by Elizabeth Tammi
Standalone | 360 Pages | Pub. November 2018
Outrun the Wind at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★ 1/2
- Heroine 1: She makes our hearts race 😉
- Heroine 2: She always hits her target
- Feminism: The huntresses will march!
- Brutality: Babies abandoned in the woods
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Shot of Ouzo
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.
We received a copy of Outrun the Wind from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Do you like ancient sibling rivalries? Books that are a big “screw you” to the patriarchy? Sapphic themes? Then Outrun the Wind is the perfect book for you. This fantasy inspired by Ancient Greek mythology tells the story of Atalanta and Kahina as they navigate and kick ass in a world that denies them agency.
“I swear I’ll gut him”
While, we appreciate the art, history and culture of Ancient Greece I think we can all agree that this was not a great time to be a woman. But don’t worry our main characters don’t let this stop them. Atalanta is a warrior that men treat like an object and pawn to be married off. Kahina is a huntress of Artemis and runaway oracle of Delphi. They both fight for their freedom and respect and in the process their lives intertwine and a solid partnership forms. In the end these two don’t let anyone get in the way of their safety and happiness. #MadRespect
In typical Ancient Greece style the men are the most frustrating part of this novel because honestly there’s only one good male character in this whole book. But, that’s the whole point of a novel like this and it doesn’t take away from the plot. Having to suffer through these misogynistic fools that treat women like pawns and trading cards is almost worth it when you get the badass scenes from Kahina, Atalanta, Artemis and her huntresses.
While the writing was gorgeous to read, the two main characters, Atalanta and Kahina blended together quite a bit and sometimes we had to look back to see who was even speaking. Kahina was also quite a brat through the first half of the book, continuously blaming Atalanta for things she did herself.
Our only significant complaints about this novel was how slow and dragged out the middle part of the book was and the underdeveloped romantic relationship between Kahina and Atalanta. We needed more action in the middle and a more fleshed out relationship between our badass ladies.
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