Title: Outrun the Wind
Author: Elizabeth Tammi
Published November 27th 2018
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I started this book back in October I think? I really wasn’t feeling it though so I decided to put it down and try again later.
And it did help. Somewhat.
But we’ll start from the beginning. I requested this book on NetGalley and was so excited when I was approved. It ticks all my boxes! Inspired by Greek Mythology, a sapphic retelling with strong and independent female 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.
*Synopsis from Goodreads
Sadly, even though I liked it better the second time around it still wasn’t really my thing. I had several eyeroll moments and didn’t connect with the characters at all. That is kinda subjective though and this book got a lot of great reviews. So if the synopsis intrigues you I would still say give it a go.
One of my pet peeve, and a thing that can literally make me dnf a book straight away, is when a character does something stupid without any proper and/or understandable reason. So, to clarify, I have no issue with rash decisions or rushing into danger, when we established that the character is a little reckless and does it to save someone they love (… Harry Potter …) or something like that. What I do have an issue with is, when I can’t understand at all why someone did it.
There was one particular instance of this in Outrun the Wind, but it was towards the end and therefore I can’t talk about it without spoiling the book for you. But I think you’ll know what I mean if you’ve read it.
As I said before, I’m a huge Mythology fan. Especially Greek Mythology as my grandfather always told me all the stories and legends. I loved that as a kid, I grew up with these people, these gods. So sometimes it is hard to see them interpreted differently by someone else. I didn’t vibe with either Artemis nor Apollo and I don’t think they got what they deserved. More so, they are both not very important for the story. Which isn’t necessarily positive or negative. So, I think you might actually enjoy it more if you’re not overly familiar with the stories of the Gods? But that’s just a guess.
Kahina has the potential of being a great character, but I felt like we never really got to know her. Despite hearing her thoughts. But there was a certain depth lacking. I still liked her though. Atalanta … less so. I didn’t dislike her, but she was the one who made weird choices sometimes and I never really found her voice. Actually, despite being fairly different in temperament, it was sometimes quite hard to know which character you’re with atm. They sounded very similar and I had to go back and look at whose chapter I’m at sometimes.
The story focused very much at Atalanta and Kahina and neglected the secondary characters, which I would’ve been fine with if I got a lot of depth in those two instead, but since I didn’t I wished to know more about everyone else.
The two other huntresses were not bad, I actually liked them, but the King, for example, was very one-dimensional. Same with Hippomenes.
On top of that, the world building wasn’t really there either … I didn’t feel immersed at all. Nor did it feel different than your average fantasy world.
And the romance? It was okay. Not badly done. But also nothing special. I loved the beginning of Atalanta and Kahina meeting, but the sparks were lost as the story progressed, unfortunately. Still, it was what kept me reading.
All in all, I wasn’t impressed. I really wanted to like this and I gave it two chances. Ultimately this isn’t for me, but I can see others enjoying it. And I can definitely see the potential. I’m gonna keep an eye out for Elizabeth Tammis next book!
I would probably recommend it to people interested in mythology but who don’t yet know too much.
Have you read it yet? What did you think?
I hope y’all liked it better than I did! If so, please tell me why!