Skywhisperers by Natasia Hellenthal #Review

skyTwo decades ago a great deafening silence entered the world. Since then, the winds have mysteriously vanished. And with the disappearing of the wind, the magic held by the once mighty, immortal Sky Whisperers was shattered. Their influence over the natural world lost. Now only the small powers are left to Xenthia and her people, helping to sustain life––what little remains. For the world of Lorian is dying.

All Nemsa has ever known is a world without wind.
Strangely, the winds stayed away around the day of her birth, twenty five years ago, setting off a chain of disastrous events including a fatal sickness. And for that the girl is both tormented and shunned.
Unaware of her involvement in this, she leads a small, miserable life in a mountain village, close to where she was found as a baby.
She wants nothing more than to find out to why there is no wind. And why the Gods have seemingly forgotten about them.

That tiny spark starts a fury of change when one day Nemsa meets alluring Xenthia––a mystifying Sky Whisperer––and it becomes clear that Nemsa’s path lies far above all she is familiar with. Beyond her village and the Lower Sky, past the red, dusty mountains even, and up to the unknown lands of the Upper Sky Dome to the realm of the Sky Whisperers. But, even with her true heritage revealed, how can crippled and one-eyed Nemsa’s destiny be linked with that of the much older, immortal Sky Whisperer she grows fonder of by the day? What is expected of her? More so––how can frail Nemsa ever hope to stand up against the supremacy of a vengeful, ambitious Sun Whisperer? Will the courage in her heart be enough?

Magic is at work, a fatal sickness is spreading among mortals and immortals alike, the sun is brutally beating down, and the fate of all hangs in the balance. And if Nemsa is to fulfil her destiny and save the world, she must find her way through it all…

Follow Nemsa and Xenthia in this Epic, Dystopian, NA Lesbian Fantasy tale of courage, interracial love, redemption, and hope.

review

Genre fiction typically follows a pattern. In the case of fantasy, there is usually an unassuming person of humble means, who learns that he or she is destined to save the world. That trope goes through a lot of today’s dystopian fiction, as well, and this novel is actually an interesting blend of dystopian fiction and fantasy. In this novel, Nemsa, a young woman who is been blind in one eye and who walks with a limp finds out that the taunting that she has received her whole life about being the cause of the wind ceasing to blow in the world is actually true. She meets up with an older woman, Xenthia, (though she does not fully understand how much older until later) who introduces Nemsa to her destiny. The book is a very thought-provoking one because it explores the idea of same sex relationships as being the norm in the world of the novel. Love plays an important role in the strength of the Skywhisperers’ powers, and jealousy can be their downfall. There is a happily-ever-after, of a sort ending, and it does not end in a cliffhanger, which gets a big thumbs up from me.

As I briefly mentioned, the two main characters in this romantic novel are women, and there are sex scenes between them. While not as explicit as to considered “erotica”, the scenes are explicit enough that I would recommend this book only to mature readers 16+. The book continues the thought provoking nature because the fact that the two main characters are women doesn’t especially matter; gender isn’t the issue at the forefront in the relationship between Xenthia and Nemsa; love is.

I enjoyed this book a lot and the world intrigues me to the point that I hope the author revisits it in the future. If she does, I’d love to journey back and see what the landscape looks like.

Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock

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Posted on December 4, 2016, in Paranormal Romance & Author's That Rock. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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