Outrun The Wind by Elizabeth Tammi
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.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Outrun the Wind, but once I got about 25% in, I didn’t want to put it down. It still took me awhile to finish because, life. But it was hard to adult while reading it.
There are two narrators. Atalanta and Kahina. The book starts with Atalanta hunting a creature of Artemis. She is with a boy that she loves, plus others. Things don’t go as planned. Kahina is with Nikoleta and Isodora watching things. They are huntresses of Artemis. For some reason, Kahina interferes and saves Atalanta. She was supposed to make sure nothing interfered with the will of Artemis. Hippomenes is one of the men in Meleager’s hunt. Kahina is his cousin and she betrayed her years ago. Artemis shows up and offers a spot to Atalanta. But she can’t join the huntresses because she loves Meleager. Her refusal does not go over well.
Kahina is sent away to Arkadia. Here she meets the king, Nora, and Phelix, along with others. Phelix is the son of the king and Nora. The king set out to find his missing daughter. Kahina is shocked to see that it’s Atalanta. Atalanta is told that she must marry to save the kingdom that is running out of money and supplies. Kahina is to teach and serve her while they wait for the suitors to come. While Kahina hates Atalanta at first, they slowly get closer. Phelix has been a great friend, too, and they all spend a lot of time together. Atalanta doesn’t want to marry. She and Kahina come up with a challenge that she just can’t lose. Atalanta is fast. She runs and no one can beat her in a race. So she decides to race all the suitors.
So much happens that I can’t get into. And I apologize for my mess of thoughts above. I felt that the pacing was great and I loved the strong females. There are some trigger warnings for physical abuse and hints of sexual abuse/harassment. I loved Kahina, Atalanta, and Phelix. There were a lot of others that I ended up liking, too. I enjoyed the mythology. You’ll want to read the author’s note at the end which talks about the things she changed/added to the story to make it her own.
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for my copy for review. I gave this one 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5.
Have you read Outrun the Wind yet? Is it on your TBR? Do you like books with mythology?