The Wind Maiden

Rated 5.00/5 based on 7 reviews
Thea loves to run. It's her - and her family's - ticket off her war-torn home planet. After the war hits home, though, the 17-year-old finds herself running not for ribbons but for her life and the survival of her planet. As she tries to escape her destiny - that she might actually be the legendary Wind Maiden - she realizes that no matter how fast you are, some things you can't outrun. More

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Words: 117,940
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301921621
About Dan Klinefelter

Dan discovered his love for words at a young age, a love rarely reflected in his report cards. Today, he works as a paramedic, and in the past has been everything from a radio DJ, a newspaper reporter, and an ordained minister. He lives in Steger, IL with his wife, Kristy, his youngest son, and a menagerie of critters to make Noah proud. He spends most of his free time writing, and sometimes that even includes putting something on paper. This is his first novel.

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Review by: TheReaderLady on Jan. 25, 2014 :
Okay, so Dan Klinefelter just went on my list of must read, don't-even-need-to-read-the-back-cover authors. It only took me about three days to get through The Wind Maiden, and this is almost a 400 page novel-I had a really hard time putting it down. This story goes deep but rolls along at a fast pace-lots of action and adventure here.

The world building in very nicely done-descriptive and engaging and varied, from war zones/neighborhoods and cities to the mountains and caves and the ocean, Klinefelter creates a world that is different enough to be exciting and familiar enough to feel authentic and real. Also, I loved the whole legend behind the wind maiden.

So, without giving away too much-Thea is a seventeen year old girl living on a planet that is a hot mess-literally, her home planet is at war with a galaxy wide force called the Supremacy and they're bent on taking over. In many ways they already have, since most of Thea's fellow citizens-herself included, at first-kind of just accept the way things are and try to live a normal life with work, sports, friendships and so on. Thea and her family, really every character in this book, felt easy to relate to and like(and often times champion) and many practically jumped off the page. I love how Thea grows and changes throughout the book, especially without becoming jaded.


As the blurb states, Thea ends up getting kidnapped by opposition forces one night when she's out for a swim because her shower wasn't working. From there, she embarks on a whirlwind journey that is filled with both challenges and blessings. I really don't want to give too much away, but this is a must read for anyone who enjoys science fiction, fantasy, or YA (even if you don't normally read YA with a lot of science fiction or fantasy elements, heck even if you don't normally read YA, I would say give this a try.)

It's one of those novels that is almost cross genre because yes the main character is 17, but I think this appeals to a much wider audience, almost in the way that works like The Golden Compass or The Hunger Games have that ageless quality, if that makes sense. This is just a flat out awesome, unique story and beautifully written. My only problem is how I'm going to wait for the next book in this series. Highly recommended.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Juanita Jordan on Aug. 15, 2013 :
Great book, very detailed on characters and places. When I first started reading, I did question is this the book for me? After the first couple chapters I became part if the book and the characters came to life. Doesn't matter how different people or places are, bonds can be made. I see so much hard work an dedication was put into the making. I am looking forward to the sequel!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Juanita Jordan on Aug. 15, 2013 : (no rating)
Great book, very detailed on characters and places. When I first started reading, I did question is this the book for me? After the first couple chapters I became part if the book and the characters came to life. Doesn't matter how different people or places are, bonds can be made. I see so much hard work an dedication was put into the making. I am looking forward to the sequel!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Frank Pepin on May 27, 2013 :
This story held my attention from the first chapter. Mr. Klinefelter's ability to draw the audience in is nothing short of professional. When I first read the material, I was engrossed! I literally read the entire book in 8 hours of time, and at the end I wanted more. Mr. Klinefelter has constructed a science fiction myth of an alien world where the characters are mulyi-dimensional and develop during the course of the story- which by the way is full of more action and intrigue than you can shake a stick at. There was one slightly slow segment in the middl eof the story, but just keep running! It's short, and the reward is the rest of a beautifully crafted, highly entertaining masterwork.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Podenski on May 20, 2013 :
I watched this book come to life. what a wonderful exciting book. It's one of those books you can read over and over and discover something differdifferent every time. Great job Dan!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Michael Kaye on May 15, 2013 :
I really liked this book. I felt for the main character and rooted for her. I liked the different alien races, too. Good reading.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kristy Klinefelter on May 14, 2013 :
The Characters wiggled their way into my heart. Thea is a great example of strength to over come and not give up. I was able to play the movie in my head and found myself wanting to interact myself with the characters. Kind of like screaming at the television "Don't open the door, It's a trap!" I am fascinated with the story line and would love to read a sequel!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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