October 01, 2011

Review: Wildwing by Emily Whitman

Hardcover 359 pages
Published September 21, 2010 by Greenwillow Books

When Addy is swept back in time, she couldn't be happier to leave her miserable life behind. Now she's mistaken for Lady Matilda, the pampered ward of the king. If Addy can play her part, she'll have glorious gowns, jewels, and something she's always longed for—the respect and admiration of others. But then she meets Will, the falconer's son with sky blue eyes, who unsettles all her plans.
From shipwrecks to castle dungeons, from betrothals to hidden conspiracies, Addy finds herself in a world where she's not the only one with a dangerous secret. When she discovers the truth, Addy must take matters into her own hands. The stakes? Her chance at true love . . . and the life she's meant to live.

I’m not typically a fan of historical fiction. In my experience, the language used often feels forced. I find it distracting and it rarely manages to hold my attention in the long run.

Occasionally there are exceptions to this, and Wildwing was one of those occasions. I will admit, I went in with the “Oyy, historical fiction :/” mindset, but within a few chapters, I had completely forgotten why I was so apprehensive.

Wildwing takes place in two different time periods, neither of which is now. There are distinct differences in the two, but Whitman manages to create them both without making the differences so obvious that they are distracting.

I think Addy is a great protagonist. She was tough, while still holding onto the innocence that comes with her age. The other characters, particularly those Addy gets close to, were also fascinating and well written.
Wildwing is a romance. I almost have to keep reminding myself of this, because while the love story was absolutely adorable, for me personally, it didn’t take center stage. Addy’s personal growth plays a major role in the story, and it was definitely something I enjoyed seeing.

With her seamless writing, Whitman has created a place in history that has a modern edge to it, making it much more enjoyable for me to read.  If you’re someone who has a difficult time getting into historical fiction, I would recommend giving Wildwing a shot.

4/5 Stars


  1. I don't often dive in historical fiction either but this doesn't sound too bad. I love the cover and the premise sounds interesting. Great review.

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  2. I've had a copy of this for a while, but haven't gotten to it yet. Your review renewed my interest in reading it and it's been moved up in my pile :-). Thanks!

  3. Sounds like something I might like to read.


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