by Carole McDonnell
Reviewed by: Push Nevahda
Carole McDonnell’s 2007 novel, Wind Follower, entered into my life on two ironic premises: 1) I never thought I’d have the patience to read Christian fiction, 2) I hadn’t imagined a book of this sort would revive and reinvigorate my latent pessimism that the barren tree would ever again produce sweet fruit. Just when I’d reached the point of surrendering PNR to a lost cause, a point of no redemption, that I no longer believed that the ole great literary plane would ever fly again, I discovered Carole McDonnell’s brilliant novel, read it…and then I exhaled.
I will not give the story away but I will note that Wind Follower is perhaps the most eloquently written book I’ve read this year. McDonnell’s prose is polished and sophisticated, her command of language is breathtaking, and the story is beautifully imaginative. Loic and Satha are the main characters of this very biblical tale. Loic falls in love with Satha and wants her for his bride. Although there are differences between them both believe in the power of the Wind God. The two endure great challenges of love and romance in the face of faith, tragedy and revenge. In the end, Loic and Satha learn much about themselves and what they mean to each other.
I personally appreciated McDonnell’s strong moral message of love (which transcends culture, class, and race – Loic is light skinned and Statha is dark skinned), which focused on hope, community and redemption. Wind Follower is also a dynamic compilation of various cultures, clans, traditions, beliefs, and characters pulling and stretching the reader’s imagination while pushing us along into the labyrinth of McDonnell’s meticulously crafted fiction.
Wind Follower is a fine read and will ultimately become a classic. Carole McDonnell is a brilliant writer with a bright literary future ahead of her. I fully recommend this book, and I anticipate McDonnell’s next novel!
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