‘Wind Catcher’ by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef

WC ReleaseThis fantasy adventure series is steeped in American Indian culture and so much more.

Winner: Mom’s Choice Award — Silver Metal
Winner: Awesome Indies — Seal of Approval
Recipient: Readers’ Favorite — 5 Star Review
Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.
When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.
All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average-couldnever be average.
Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.
Wind Catcher is a suspenseful, wonderfully written story that will capture your attention and hold it prisoner. A book that you won’t want to escape from. Brava!” – Stephen Fisher, Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews
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chosen wind catcher-award‘Chosen One’ stories are a dime a dozen, but this has always been the case. Far from a tired trope, it has been a common thread throughout the history of literature and mythology. Being ‘chosen’ is not always a boon, and often comes with great danger. I love reading stories in which I don’t know who’s going to betray the hero next.

The authors of Wind Catcher play this extremely well, weaving a web of intrigue and danger. Juliet has her own doubts about herself and her heritage, but she keeps on fighting. I can’t wait to read what comes next for this series.

It’s a refreshing change to read a story so steeped in Native American lore (though we never learn which nation Juliet belongs to, which I understood but also found a little distracting). And to read a story based on that lore not be about ‘white guy discovers Native American artifact and inherits amazing powers!!! And may or may not have the guidance of Stock Old Wise Indian Shaman!!!’

Juliet is your typical teenager, caught between her heritage and the upper class private school world her mother has built for her. Her would-be Native American Mentor, her grandfather, falls in and out of her list of suspects, further destroying her sense of security. Not knowing whom to trust, Juliet must uncover the truth behind the recent slayings of people close to her grandfather, and protect herself from those who want to harm her. Yet she is only sixteen, she doubts herself and makes mistakes just like any teenager. In spite of the fantasy element of the plot, this story is grounded in realism: Juliet is a real girl with real thoughts and feelings, who has to come to terms with much she didn’t know and couldn’t have possibly imagined.

As far as the fantastical elements, they remind me of one of my all time favourite authors, Christopher Pike, who often writes of ancient civilizations and amazing beings. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.

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