Wind Warrior was my first adult romance novel and prior to reading it I was a bit nervous. Since my “specialty” is young adult novels, I didn’t know what to expect from Cynthia Roberts’ debut. What I found, however, was that Wind Warrior is a culturally rich story about love and loss.
Cynthia Roberts’ writing is descriptive, but not overly so. Through her words, she has created detailed and lively scenes, characters, and settings. Wind Warrior is told in third person, but doesn’t focus solely on Leslie. This allows readers to get inside the minds of some of the other characters, which makes for an all around engaging story.
In terms of the characters, Leslie is strong, independent, and smart. She knows how to take care of herself and doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do, not even Winnokin. I do wish, however, that her visions were explored more. Although I knew she had premonitions and a sixth-sense of sorts, I didn’t really believe that she did. I hope in the sequel, her abilities will be more of a focus. Also, Leslie displays a huge amount of character and sense of right and wrong. She rises above several situations and shows that retaliation is not always the answer, which, in my opinion, is an important lesson to learn.
Winnokin is a very dependable man and comes across as the ideal man. He loves Leslie with an intensity and passion that fuels his need to protect and provide for her. With Winnokin, his perfectness is believable and I genuinely feel that he would do virtually anything for Leslie. Ms. Roberts skillfully and wonderfully incorporated aspects of Winnokin’s culture into the story and it made the story all the more believable and engaging.
Since Wind Warrior is an adult romance novel, I knew there was going to be some sexual aspects of the story. In my opinion, none of those scenes are extremely graphic or explicit, but I would still consider them “adult”. They didn’t detract from the novel, however, and they seemed naturally placed.
Wind Warrior is available now, so please go out and buy a copy!