Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi is a YA Fantasy story inspired by Greek Mythology and encompasses LGBT characters.
“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.“
This book was very up and down for me.
My favorite part of this book was the plot. The beginning chapters drew me into the Greek-inspired world, and I immediately was taken away by the story. But as the book progressed, I would find myself on these little hills of being into it and then just kind-of going with the flow of the story.
There is a lot that goes on at first with the relationships between the King and Artemis; their two worlds colliding with hints of mystery in their past. I did find myself wanting more from the world building itself though.
I think it was the writing itself that I had trouble with. I wouldn’t say this is a bad book at all, because there are a ton of scenes that I was on the edge of my seat, but I think the more ‘dry’ parts took a little away from my overall enjoyment.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars. There is a LGBT romance between the two main characters that I could tell right away was going to be a thing, but watching it unfold was fun to read. There are some harsher parts to this story as well, so there is a trigger warning for implied sexual assault.
Overall, it was a twist to the Greek Mythology that hones in on the YA Fantasy setting, so if this sounds like an adventure you may be in to, I recommend giving it a try.
Published: 27 November 2018
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy / LGBT
How I Read It: eARC
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions and area not influenced in any way.*
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