Seventeen-year-old Vane Weston has no idea how he survived the category five tornado that killed his parents. And he has no idea if the beautiful, dark-haired girl who’s swept through his dreams every night since the storm is real. But he hopes she is.
Seventeen-year-old Audra is a sylph, an air elemental. She walks on the wind, can translate its alluring songs, and can even coax it into a weapon with a simple string of commands. She’s also a guardian—Vane’s guardian—and has sworn an oath to protect Vane at all costs. Even if it means sacrificing her own life.
When a hasty mistake reveals their location to the enemy who murdered both of their families, Audra’s forced to help Vane remember who he is. He has a power to claim—the secret language of the West Wind, which only he can understand. But unlocking his heritage will also unlock the memory Audra needs him to forget. And their greatest danger is not the warriors coming to destroy them—but the forbidden romance that’s grown between them.
This book is definitely different from other paranormal books I’ve read. Windwalking and sylphs are not something I’ve read at all on YA and I am really happy about something unique and new. Not only is this book different but Messenger did a fabulous job of writing about it! There is great world building as well as a wonderful introduction into the world of wind. Each wind has a specific characteristic that makes it different and this falls over into the personalities of its members. Every sylph is part of a family that is named after a wind direction and learn the language of that wind to be able to control it. There is a chance to learn other languages but a sylph will always be strongest in their native tongue. On top of this book being written wonderfully, there were some plot twists that I was not expecting and therefore was pleasantly surprised. I seriously cannot wait to see what book 2 has hidden in its pages!
Audra was great character. A times she was strong but she also had a vulnerable side that made her more relatable. She feels the need to follow rules/orders based on mistakes she made in the past but at the same time she is a teenage. She blames herself for a huge mistake in her past that she doesn’t leave too, for herself to make mistakes.
I actually loved Vane’s character. I read a few reviews that people felt he was written too over the top with some of his more “masculine” moments but I would bet that a good handful of teenage boys have similar thoughts. Yes he could have been written as the good boy who would never think of what a girl looks like undressed but how realistic is that? That being said he was never crude and Messenger always wrote just enough to get the idea of where his thoughts were going.
Don’t let me forget about the romance it his book! I was swooning hardcore for these two. The romance between Audra and Vane is forbidden for many reasons and yet they feel a connection to each other that cannot be denied. I love seeing a romance that builds ever before anything physical happens. This pairing is steamy and I cannot wait to see where book 2 takes them!