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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Review: Wind Follower

By guest reviewer Alice Teh

Wind Follower
by Carole McDonnell

Although it is not entirely to her liking, grief-stricken Satha, a dark-skinned woman from a poor Theseni clan weds young Loic, the wealthy Doreni son of the king's First Captain. Loic, graced with ability to see into the hearts and minds of others, begins to help Satha overcome her sorrows. Despite coming from different tribes, they begin to forge a life together. But when Satha's own compassion is used against her and a treacherous enemy contrives to dishonor her in Loic's absence, Loic's love turns to anger and disgust.

Embittered, Loic must still avenge his honor and Satha's and he sets out on a journey that brings despair as well as spiritual discovery. Battling him are the Arkhai, the spirits of the land who know his quest will lead him toward the God whom they have usurped. After his departure, Satha is kidnapped, sold into slavery and learns, first hand, how cruel the pioneering Angleni tribe can be. Both face great hardship, danger and anguish apart, but with the Creator's aid there remains hope they will be reunited and heal the love the world has torn asunder.

Wind Follower had me hooked from the first page and I found it hard to stop reading. It is very different from the stories I normally read, but nonetheless, interesting.

Loic is the 18-year old son of Taer, the headman of the Pagatsu clan, the noblest of Doreni clans. He is handsome and physically desirable, but has an illness known as the “falling sickness” or epilepsy. One day in the market, Loic and his father bumped into the wife of an old friend and her daughter, Satha. Satha is beautiful and dark-skinned as all the people in her tribe, the Thesenis, are. Loic immediately falls in love with her – a love at first sight. Very quickly, he marries the 24-year old Satha. Even though in the beginning it is an arranged marriage, Satha slowly opens up to Loic and develops a love for her husband.

The plot thickens when the pregnant Satha is violated by their enemy during the absence of her husband, resulting in the loss of their first child. Loic goes out on a journey to seek revenge. This is the beginning of his spiritual discovery and enlightenment. While Loic is gone, their enemy plots more evil and Satha is kidnapped and sold into slavery. There, she experiences for herself the cruelty of the Angleni clan.

Wind Follower is a page-turner right from the beginning. It is a story of love, despair, compassion, revenge, spiritual battle, healing, enlightenment and reunion. As I read on, I noticed familiar passages that mirror the Bible. For example: “Vengeance is mine, Loicuyo, therefore let me repay it. […] Those shadow gods are invaders who come only to kill, steal and destroy. But I have given you and all who believe the words of the Lost Book power over all those serpents. Go and tell this too-good-to-be-believed news to all you meet.”

Did Loic and Satha find reunion in their marriage? Did the people of the three tribes: the Doreni, the Theseni and the Ibeni find faith in the Creator? You'll have to read this story to find out. I totally enjoyed Wind Follower and I am sure you will appreciate it too.


Carole said...

thank you so much for the review, Alice. I really appreciate it. And you understood the book. Which makes me super-happy. This is my first review ever so am gonna print this out now. ::smile:: -C

Alice Teh said...

Hi Carole, it's been a real pleasure reading Wind Follower and I thank you and LASR for the opportunity to read and review it. I'm glad you're happy with the review! I know I like it a lot. *smile*

Carole said...

thanks so much.

::smiling too::