Outrun the Wind

Outrun the Wind

by Elizabeth Tammi


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635830262
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 11/27/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 284,152
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Tammi was born in California and grew up in Florida, but she is currently double-majoring in Creative Writing and Journalism as an undergraduate at Mercer University in Georgia. When she's not writing, you can probably find Elizabeth at rehearsal for one of her vocal ensembles, or at work for her university's newspaper and literary magazine. Her other interests include traveling, caffeinated beverages, and mythology. Outrun the Wind is her debut novel. You can find Elizabeth online on Tumblr at annabethisterrified, Twitter at @ElizabethTammi, Instagram at elizabeth_tammi, and at elizabethtammi.com.

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Outrun the Wind 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Rachel478 More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book a lot. It was fairly easy and quick read - I finished it in about 2 days (mostly over one night). The pacing was good, the middle was a tad on the slow side but the end was beyond expectations. Mythology can be difficult to write and write originally but it works. I really liked the characters and the character development was nice and better than many other books I've read. Over all if you're a fan of Greek mythology and need an entertaining read, check it out it's worth the time.
rach1187 More than 1 year ago
Outrun the Wind is more like a reconstruction of Atalanta's myth with an ending that, personally speaking, makes more sense than the original story. Adding her own original characters and twists while still using the old Greek legend as foundation, debut author Elizabeth Tammi did not compromise her main characters' - Atalanta's and Kahina's - core desires, and this is one of the things I appreciate the most in this story. However, there were just a few points this book missed hitting. The story mainly follows Atalanta and Kahina, a huntress of the goddess Artemis. Both character are easy to relate with, their struggles - being limited by the binds of convention - still resonating to many other young women in the real, modern world. As relatable as the two characters are though, I felt that they could have been explored more. It was hard to understand how they felt, what they're thinking when they are so closed off. There was also this major shift in Atalanta's character around the first third of the story. Gone was the fierce girl who wanted to prove herself, replaced by a defeated cut-out of her. It was an understandable change, but it just felt abrupt for me. Another issue I had with this book is pacing. The opening chapter was awesome! The fight with the Calydonian Boar - the classic Greek hero quest - just draws you in, but the pace starts sagging right after Meleager's death. It doesn't pick up until the final showdown between the twin gods Apollo and Artemis, which is almost to the end of the story. I just kept on waiting for something to happen in between Atalanta's escape from Artemis and her huntresses, and the footrace for her hand in marriage, but nothing. It just dragged on, with only a few bits thrown here and there to keep readers' interest from completely waning. The writing also took me out of the story. There was so much telling and not enough showing. It was so hard to get into when, on top of the story moving at a snail's pace, you have to try so hard to make the world pop out of the words of the author. This frustrated me so much that by the time I finally finished all I felt was relief - relief that I'm finally done with it - which is, for me, not a good sign. That said, I did enjoy Kahina and Atalanta's relationship. It was slowburn, from enemies to reluctant allies to friends to lovers. It was obvious from the very start of the story that the two characters had a connection, but it was especially satisfying to read their progress and watch them grow closer and closer. I can't say the same for the rest of the book though. Outrun the Wind was a promising story, but, sadly, that's just what it is. Fans of re-tellings and Greek mythology may still find this enjoying. This was just wasn't for me.
