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After Visiting His Family In England, Felix Is On His Way Back To Spain When He S Shipwrecked Off The Coast Of France He Is Taken In By Monks To Recover From His Ordeal But It Soon Becomes Clear To Him That He Is Actually Being Held Prisoner Felix Encounters An Injured Boy, Juan, On The Grounds Of The Monastery And Saves Him From Death The Two Boys Escape And Continue On To Spain Together But A Gang Is Pursuing Juan, And The Journey Is Dangerous Than They Imagined

10 thoughts on “Bridle the Wind

  1. says:

    In the chaotic years that are the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars young Felix Brooke is journeying from England to his home in Galicia in Spain when he is shipwrecked off the Basque coast of France, thus precipitating the strange sequence of events in this novel He convalesces at the fictional Abbey of St Just de Seignanx, on the French coast near Bayonne very much like Mont St Michel in France or St Michael s Mount in Cornwall but finds that due to a form of amnesia partly brought on by a supernatural happening he has lost three months of his life Rescuing Juan, a youngster his own age, from hanging, he helps them both escape the terrifying Abbot Father Vespasian by trekking east before crossing the Pyrenees on their way to hoped for freedom in Spain But, not unexpectedly, things don t go to plan as they are haunted by the memory of the Abbot and chased by a group of brigands As always with Joan Aiken there is a comforting depth of assurance in her handling of people, places and plotting Her evocation of the early nineteenth century Basque country feels very realistic, both through historic details such as costume and language as well as through geography it s possible to follow most of the two youngsters journey on modern maps having done family walks on the French side of the Pyrenees and gone skiing on the Spanish side, I loved being reminded of the wild, picturesque and still very Romantic scenery typical of these mountains Aiken also conjures up an authentic sense of the supernatural, from folk charms to Felix s sense of Fate, from Gothick descriptions of landscape to physical portrayals of their pursuers who uncannily appear when least expected.Into all of this she weaves sheer poetry, from short epigrams through snatches of ballads to epic prose, as the two fugitives traverse the singular terrain of the Atlantic Pyrenees This is magic realism of a distinct quality, all the effective for being aimed without condescension at a young adult audience Aiken doesn t minimise the existence of cruelty and death in her world, but she does so without gratuitous violence or crudity.The middle tale of a trilogy featuring Felix Brooke Go Saddle the Sea was the first of the three , Bridle the Wind also introduces us to the intriguing figure of Juan, whose secret we discover in the closing pages of the novel Having invested so much in the latter, we are to hope that we will meet Juan again in the final part, The Teeth of the Gale That this is virtually certain to be the case is suggested by Aiken s elder brother John being the dedicatee Juan is of course the Spanish form of John, while Joan is the female version of the same name Investing your fiction with aspects of your personal life and experiences is often a guarantee of commitment to your creations and, as here, inspires confidence in your readers that behind the fiction lie authentic emotions.The Puffin edition has the wonderful line drawings of Pat Marriott which add hugely to the atmosphere of the books The illustrations reminded me somewhat of the equally wonderful Edward Ardizzone but though it s been claimed that American artist Edward Gorey illustrated early Joan Aiken books as Pat Marriott , the truth of the matter is that Pat Marriott did indeed produce the pictures credited to her she died in 2002, two years before Aiken while Gorey illustrated many of the US editions of Aiken s Wolves books I am indebted to Ann Giles, aka as Bookwitch, for putting me right on this I would strongly recommend searching out illustrated editions of these works because, as a certain young lady said, what is the use of a book without pictures But, at the very least, seek out these new editions.http wp.me s2oNj1 bridle

  2. says:

    I wasn t sure about this one because I ve read other things by Joan Aiken that I didn t like at all but I was pleasantly surprised True to form as far as I ve noticed she included a lot of dialect from the different cultures represented In the story, but it was not so heavy that it became tiresome to read like with other books I ve read of hers The characters were strong and the plot moved along nicely And the twist at the end, I shouldve totally seen coming but I didn t at all It made for a very pleasant light read.

  3. says:

    This book is fantastic but it takes a little time before the magic has fully kicked in I read this book out of order, so I can t comment on how it fits in the seriesso it s even impressive how much I enjoyed it.Cons The beginning often feels cliched and heavy handed, and you don t really know what kind of story it s going to be for a while Characters seem super one dimension All these problems are resolved quickly YES Pros Fascinating portrayal of Basque landia, great scenes that genuinely spooked me out, nice character relationship growth, and nice pacing overall The end of the book is so satisfying I wanted to immediately read on, but of course my library doesn t have the other books, so immediate gratification was not obtained BUT What I truly enjoyed and I m hoping that this plays out in the other books as well is the crossroads of supernatural badassery and genuine faith in a higher power In a way, it hits that same sweet spot that Madeleine L Engle books often do Felix enjoys a relationship with God that is very believable, and while it was only a small part of the book overall, it added this great layer of growing in your beliefs to an already captivating travel tale.

  4. says:

    Aiken is such an unusual author, mixing realism with supernatural in a way that is never silly, though it may as in some of her Dido books be difficult to disentangle rather like Juan s poetry, which Felix struggles to understand like a story I read this book not knowing it was part of a series, but I felt it stood well on its own It was a little slow and confusing at the start, but by the end of the first chapter, the characters had taken on life and drew me in to their story Although I was expecting some kind of twist at the end of the story, I never suspected what, looking back, should have been the obvious surprise.

  5. says:

    The strong characters, quick moving plot, and exciting adventure in this book make it a great choice for any middle grade reader And wait til you get to the twist at the end I really enjoyed it Find it at the Giddings Public Library under JF AIK Miss Taylor

  6. says:

    Loved it Re read after visiting the Basque island of Gaztelugtxe.

  7. says:

    What a charming, exciting, imaginative book I read book 1 in this series last year and enjoyed it very much, but this one is possibly better Joan Aiken blends history and the supernatural in this tale of a boy s travels through Spain and France with a mysterious companion during the 1820 s The companions brave lightning storms, hunger, high mountains, poisonous snakes, and an assortment of frightening enemies yet overcome through wit, courage, and the help of Providence.

  8. says:

    Even faster paced than the first novel in the trilogy, Saddle the Sea, and just as well written I liked this one even Even fewer slow parts Same type of story high adventure and action and good, decent morals Looking forward to the final novel in the series, Teeth of the Gale Again, ages 8 and above.

  9. says:

    Liked the first book only slightly better than this one another great adventure and so many endearing characters Can t wait for book three, and can t believe this series doesn t get publicity The entire Salt Lake County Library system only has one copy of each book and I don t get it Again maybe the difficulty, I don t know.

  10. says:

    Felix Brooke 2 If you re a militant atheist, you might be annoyed at the religious stuff a fair bit than in Go Saddle the Sea but, other than that, if you liked Saddle , you ll like this Felix decides to go back to his Spanish family and has adventures in Basque country in the course of getting there.