Wind Catcher

A Chosen Novel

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
364 Pages
Reviewed on 01/13/2015
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel is a young adult fantasy novel written by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. Juliet Stone feels like she's being torn in two different directions. Her mother, a successful Native American lawyer, has enrolled her in an exclusive preparatory academy, Bartens. Juliet misses the friends she's always gone to school with, and the girls at Bartens haven't been very welcoming. Her mom is going on a business trip for a few days, and Juliet's irritated that her grandfather, Sicheii, will be coming to stay with her. She has always been very close to her grandfather but not so much lately. Juliet decides to play hooky for the day and calls her best friend, Troy, to see if he'll come along.

Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef's young adult, coming of age fantasy, Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel, is well-written and highly entertaining. Juliet is a strong and fearless character who just wants to be a normal kid, but her destiny is something entirely different. I particularly enjoyed her interactions with her grandfather, Sicheii, who is a Native American medicine man, and Troy, her childhood friend and companion. Wind Catcher is also filled with action and adventure as Juliet and Troy try to find out the mystery behind an old photo Juliet found. This very unique and refreshingly original contemporary fantasy has elements of high epic fantasy woven throughout it, and it will surprise and delight even the most jaded fantasy readers. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in The Chosen series. Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel is most highly recommended.

Savannah Edelen (Teen Reviewer)

Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel by Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef is a wonderful novel about a young mixed Native American girl named Juliet Stone. At her birth she became the chosen one. The one who would defeat the seeker, who wanted to destroy all of mankind, and starting with all of her friends and family unless she is strong enough to prevent it. Confused and thinking she is going crazy, Juliet works to calm the voices in her head. Now murders are beginning to happen and she knows all of the victims. To make it worse, her grandfather might be involved in the murders. Everyone is lying to her left and right and it is up to Juliet to find out who she can trust.

This book was absolutely wonderful. I felt all of the emotions that Juliet felt and was so enraptured with the book. I absolutely can’t wait until I get a chance to read the next book in the series. My favorite part in the book was when Juliet finally found out the truth. It gave me a great sense of relief that she wasn’t being lied to anymore. Not only are all the pieces of the mystery starting to fall into place, but the pieces are finally beginning to make sense. The confusion that Juliet felt goes away and you want to keep reading as the book goes on. I was actually kind of disappointed when the book ended.

Stephen Fisher

Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel by Jeff and Erynn Altabef is an urban fantasy that takes place in the US southwest. Civilization has come to a Native American reservation in the form of a casino. With it comes the merging of two worlds that produces Juliet Wildfire Stone, raised by her mother and grandfather whom she calls Shiceii. As a medicine man, he has been her spiritual guide her whole life. When Juliet is 15, her mother goes on a business trip, leaving her alone for the first time in her life. Although Shiceii will be there, she skips school for the very first time with her lifelong best friend, Troy.

The adventure begins after they leave the park near Devil’s Peak. They start to panic when they hear sirens, but when the police race by, they follow them to the house of her grandfather's old friend. A murder investigation commences when they find his body, and Shiceii is their main suspect. Voices and images that she cannot understand flood Juliet’s head. It seems that everyone she’s known her whole life has been keeping secrets from her. She embarks on a quest to discover the truth of her heritage at all costs

Jeff and Erynn Altabef tell this tale from Juliet’s point of view. Her struggles, thoughts and feelings jump off the page when her life turns into an uproar. Imagine finding out that you are the chosen one, and the fate of everything you hold dear depends on you and you alone. 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!