jiskett More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to read "Outrun the Wind", particularly because I love discovering new interpretations of familiar myths, but also because I have not read many F/F love stories yet and so the one between Atalanta and Kahina intrigued me. The tale of Atlanta - who is unwilling to marry and proclaims that she will only be wed if the suitor manages to outrun her in a race - is well known, as is the Hunt of Artemis which Kahina is part of, so I was curious to see how the elements of Greek mythology would be utilised. First of all, I should say that the romance is not the centre of the plot. The relationship between the two women - which is at first not the best, to put it mildly - is important and the connection between them is definitely strong, but in my opinion, more attention was put on the individual development of both characters. They change a lot over the course of the book and they need to discover what they really want or need - especially since they challenge what society tells them they should be, which makes their lives difficult. Another point is that both of them faced hardships in the past and got hurt; because of that, they have trouble trusting other people or even themselves. I really liked how both of them started to heal and that they found companionship and solace in each other; it's what made their friendship, and the connotations of something more, very believable and convincing. The development of their feelings for each other was also realistic and while the portrayal of them was occasionally almost too subtle, I enjoyed the moments where they shone through. I also liked how the author incorporated elements of the myth of Atalanta. There is an afterword in which she explains how historically accurate her book is and while it shows that she took some creative licenses, the book still managed to make the ancient world come alive. The story itself was interesting for the most part, but I did have some issues with the idea that Atalanta would be allowed to run away from Artemis like she did in the beginning, which lessened the tension of the moment a bit, and there sadly were some chapters where I felt like little of consequence happened. Another point is that some stuff just occurs in the background which felt wrong since a lot of importance was placed on these events at first. An example would be Kahina’s quest - she needs to prove herself, but then the solution is discovered almost by chance and the reader does not get to see her work on it a lot. Because of that, there was some lost potential which was a shame. The final conflict is also resolved way too quickly and it was hard to feel the emotional impact of what was going on since everything was over so soon, but the fight itself was well written and the loose ends were tied up nicely. These points aside, I did enjoy the book. I would have liked a stronger focus on the romance, but considering the setting it was well done, particularly in showing their friendship and their changing feelings for each other. It was great to see a completely different interpretation of the myth of Atalanta and it's for the most part a compelling read, even if there were some chapters where the story was not really moving forward. 3.5/5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is narrated from two alternating PoVs, Atalanta’s and Kahina’s, and while this is definitely the best choice story-wise, the voices of the two girls are too similar, and it’s complicated at times to remember whose PoV one is reading. The pace at the beginning of the book was slow, and the narrative seemed sloppy during the first few chapters. Nevertheless. as soon as the story started picking up, things started to get interesting as characters and their relationships are developed, and the story turned into a hurricane of plot twists and (almost literally) back stabbing. That said, while the premise of the book says the story is set in ancient Greece, it is hard to find ancient Greece in the book. There was, despite the characters, little to no ancient Greece in the culture, in the relationships between men and women, or in the worshipping of Gods and Goddesses. My favorite aspect of the book was probably the F/F romance. It was beautiful to see the girl slowly but surely developing feelings for each other and coming to acknowledge and accept those feelings, and it was nice to see that the author did not make a huge deal about it, but treated it like one might treat any other kind of romance plot.
ThePenMuse More than 1 year ago
Outrun the Wild has the amazing Greek mythology a person like me would want. From legendary characters to new characters that are lovable, empowering, and relatable. There are many great characters, especially Kahina, but Atalanta was my favorite. Atalanta was a strong female lead who bowed to no man, who wanted to be seen as equal. She embodies the amazing spirit from Greek mythology. The story itself is very fast pace and really takes you through a lot of Greek Mythology which makes you want more. From the world building to the characters, it was a great read and I’d love to see more in the series.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
