Words in the Wind

Words in the Wind

by Yvonne Anderson


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Dassa's landing craft crashes on Gannah 10,000 kilometers from the settlement just as a blizzard sets in. Injured, she takes refuge from the storm in Ruwach Gorge. In the ancient Gannahan language, ruwach means both “wind” and “spirit,” and Dassa’s not sure which meaning applies. Seeking food and shelter, she seems supernaturally led to an older-than-old stronghold she recognizes from ancient legends—stories she’s been taught were myths. As she explores, she uncovers indisputable evidence that many things she thought she knew are in error.

At the settlement, her husband, Pik, must not only try to find her, but he also must take charge in her absence. Rebellious settlers and a wayward daughter make it difficult enough. But when the animals threaten to break the ancient treaty and resume the old Wildlife Wars, Pik’s hard-pressed to hold things together. He’s afraid that if he ever manages to find Dassa, she’ll have no home to return to.

Alone in the mysterious canyon where reality and fairytale are flipped, Dassa wonders the same thing. Though separated, she and Pik learn together whom to trust and what leads to death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946985026
Publisher: Gannah's Gate
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Series: Gateway to Gannah , #2
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

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Words in the Wind 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Scott Albert for Readers' Favorite "Words in the Wind" by Yvonne Anderson is the second book of the 'Gateway to Gannah' series. It continues a storyline that I think would make more sense had I started with book one. This should definitely be considered Christian/religious science fiction. With a female protagonist named Dassa, this story takes readers on a ride deep into space and time to explore what happens when science fiction joins Christianity in an adventure that exists internally as well as externally. This often allegorical story captivates readers with detailed imagery and realistic characterization. I recommend reading this series in order. I love science fiction, but this story had me scratching my head sometimes. Since I read this out of order, there were some terminology issues (half-Earthish), ideas (meahs and toqephs) and confusing references (Kankakar Era, SMEs, the New Gannah) that made my suspension of disbelief difficult at times. The trouble with reading this out of order was that the ending also seemed to leave so many questions unanswered. Even my reading of the two plot lines, from Dassa and from Pic, needed to be tied together. I think the overt Christian themes, with numerous “God willing”s, “Yea Lord, As Thou willest it”, and frequent Biblical language, “Art thou…”, “Nay”, “thou wouldst, wouldst thou not”, etc., were sometimes excessive. That aside, I found this story creative and engaging; a moderate read at almost 300 pages. Anderson presents a unique perspective, but did fall back on some Trek-ish plot devices. Her distinctive voice and perspective did lend a wonderful twist to the genre. The political intrigue, animals talking and plotting, and the emotional aspects of one’s struggle for survival, are all woven together effectively to create inspirational Christian Sci-Fi.
Dr-Ley More than 1 year ago
Formal Review Anderson is rapidly becoming one of my all time favorite authors. Her writing is witty, imaginative, and completely plausible. For my faith the Bible is the only source; for poetry I have Byron, Keats, Shelley, and of course Shakespeare; for mystery I have Arthur Conan Doyle and James Patterson; for sci-fi I have Asimov, Verne, and Bradbury, and for Christian Fiction Yvonne Anderson has already claimed her position in my top ten. There are many reasons for Anderson’s appeal. Although not known as a Satirist, I would have to say that the uncanny perceptions prevalent in her work truly bear the hallmark of maturity as a writer and demonstrate the enviable skill to portray reality through the eyes of a Christian and the heart of true adventurer. Not since the Foundation Trilogy have I found myself so engrossed in a story or expectant of what will happen next. It is nearly impossible to separate The Story in the Stars and Words in the Wind in writing a review; to do so would undoubtedly detract from the full impact of the story and would be in similitude to discussing Sodium and Chlorine separately instead of the richness of salt and its immeasurable impact on humanity. I sincerely hope others will understand and appreciate my dilemma. In fact, I’m sure they will after reading Yvonne Anderson’s books!
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
I admit that I liked Words in the Wind a bit more than I did The Story in the Stars. Maybe it was because I knew what to expect and had grown accustomed to the imagery and themes that Ms. Anderson uses in this series. Once again I was pulled into the story right off the bat, and my interest held the whole way through. However, I have to say that I think the story could have benefitted from more heightened tension. Although there were all these crazy risky things happening, I never once felt genuine worry that it wouldn’t be ok, and therefore didn’t have the necessary emotional satisfaction when it was. The payoff is there, just not as powerful as I think the potential was. But a well-written and riveting story that is sure to please fans of the genre. I’m actually really looking forward to the third novel in this series to see where it all takes us.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
A very worthy follow up to the “Story in the Stars”, “Words in the Wind” wastes no time getting right back into the action and putting Dassa in perilous situations. Again I was really impressed with this amazing story and world that the author Yvonne Anderson has created. I’d never really considered myself a “sci-fi” fan, but these books are so easy to read and really suck me in. I guess I’m a convert now. I’m not sure if I would say that this book should be read on its own without having read the first one, but I highly recommend both of them. Fans of Fantasy/ SciFi, and especially Christian fiction will NOT be disappointed!
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
This is one of the more unique series I’ve read in a long time, and I really appreciate the thought and care the author puts into her world building and the scenery. I really feel like I am there in the story every step of the way, as opposed to it just being “told” to me by the narrator. I can picture the characters and the setting perfectly, but never feel weighed down by *too* much descriptions. For people who haven’t read the first book in the “Gateway to Gannah” series (Story in the stars), I’d probably suggest that you do that before reading this one. But it is a marvelous book and I loved it! It’s appropriate for most all ages and has a Christian theme, as well as Science-fiction and fantasy. A wonderful book and I’m ready to read the next!
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
"Words in the Wind” by Yvonne Anderson is the second book in the “Gateway to Gannah” series. I read the first one a few months ago and LOVED it, so I was eager to read the next one and see where Dassa’s journey continued. Well, I’m happy to say that I enjoyed this one as much as (if not more so) than the first! I could tell that Ms. Anderson’s writing style had gotten even stronger, and had more confidence. Once again Dassa is a great heroine that we can relate to and admire, and she is forced into some pretty dangerous and precarious situations. The pacing was great from beginning to end and I read this whole book in only a few nights. Great tension and action and I can’t wait to read the third one!!
PeregrinGM More than 1 year ago
Christian speculative fiction view frequently is poorly written, often romance masquerading as sci-fi with an awkward conversion scene thrown in. Yvonne Anderson’s “Gateway to Gannah” series soars as far above the others as a League starship. Even readers who don’t particularly care for sci-fi or speculative fiction will enjoy these well-written and inventive stories about life (and death!) on the planet Gannah. Anderson’s creativity and storytelling skills immediately pull the reader in and through exciting adventures of realistic and interesting characters. While the plot propels the reader forward as quickly as a Gannahan toppeller, frequent literary gems and credible faith allusions cause the reader to pause in admiration. This captivating story incorporates Christian truths in a believable, and even delightful, way. This is Christian speculative fiction at its best