OUTRUN THE WIND
REPRESENTATION: FF Relationship, Black Protagonist
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: Historical Fantasy, Greek Mythology
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.
Outrun the Wind was my most anticipated YA release of the year. I’m a complete and utter Greek mythology fangirl and the idea of a book that featured both the Hunters of Artemis and Atalanta, one of my favourite heroes, was always a massive draw for me.
Unlike most people (it seems), enemies-to-lovers isn’t usually one of my favourite tropes. However, I really liked it in this story. Kahina and Atalanta are both wonderful characters. I liked how strong each girl was, determined not to be forced down a path she didn’t want. They’re both complex and had complicated emotions toward each other. I really liked seeing how the distrust and wariness between them very slowly developed into a solid, dependable friendship and then a romance. I really appreciated how Tammi took the time to really build it up gradually. The supporting characters were well written too: Hippomenes is suitably slimy, Phelix is a sugar-pie and it was wonderful to see how supportive the Huntresses were of each other. Both the gods featured — Apollo and Artemis — felt suitably ‘other’: distant, powerful and arrogant.
I thought the plot was interesting, and that Tammi managed to work the more unbelievable elements of the original story (because, mythology, right?) into the more historical feel of the overarching plotline – for example, the golden apple distraction. I also thought that the elements of the various Atalanta stories (the boar hunt, the race etc.) combined into something that felt fluid. The moments were tied together with nice original scenes and well-rounded original characters.
The one complaint I had was that the world building felt a little lacking in terms of description. I think if you’ve already read a lot of mythology or history you’ll fill in the gaps just fine yourself, but things like dress, food and architecture etc. are very glossed over. It would have been nice to have a more solid picture of the world.