I will admit that until I read the first chapter, I did not know about Atalanta, which I immediately rectified by Googling. The base for the story is an interesting one, certainly – a legendary huntress who demanded that her suitors beat her in a footrace to win her hand, but defeated by distraction via some golden apples (how the heck does THAT happen?). Anyway, so this book fills up her story, introducing some new characters, taking a few liberties with some stories, and tells us about a girl who was so glad to have a family she felt indebted, and another who is escaping the will of a god. During the slaying of the Calydonian bear, Kahina was the one to strike the killing blow but Atalanta the one to take the credit, not knowing it was her. Due to this, Kahina gets punished by Artemis to go reclaim a temple in Arkadia, coincidentally the same polis where Atalanta is about to return as a lost princess. The initial interactions between the girls is strained, because Kahina resents having to be her handmaiden (that’s her cover), and also she doesn’t like Atalanta having taken credit for her kill. She doesn’t tell her reasons for her anger nearly halfway into the book, though, Atalanta is just a little confused, and wary of Kahina. However, soon, they move towards tolerance and a tentative friendship, formed from empathy towards each other (both were, after all, running from things), and rounding out their trio is Phelix, Atalanta’s half-brother, and the king’s bastard. While he is mostly in the margins, he does provide a tempering presence to the earlier volatile stages of their relationship. It builds on the characters slowly in the first half, and the writing was good enough, but I felt some reactions of the characters were exaggerated. Some things were mentioned, some tension sensed that isn’t resolved or explained even until the end. The race doesn’t get through until like halfway through the novel, and Kahina helps Atalanta keep the suitors off her back with a cleverly planned race that alleviates the latter’s duty towards her kingdom (Arkadia is broke, and she is supposed to marry a rich guy) but also keeps her out of marriage. Here’s where their relationship starts to dip into romantic territory, which is sort of a slow burn. There’s still their respective futures standing in their way, as Kahina needs to stay in the Huntresses to be safe from Apollo. When the god forces their hand, there is a big showdown that incorporates a sibling feud, a rescue and some clever Kahina plans. This climax was probably the reason I got off the fence about how to rate it – it was chaotic, confusing, and not as big as it was building up to be (it is supposed to be two GODS fighting dammit). Also, the one seemingly significant character death didn’t feel like anything, which maybe because the characterization felt like it left a few holes. Overall, a good mythology retelling, but wasn’t compelling enough.
AngRI More than 1 year ago
My Review: I was really intrigued by this synopsis, there are not nearly enough re-telling/ adaptations of the myths around Artemis. It is told from 2 perspectives of Atalanta and Kahina, and it was a little confusing at first until the character's voices defined themselves. I was a bit familiar with Atalanta so it was nice to be able to reference the relation to the myths. The writing was pretty simple and easy to read and may make it more approachable. I think if you struggled with Song of Achilles but like the idea, this might be a great book to start with instead; on the other hand if you loved Song of Achilles and the epic poems and mythology of the past, you might find this to be a bit too simplistic. I loved the friendship and the development of the relationships throughout this book, that is what drew me into the story. A great book for those wanting to get more into mythology and re-tellings. My Review: While I did enjoy this one, and love the focus on Artemis and Atalanta, I did find it a bit tedious. The story and writing was almost a bit to simple for me, as a fan of Epic Poetry and the old myths, I would prefer a bit more to the writing itself. I give it a rating of Two Paws and a Stump Wag.
_magicbookdom_ More than 1 year ago
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Rep: f/f romance, lesbian mc, bi mc For a debut novel this book was phenomenal. Well written story, the character development was truly outstanding. I haven’t read a lot of books about Greek Mythology but this book makes me want to go read all the story’s and retellings. Being part of the LGBT+ community I’m always in awe when books; especially retellings have that aspect in the them. For me it brought in more for the story of Kahina and Atalanta, the hate to love relationship grows so perfectly throughout the book. The world building and characters are all very strong points for the story. While reading, I could definitely imagine the world as I seen the words. I highly recommend this story to anyone who is into Greek mythology, or anyone looking to venture from their usual genre.
MellieReadsALot More than 1 year ago
A daring take on the tale of Atalanta, this is a story of warrior women thwarting bickering deities and scheming family members. I enjoyed the fresh perspective and creative background surrounding this spin on the Greek myth.
