock fan, a must-read.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
A fun fable read. Perfect summer book for those of us who love parables about the elements - in this case the north, south, east and west winds and the beautiful gypsy who dances the duende of them all in the service of her peoples' freedom. Aaaahhh. Quite satisfactory.
I came across this while shelving at work and having read a few of Nick Bantock's books before, immediately snatched it up. The story was wonderful, and I loved the illustrations at the bottom of each page. A slightly mystical story, but the writing style fit in superbly.
Holly C
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Not as good as his other books, but had a plot that kept me interested

Oct 31, 2008 rated it liked it
An interesting story. A girl belonging to a nomadic tribe of who knows where, leaves her people to learn how she can help her people through the help of the 4 winds. It was O.K.
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Nick was schooled in England and has a BA in Fine Art (painting). He has authored 25 books, 11 of which have appeared on the best seller lists, including 3 books on the New York Times top ten at one time. ‘Griffin and Sabine’ stayed on that list for over two years. His works have been translated into 13 languages and over 5 million have been sold worldwide. Once named by the classic SF magazine We ...more
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