Evil spirits, star-crossed lovers, and duty...which will prevail?
Wren, the daughter of a Nimiipuu chief, loves the mountain and her people--the Lake Nimmipuu. When a warrior from the enemy Blackleg tribe asks for her hand in marriage to bring peace between the tribes, she knows it is how she must fulfill her vision quest. But she is torn between duty and her breaking heart.
Himiin, as spirit of the mountain, watches over all the creatures on his mountain, including the Nimiipuu. When Wren shows no fear of him as a white wolf, he listens to her secret fears and loses his heart to the mortal maiden. Respecting her people's beliefs, he must watch her leave the mountain with the Blackleg warrior.
When an evil spirit threatens Wren's life, Himiin rushes to save her. But to leave the mountain means he'll turn to smoke...
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Wren loves the mountain and the people of the Nimiipuu. A warrior asks for her hand in marriage saying the Blackleg tribe wishes peach with the Nimiipuu. But the Blacklegs are know to be trickster and not keep their word. Wren does not want to marry him. But for reasons she does for the sake of her people. Just like the enemy of our soul, sometimes what looks good isn't. Indians believe spirits dwell in the animals and nature around them. So they hold nature in high regard. I've known this all my life since my Great Grandma was full blooded Indian. Himiin is a spirit of the Mountain. He appears as a beautiful white wolf. He is to watch over the Nimiipuu nation. Wren walks right up to Himiin without fear. She tells him her fears. She does not wish to marry the Blackleg Warrior. But Himiin must allow what is best for the people. The book will hold your interest from first page to last. It is labeled Paranormal. But what I liked about it was reading about the plight of the Indian nation and their ways. I was taught to love the fact I was part Indian. But remember it is fiction. There are good and evil spirits at work in this world.
Spirit of the Mountain, a fascinating tale of love, legend, and lore with an added flavor of the supernatural, immerses the reader into late eighteenth century northwest American Indian culture. Wren, the daughter of Chief Proud and Tall of the Nimiipuu, has a special connection with the mountain where the tribe summers each year. On this mountain, she received a grand "gift" when she went on her vision quest at age nine. In her vision, she saw a white wolf with blue eyes that influences much of the action in the story. Wren, opinionated, strong-willed, and intelligent, falls in disfavor with her father often, but she vows to be true to her vision and her people and do what she must to save them, even if she must give up her greatest desire. Her relationship with the Spirit of the Mountain, a shape-shifting spirit, is beguiling and soul stirring. Himiin, the Spirit of the Mountain, performs his duties in the form of a white wolf most of the time, but when he shifts to human form, he is a magnificent, breathtaking creature with flaxen hair and blue eyes. His reaction to the mortal Wren is magical and brings to mind "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." The connect Wren and Himiin have is compelling. The supporting characters, like his spirit siblings and the Nimiipuu tribe, add tension, concern, and conflict to the plot. Of course, the antagonists: the Blacklegs, Hawk, and the Black Spirit, add a dark, cruel, sinister texture to the plot. They create a living hell for Wren and Himiin that keeps the reader turning pages to see how they overcome such evil. Paty Jager uses exquisite imagery and descriptions that are breathtaking. The reader's senses are engaged to the fullest. Whether enraptured with the vista of the mountain or horrified by the degradation in the cold, dark cave, the reader's vicariously shares the experience. The paranormal elements she uses seem believable and add a mysterious magic to the story. The Indians words distracted a little, but they do give the story a unique flavor. The lore and legends woven into the story add a special richness. This trip into the paranormal certainly takes readers away from the usual and lures them into a world that pulsates with passion and possibilities of "what-if". Spirit of the Mountain is captivating. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews