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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Spirit of the Mountain by Paty Jager

Spirit of the Mountain by Paty Jager
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal, Historical
Length: Full Length (304 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Wren, the daughter of a Nimiipuu chief, has been fated to save her people ever since her vision quest. When a warrior from the enemy Blackleg tribe asks for her hand in marriage to bring peace between the tribes, her world is torn apart.

Himiin is the spirit of the mountain, custodian to all creatures including the Nimiipuu. As a white wolf he listens to Wren’s secret fears and loses his heart to the mortal maiden. Respecting her people’s beliefs, he cannot prevent her leaving the mountain with the Blackleg warrior.

When an evil spirit threatens Wren’s life, Himiin must leave the mountain to save her. But to leave the mountain means he’ll turn to smoke…

Spirit of the Mountain, a fascinating tale of love, legend, and lore with an added flavor of the supernatural, immerses the reader into late eighteenth century northwest American Indian culture.

Wren, the daughter of Chief Proud and Tall of the Nimiipuu, has a special connection with the mountain where the tribe summers each year. On this mountain, she received a grand “gift” when she went on her vision quest at age nine. In her vision, she saw a white wolf with blue eyes that influences much of the action in the story. Wren, opinionated, strong-willed, and intelligent, falls in disfavor with her father often, but she vows to be true to her vision and her people and do what she must to save them, even if she must give up her greatest desire. Her relationship with the Spirit of the Mountain, a shape-shifting spirit, is beguiling and soul stirring.

Himiin, the Spirit of the Mountain, performs his duties in the form of a white wolf most of the time, but when he shifts to human form, he is a magnificent, breathtaking creature with flaxen hair and blue eyes. His reaction to the mortal Wren is magical and brings to mind “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” The connect Wren and Himiin have is compelling.

The supporting characters, like his spirit siblings and the Nimiipuu tribe, add tension, concern, and conflict to the plot. Of course, the antagonists: the Blacklegs, Hawk, and the Black Spirit, add a dark, cruel, sinister texture to the plot. They create a living hell for Wren and Himiin that keeps the reader turning pages to see how they overcome such evil.

Paty Jager uses exquisite imagery and descriptions that are breathtaking. The reader’s senses are engaged to the fullest. Whether enraptured with the vista of the mountain or horrified by the degradation in the cold, dark cave, the reader’s vicariously shares the experience. The paranormal elements she uses seem believable and add a mysterious magic to the story. The Indians words distracted a little, but they do give the story a unique flavor. The lore and legends woven into the story add a special richness.

This trip into the paranormal certainly takes readers away from the usual and lures them into a world that pulsates with passion and possibilities of “what-if”. Spirit of the Mountain is captivating.