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Synopsis: "The Huntresses of Artemis must obey two rules: never disobey the goddess, and never fall in love. After being rescued from a harrowing life as an Oracle of Delphi, Kahina is glad to be a part of the Hunt; living among a group of female warriors gives her a chance to reclaim her strength, even while her prophetic powers linger. But when a routine mission goes awry, Kahina breaks the first rule in order to save the legendary huntress Atalanta.
To earn back Artemis’s favor, Kahina must complete a dangerous task in the kingdom of Arkadia— where the king’s daughter is revealed to be none other than Atalanta. Still reeling from her disastrous quest and her father’s insistence on marriage, Atalanta isn’t sure what to make of Kahina. As her connection to Atalanta deepens, Kahina finds herself in danger of breaking Artemis’ second rule.
She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors willing to tempt fate to go up against Atalanta in a race for her hand. But when the men responsible for both the girls’ dark pasts arrive, the game turns deadly."
My Review: I was really intrigued by this synopsis, there are not nearly enough re-telling/ adaptations of the myths around Artemis. It is told from 2 perspectives of Atalanta and Kahina, and it was a little confusing at first until the character's voices defined themselves. I was a bit familiar with Atalanta so it was nice to be able to reference the relation to the myths. The writing was pretty simple and easy to read and may make it more approachable. I think if you struggled with Song of Achilles but like the idea, this might be a great book to start with instead; on the other hand if you loved Song of Achilles and the epic poems and mythology of the past, you might find this to be a bit too simplistic. I loved the friendship and the development of the relationships throughout this book, that is what drew me into the story. A great book for those wanting to get more into mythology and re-tellings.
My Review: While I did enjoy this one, and love the focus on Artemis and Atalanta, I did find it a bit tedious. The story and writing was almost a bit to simple for me, as a fan of Epic Poetry and the old myths, I would prefer a bit more to the writing itself. I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.
I received Outrun the Wind via Netgalley, the above is my unbiased opinion and review.
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Outrun the Wind was just released on Tuesday, November 27th so you can now get your hands on this new release in either print or digital format from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
I agree that there should be more retellings of Artemis. She is awesome! Sorry the writing wasn't so great. The cover is lovely.ReplyDelete
I think if you weren't already familiar and enjoyed the classic literature versions then maybe it would have been great. If someone had just read Middle Grade and YA books, this would be a great book to try out the myths and potentially branch out into those harder to read epic poems.Delete