Author: Natasja Hellenthal
Published: January 29, 2016 by Beyond Books Press
Purchased: I voluntarily read and reviewed a complimentary copy of this book
Blurb: Two decades ago a great deafening silence entered the world. Since then, the winds have mysteriously vanished. And with the disappearing of the wind, the magic held by the once mighty, immortal Sky Whisperers was shattered. Their influence over the natural world lost. Now only the small powers are left to Xenthia and her people, helping to sustain life–what little remains. For the world of Lorian is dying.
All Nemsa has ever known is a world without wind.
Strangely, the winds stayed away around the day of her birth, twenty five years ago, setting off a chain of disastrous events including a fatal sickness. And for that the girl is both tormented and shunned. Unaware of her involvement in this, she leads a small, miserable life in a mountain village, close to where she was found as a baby.
She wants nothing more than to find out to why there is no wind. And why the Gods have seemingly forgotten about them.
That tiny spark starts a fury of change when one day Nemsa meets alluring Xenthia–a mystifying Sky Whisperer–and it becomes clear that Nemsa’s path lies far above all she is familiar with. Beyond her village and the Lower Sky, past the red, dusty mountains even, and up to the unknown lands of the Upper Sky Dome to the realm of the Sky Whisperers. But, even with her true heritage revealed, how can crippled and one-eyed Nemsa’s destiny be linked with that of the much older, immortal Sky Whisperer she grows fonder of by the day? What is expected of her? More so–how can frail Nemsa ever hope to stand up against the supremacy of a vengeful, ambitious Sun Whisperer? Will the courage in her heart be enough?
Magic is at work, a fatal sickness is spreading among mortals and immortals alike, the sun is brutally beating down, and the fate of all hangs in the balance. And if Nemsa is to fulfil her destiny and save the world, she must find her way through it all . . .
Review: It’s hot. It’s so hot because there’s no wind. Did I mention that it was hot? I didn’t get far in this book but that was basically the gist of the beginning.
Also, it just seemed like it would just go off on tangents to explain something that really didn’t need pages to explain. Like the lavender oil. I don’t need the backstory to it, just tell me you pick the lavender flowers, make them into an oil and use it to keep the mosquitos away. Use one sentence and move on.
The cover is actually pretty eye catching but the story doesn’t match. While being heavily detailed, the writing is still very simple and repetitive. Even the blurb was too long.
There just wasn’t anything to keep me interested. I actually tried reading it after Power Rising, couldn’t get past the first couple of pages but then I tried to read it again after waiting a day but I still couldn’t get into it.
Maybe it just isn’t my cup of tea but I wouldn’t recommend.
Thank you for reading my review.