“I can touch you less gently, but I won’t love you less kindly.”
Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review for the third book in the Simon Snow trilogy. This book was a fun, sweet story about our characters trying to figure out how to live normal, wizardly lives after all the drama they experienced in the previous books.
The review below is non-spoilery, but it will contain some spoilers from the previous two books!
Title: Any Way the Wind Blows
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: New Adult Low Fantasy
After saving the day twice, Simon, Baz, Penny, and Agatha return to London and try to discover how to move forward. How should their shape their lives and their futures? What is happening within the world of mages- and consider if that’s even where they belong.
This book was so cute! I loved how character driven the story was! The last book, Wayward Son, was exciting, and still funny, but it didn’t focus on their relationships very much. This story was all about that as Simon and Baz try to figure each other out and make the best of the situation. We also got to see Penelope falling for Shepherd and their relationship as they try to figure out his curse- which was a lot of fun! Finally, Agatha starts to make a life for herself and find happiness as well!!
I feel like this book was really the culmination of all these characters’ stories. They all really grew and you could see them kind of settle in to their real lives. It felt like Carry On was the big event that happened, and then Wayward Son was their midlife crisis when they worried about what to do next, and then Any Way the Wind Blows was when the plot actually resolves and the characters really figure out who they all are.
I love the subplot about the chosen ones and then Shepherd’s curse was very exciting and dramatic- oh and I adored the goats of Watford. I enjoyed that there was some conflict but mainly this was a character based story and I love getting to see our characters really settle into their futures and into their lives.
Overall I loved this book! I liked the balance between character relationships and the plot with the mages. I recommend this book for people looking for queer books full of magic, sweet friendships, and witty dialogue.
Have you read this book? Did you enjoy it? I did like this one more than Wayward Son, but I’m not sure about Carry On because I did really love that book too!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this book or other stories you’re reading!
Be safe, Stay strong, and Change the world!! ❤️🏳️🌈✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻🏳️🌈❤️
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