Johansen's Wind Dancer trilogy is a wonderful series, spanning generations of two families with interwined plots, with Storm Winds being the second in the series. You will be come an instant Iris fan once you read this one!
In the second part of her trilogy (which began with The Wind Dancer ) following the fortunes of the Andreas and Vasaro families, Johansen serves up a diverting romance and plot twists worthy of a mystery novel. Convent students Juliette de Clement and Catherine Vasaro feel isolated from the horrors of France's Reign of Terror until the night revolutionaries attack their ``aristocratic'' establishment, massacring nuns and students alike. The young women escape, but not unscathed: Catherine is raped, and Juliette murders one of Catherine's attackers. An enigmatic revolutionary named Francois Etchelet delivers the two young women to the Paris home of Catherine's cousin Jean Marc Andreas. Juliette, wanted for murder, barters for Jean Marc's protection: she will use her connections at court to help Jean Marc recover his family's once-prized possession, a golden statue of Pegasus last owned by the royal family and now missing. As Jean Marc and Juliette take up the hunt, they become increasingly involved with the shadowy, dangerous world of the Royalists and--of course--with each other.
good historical novel about power and possesion of wind dancer . alegendary statue. part of a series by iris johansen.
the fight for winddancer creates great passions.
Jean Marc Andreas wanted what was his by right. He was seeking justice - and he would use any means to get it. Juliette de Clement, a confidante of the royal family, could aid his search for the priceless treasure so many had killed to possess...and died to protect. But in eighteenth-century revolutionary France, a world of power and intrigue, soldiers and assassins, royalty and rebels, death could come in many forms and from any direction, and none more lethal - or more likely - than from the person you trusted most. Still, Jean and Juliette had no choice but to trust each other, because their very lives depended on it. Someone else was determined to have the Wind Dancer statue - and the legacy of power it bestowed. Someone whose twisted genius for evil was already wreaking a path of unspeakable violence that only together they could stop...even as they stood to be its next victims. (from back cover)
From back of book:
Eighteenth-century France, where cunning intellects and glittering gowns concealed treacherous hearts...where madness swept a nation and the last sound many noblemen heard was the terrible song of the guillontine's blade......
priceless treasure, confidante of the royal family, eightenth-century revolutionay France. fun!
This book is one of the first books about the Wind Dancer statue, and I thought it was good. It wasn't my favorite book of the series, but it had a good plot, and it's very well written. I enjoyed it.
She is one of my favorite Authors because there are so many twist and turns in the mystery. I found it to be an intelligent read.