Kaleena More than 1 year ago
''But nobody can beat fate - not even her. Nobody can outrun the wind.'' I feel like I have read a lot of fantasy this year that is along the lines of "King is not doing well, finds abandoned daughter(s) to save the kingdom" cliche, and sadly this wasn't executed in a way that stands apart. As a lover of mythology, I was really excited to be granted a review copy of Outrun the Wind and read a retelling of the Greek myth of Atalanta. For those that are familiar with the source myths, be prepared for this book's departures and liberties from the source mythology. This is a retelling and the author makes changes to make it her own, so it is worth it to read the end acknowledgements. I prefer my retellings to be a bit more of a departure/reimagining. Outrun the Wind is told in the dual-POV of Atalanta and Kahina, and I struggled to really engage with either perspective. As the reader I was thrust into what felt like the middle of action, with the characters thinking about things that I had no reference for, and I spent much of the first 17% rather confused. Because of the dual-POV, I also found the text repetitious at times when the scene would be rehashed from the other character's perspective. There is a f/f enemies-to-lovers romance, but unfortunately there didn't seem to be enough devoted to the budding relationship between these characters to buy into the romance. One thing that is great about first person narration is learning about the character's inner thoughts, and the tension that builds, but I feel like this was a missed opportunity here. The narrative largely fell into the pitfall of telling rather than showing. I appreciated the underlying theme of strong women standing up for themselves in a society with strict gender expectations. Their actions are those of strong female characters, but after reading the book I am still at a loss for their inner motivations, feelings, and the growth that they experienced. This is definitely a plot driven tale, but one that I never really got fully sucked into. Ultimately I was neither impressed or displeased with this debut fantasy. Perhaps I would have enjoyed the book more had I not been familiar with the source material, but ultimately I didn't find the writing to be engaging and I struggled to be sucked in to the story. Just because this wasn't for me doesn't mean it isn't for you: if you are looking for a fast-paced mythology read with f/f romance, this book may be for you! cw: sexism (challenged), implications of sexual assault Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for review. Quotations are taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon publication.
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
We are huge fans of modern fairytales but this one takes that t a,whole new level and adds more drama and twists that take the story in a completely different direction. Every page was a surprise and just when you think you understand the plot, the book takes a new direction. Everyone in their own way will relate to Kahina and Atalanta and the struggles they faced throughout the story. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
TeresaReviews More than 1 year ago
First and foremost, thank you NetGalley, North Star Editions, and Elizabeth Tammi for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I had very high expectations of this book based on a number of the reviews I read that are already out there. While it didn't quite meet my expectations, Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi was still a very engaging and exciting read. The story: Atalanta was raised as a warrior, and Kahina is a huntress of Artemis. When Kahina kills Artemis's boar to save Atalanta, she must redeem herself to get back into Artemis's good graces. When Atalanta turns out to be none other than the Princess of Arkadia, she is not thrilled at the fact that her father wants her to marry as soon as possible. Kahina comes up with the brilliant plan of having suitors race Atalanta, since it will be impossible for anyone to outrun her. This plan seems like a good idea, until it turns into higher stakes: life and death. When  suitors see they are  bound to die, they leave Atalanta alone. All except one who refuses to back down, a follower of Apollo sure of his own victory. One thing that originally drew me to the book, based on other reviews, was the female/female romance aspect. I enjoyed this, but I really with there was more of it a lot sooner in the novel. The lack of action made the romance feel rather stilted and unbelievable. I really enjoyed the hunt at the beginning of this book. It really made the setting. There's even a reference to Odysseus's father, which was a nice Easter egg and a way to show the time period without having to explicitly say. The part between the hunt and the racing (a huge chunk of the first half of the book) felt a bit slower and dragged slightly in comparison to the rest. Once the races start, the story becomes exciting again, and the stakes are pretty high. The writing style itself is very nice and elegant, as well as easy to read. The only problem I had was that the voices of the two different characters tended to feel too similar more often than not, and I would occasionally forget who's perspective I was reading. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read and would recommend it to teen girls specifically. There's a good takeaway from this book about not letting your past define you and really finding who you are and being comfortable with that person. A person shouldn't let others try to change them. Great message!