This fantasy adventure series is steeped in American Indian culture and so much more.
Welcome to my blog stop for the Windcatcher Blog Tour. Hope you will like the review and take part in the amazing giveaway as well.
Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average-couldnever be average.Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.“Wind Catcher is a suspenseful, wonderfully written story that will capture your attention and hold it prisoner. A book that you won’t want to escape from. Brava!” – Stephen Fisher, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews
“Everything about me is a lie.”
This is the first book I have read with a American Indian theme and frankly one of the reasons why I actually expressed my interest in participating in this blog tour for this book and I haven’t been disappointed.
Juliet is a girl stuck in between two different worlds. On one hand is her heritage and on the other hand is the world she has come to live in. As a teenager, she is studying in an All White School, wherein she is the only Native American student, making her pariah.
“I am not special. I am not the smartest nor the strongest or the fastest or the richest person. I’m an average girl born between two worlds – one rich and the other Native American. I’m the victim of a cosmic mistake.”
Juliet is a heroine I have come to identify and admire through the course of the story. She started off as a whiner, and I really hate whiners. But while it was an uphill climb to understand her, I did understand her dilemma of being stuck in the middle of two vastly different worlds. It’s easy in foresight to believe that choices should be easy, that things aren’t as hard as they seem to be.
Juliet had her whole life turned upside down and yet stood strong when it mattered. It was her strength that the whole plot rested on. She grew exponentially throughout the story and that honestly was the best feature of this book.
“Truth is a tricky thing. Some people think there are absolute truths that are always correct. That’s foolish. Truth depends on your perspective.”
Though I know the basics of the American Indian culture and traditions, I have no exposure to the particular thoughts and beliefs of the culture itself. So I went to reading this book, with no previously held opinions, I was a clean slate. And I have to say, I fell in love with the way the cultures and beliefs are described in the book. Beautiful and simplistic in its beliefs, it is a culture defined by the relationship of man with nature. This book has made me want to immerse myself into the understanding this culture and it’s belief system.
“I understand what true strength is now – strength to do what you think is right, to stand up for those who you love. Sicheii might have been misguided but he taught me what sacrifice really is.”
The tests and the enemy that Juliet faces, the betrayals she encounters (no matter how well meaning) should have destroyed, hell it would have destroyed any one weaker, but it just made the choices she made all the more admirable.
The writing is wonderfully expressive and the story fast paced with enough twists and turns to keep your interest focused. Yet, the typical climax – the fight of good vs evil was cliche and that’s where this book tripped. While I understand that this was what the book was working towards and sadly the fight fell flat for me at least.
But I am still interested in the sequel, because the fight for a better world, will never end 🙂
If you like a book with a strong female protagonist and a book that is still a little different plot base, then look no further. This book is definitely for you.
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