Wings of the Wind
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First Person • Fiction • Two POV • 346 Pages
About the Book (Backcover Blurb):
Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage–for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?
Why I Choose this Book:
I read the first two books in the series, Counted with the Stars and Shadow of the Storm, and was blown away by how they helped make the Old Testament spring to life for me. Therefore I knew even without reading the back blurb for Wings of the Wind that I wanted to finish up the trilogy so I could once again dive into the world building Miss Connilyn is so fantastic talented with.
What I Thought about this Book:
The first page of the book drew me in right away and made me ask about a dozen questions and want to keep reading, reading, reading. (This is significant considering I just had my wisdom teeth removed, and it was a bit hard to focus on reading – or anything really.)
Unfortunately the first half of the book, while being well written, left me a little disappointed. There was too much romance for my tastes, and it annoyed me how the characters acted in different situations. The first half of the book still made a solid three stars, although I’m not sure what my conclusion would have been if there hadn’t been the plot twist. But, the plot twist came and instantly hiked the second half of the book up to four stars.
Within a couple of paragraphs I suddenly felt so much more invested in the character’s journeys, pages were being rapidly turned, and I could hardly wait to figure out what was going to happen next. There’s a young girl (like 13), who’s one of the side characters, and she was delightful. I seriously wished she would have been the main character of book #4, and was legit disappointed when I realized the Out of Egypt series was over.
Possibly because of being out of it due to my wisdom teeth, but I didn’t realize how the story tied in with a real person from the Bible until just about a paragraph before she was introduced. Then I was like “OH MY LANDS!” and it was a cool moment when everything came together.
Miss Connilyn did a great job of talking about the horribleness of the world at that time, without going into too much detail. To me she found a very good balance between saying “Yeah, these people were heathens and God was punishing them” and not glorifying that wickedness. With that being said, she did allude quite often to the sinful ways of the people of that land, but to me it’s important for us not to forget what it was like during the Biblical days.
Several of the characters were really well developed, and I could see a good arch as they grew throughout the book. By the end of the book I was quite attached to several of the characters, even though I hadn’t thought I’d be at the beginning of the story.
There was also a lot of good faith content, with the main character, a Canaanite, learning about God, and how He is different from the horrible, vengeful God’s she grew up serving. Seeing the difference was amazing.
There was, as previously mentioned, too much romance in the first part of the book for my tastes, although it didn’t go into a lot of details. There were also multiple battle scenes, people dying, people being attacked, people being mistreated, talk about how the Canaanites treated women (including wives) like slaves, discussions (and even some characters) who were temple prostitute, and pretty much just the Bible times displayed in a realistic, come-to-life way.
I’m giving Wings of Wonder 4 out of 5 stars, and 8 out of 10.
*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers