Taken by the South Wind

The WindKeepers, #2

This compilation contained five novellas in the Windkeeper series. Each story is being reviewed separately and the overall book is getting a star rating.

Before the first book begins there is a short prologue called “Legend of the Windkeepers” that gives the reader the background information required before they begin reading the series.

In order to successfully review the series I felt I should also clue the readers in on the premise.

The vices of greed, lust, anger, and pride were assigned to the cardinal winds for safe keeping. Typhon wanted them free to plague the world so he created the Venti Tempesta- the tempest winds: evil, violent demon winds to infect the world with vices. The Gods assigned four human brothers to the cardinal winds, to give the wind form and to fight the Venit Temesta. But, the Windkeepers are susceptible to the call of the vices. So, the Aurae were created, women who were keepers of the seasonal breezes and were able to calm greed, lust, pride and anger. The winds are trapped in the bodies of horses and all is calm. The Venti Tempesta bode their time and the Aurea died out. But now the winds have escaped and a new battle has begun:

Book 2: Taken by the South Wind

Here we meet Dante. With the Venti Tempesta now freed Dante is struggling with Pride. The other 3 Windkeepers will also have to battle their own particular temptation and use their own unique skill to fight it.

For Dante it is finding Africus and killing his human form. Heading to Italy he encounters Samia, a dangerous assassin who intends to kill him. Told by the elders that Dante and the other keepers are dangerous and killed innocents, Samia's job is to remove the threat and that means killing Dante. But, soon she begins to question all that she had learned about Dante. He is also fighting the darkness. When Dante finally encounters Africus, Samia finds herself inexplicably helping Dante fight the fierce wind.

As with the first book, the chemistry between Dante and Samia is evident from the start. Samia compliments Dante and together they make a really good team. Samia will learn something about herself that gives her the power to fight away the vice of Pride and this gives Dante a chance to know love for the first time. This story also reveals that the forgotten Aureae still exist. While this is a steamy romance, there is a lot more action in this installment. I thought the story was interesting and nearly as good at the first story. 3.5 Stars

THE SERIES AS A WHOLE:

All of the stories are very short, under a hundred pages in length, so the character development was rushed. We didn't get a lot of insight into who the brothers were outside their battle with the vice that would make them weak. All the stories are steamy hot but not Erotica (in my opinion). I have said this before, but I believe it could be harder to write short stories than full length novels when it comes to packing so much into such a small space. So, there were a couple of the stories that I just really enjoyed and others that didn't reach as high.

I do recommend you read the stories in order, though not necessary. While a couple of these books were really strong, for the most part the series falls into a mid- range area. I 'm giving it a 3.5 rating as a whole.


Book Blurb for Taken by the South Wind

The deadly Tempest Winds have escaped. Now, four brothers gifted with the power of the winds must recapture the Venti Tempesta before they can unleash their evil on the world...

WindKeeper Dante Venti, Keeper of the South Wind, is in Rome on a mission to entrap the Southwest wind and its holder before it can infect humanity with the vice of pride. Dante already feels pride seducing him...but the real temptation is alluring assassin Samia Hassan.

Samia has been sent to kill Dante, but her body is irresistibly drawn to him, his power and presence enveloping her. And if she's not careful, she will be entrapped by Dante, body and soul...


Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2014 3.50