Elitist Reviews takes on Winds
Elitist reviews just posted their thoughts on Winds. They had some very nice things to say, along with a couple of issues.
Here's a short excerpt from the full review:
One of the main elements of this novel that really had us nodding in appreciation was the setting. The use of an archipelago for the country/kingdom felt fresh. Beaulieu focuses on one main area, while still giving subtle nods to a much larger world. The use of airships in this novel was very well done, and felt completely natural. Mainly though, it was the inclusion of two distinct cultures that was fantastic. The characterNikandr Khalakovo and his betrothed Atiana Vostroma are very Russian, from traditions to language, to dress. It comes across smoothly and effortlessly. The other main culture is the nomadic Aramahn who feel extremely Middle Eastern influenced—perhaps Turkish or Persian. What is impressive is how these two wildly different cultures can coexist in this novel and feel natural together.
Overall I'm pleased. In your heart you want everyone to love your work unreservedly, but given that that's impossible, I'm glad that Steve enjoyed the read overall.
I'll say this, too. Some authors totally avoid reviews because they think it will be too difficult or that it will affect their writing. I'm not this way. I've waited so long to get this book out there, my first book, that I'm going to see what folks think about it. And if they have some negative things, they hurt, but I'm not going to shy away from them. I'll internalize what I think needs to be internalized and essentially "take it under advisement" for future works. So in this respect I think reviews can be healthy. After all, personal reading tastes and preferences aside, these guys read a lot, and they have some good insight to pass along.