There is something intriguing about historical fiction novels set in Biblical times, and Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette is no exception. The book takes place in 1407 BC and focuses on Alanah, a Canaanite woman, and Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior. Though the novel is centered in a far different culture and time period than my own, the characters are relatable, and they share many of the same struggles as people today. Not only is Wind of the Wings a gripping story, but the reader can obtain a good amount of Biblical history while reading this book.
I liked observing Alanah and Tobiah’s interactions, and it was interesting to see Alanah learn more about the Israelites’ way of life. I admired Alanah’s inner strength and resilience; she did not fit into the societal gender norms of women during her time, but she did not let that stop her from being fierce and assertive – and skilled with a bow and arrow. As a love interest, Tobiah complements Alanah, and partnered with the book’s political, historical, and Biblical plotlines, the love story adds a special element to the book.