Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Release Date: October 2013

BLURB from Goodreads
At fifteen, Anaii is the most important member of her tribe—and the most mysterious. Ever since Anaii can remember, the spirits of the wind have whispered of fertile hunting grounds and imminent enemy attacks. But when her people are ambushed by a brother clan without any apparent cause, the spirits remain eerily silent.

As the village prepares to retaliate, Anaii is pressured by her best friend, Elan, to marry him. It’s an old plea—Elan has spent a lifetime loving her, but Anaii only sees a childhood playmate out of an imposing warrior. Stifled by Elan’s insistence, Anaii escapes into the forest where she meets Jayttin, the beautiful son of the enemy chief. 

Enamored by Jayttin’s carefree spirit and hope for peace, she repeatedly sneaks away to be with him, but when her deception is discovered, Elan is devastated. Pledging his lifelong affection, Elan gives her a passionate kiss, and Anaii begins to see her friend in a new light. 

While Anaii is tormented over which man she must choose, the wind whispers of a new threat that could destroy both tribes. Only a union will afford a chance at survival, but the reality of that union is based on one thing—which man Anaii chooses to die.

So looking at the cover without reading the blurb what do I think to the cover? I like the cover, it has a very spiritual, ethereal quality to it. The men featured to the main figure on the cover, I would guess are some sort of spirit guides/people from the afterlife. From the title and the cover I'd immediately think of the American Indian culture. Then that is more or less confirmed by the blurb.
The font of the title fits well with the theme of the book.
So would the cover make me pick up the book in a store to learn more about it? Maybe, I have to admit my first thought was could the book be aimed at the middle grade age, ie 12+ age group. Upon reading the blurb I reckon its aimed at the YA market and Adults. I like the cover but sadly it doesn't particularly wow me.

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