Author: Gail Carson Levine
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2008.
Olus is the Akkan god of the winds, but he longs for more than the life of a god. He wants friendship, love, and more than anything to not be lonely anymore. Kezi lives a good life with her family, but when her mother is struck ill, her father makes a bargain with the gods that will ultimately cost Kezi her life. But perhaps, with the love of a god, she can find a way to break this promise her father made, and live a life of happiness with the one she loves. But before that can happen, both face difficult quests and their deepest fears so that the other can have what they wish.
A well written book, a bit of a departure from the books that she normally writes. The book aptly intertwines issues of love and family with religious themes and the questions of belief. The characters are well written and developed and the story appeals to tweens especially do to the fairy tale aspect of it.
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Reading level: 8th-9th Grade
Similar Books: Ella Enchanted
Personal thoughts- good book, but not necessarily my cup of tea, though I like her other books
Subjects/themes- Gods, winds, immortality, love, friendship
Kezi- makes a sacrifice which might cost her life
Olus- wants to find a way to mix both of his worlds
Annotation: Being a god can be a drag.