So I received Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi from Netgalley for a free, honest review.
I’m including the synopsis as well being a arc for everyone to see what it’s about!
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. 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’s second rule. She helps Atalanta devise a dangerous game to avoid marriage, and word spreads throughout Greece, attracting suitors 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.
Quick Rating: 4 stars
This book is a mythological retelling about Atalanta, but you do get to see Apollo and Artemis as well. Now I’m all about mythological retellings and I do think for her first debut novel she did a wonderful job, but depending on how you approach the novel you may love or dislike it more.
It is told from two POV (Atalanta & Kahina) which definitely helps the story move along a bit better, but sometimes I felt it was hard to tell who was talking because they almost became like one plus side note my arc had almost all of chapter 20 missing which confused me hella bad for a bit. The characters could use some more defining touches I feel, but I enjoyed them.
The plot I felt was very intense in the beginning like I was like holy crap what a beginning this book is going to be so intense….just kidding the plot dies down pretty fast for a good chunk of the book which kind of left me bored with potential until the end when it finally picked up again.
The world building I felt was like pushed to the background and barley there really. You hardly get an ancient greek feeling to me and since I’m very focused on story and plot and with this retelling it wasn’t as important the neglect didn’t bother me, but some I know it might and if she plans on adding more it could benefit from more work.
There is also some surprise F/F romance in this novel which I did not expect and enjoyed! It wasn’t rushed or forced like I feel some novels do and it didn’t completely take over the whole entire novel.
Overall for a debut novel, it was a good! I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to others that are fans of greek retellings