"Wind Child" is about a seventeen year old girl named Arima, who is the daughter of a Auchatae Scythian chief called Scylas. The Scythians were an ancient nomad tribe inhabiting the steppes of what is now modern day Ukraine. I gave this novel five stars because it is well written and unusual. I had never heard of the Scythians until I read this book and so found it to be educational from a historical point of view. I also like the ending which was not predictable. The heroine Arima is admirable because she is so independent and courageous, willing to risk her life for her freedom and willing to plunge into the unknown. Melanion's character is also different he is not as tough as Arima or as faithful but it is refreshing to see a romance turn out unpredictably and interesting to see a male lead character who is flawed for a change (he reminds me of Hamlet in a way). I think what Arima says to Melanion at the end is very beautifully written.
The only thing I didn't like about the book was its cover, it's inaccurate and ugly. The girl on the cover is blond while Arima has black hair and it kept intruding on my image of her. I almost didn't buy the book just because I didn't like the look of it!!
Born to an ancient nomad tribe of the steppes, beautiful bule-eyed Arima was the Scythian chief's proud daughter. Yet she would go to the tent of the man her father chose, and that man would own her as he did his horse..and value her less.
But when a traveling stranger stopped at her village, his senuous gaze tapped a wellspring of desire at her very core--a thirst for passion and freedom that would not be denied. Into the night they fled, and when they parted, her lover's kiss was a brand burned forever into Arima's fierce heart.
Now as the mighty Persian empire massed its armies, the fugitive princess's valor shone keen as a dagger. In an age like no other, one woman would ride forth to meet the glorious challenge of the future--in the searing flames of love and war....