'Windswept' continues new fantasy series
"Windswept" by Jadie Jones is the second book in a beautifully written young adult/new adult fantasy series, full of reincarnation, immortal villains, horses, a strong heroine and a hunky hero.
What more could a book need? Jones has a talent for making readers stay up past their bedtime to find out what will happen in the life of 18-year-old Tanzy Hightower, once she discovers there's an Unseen World. She's destined to play a pivotal role in a war between the world we know and the one in the shadows.
New adult is a relatively new genre of books. These titles are geared toward readers in college and those just graduated, who are trying to deal with all the adult world has to offer, such as getting a job, finding love and living on your own. The main character is generally between the ages of 18 and 25.
In the first book, "Moonlit," Tanzy deals with real-life problems while she works hard on a horse farm, her passion. Her father died mysteriously, and her mother turned to alcohol in her grief for the past three years. Tanzy also knows she should never go beyond the tree line outside the pasture because strange things can happen.
One night, a terrible accident occurs that almost kills her. When Tanzy wakes up, she's in a hospital and suddenly befriended by the perfect and beautiful Vanessa and the handsome, scarred Lucas. After these two lead her around for a while, she realizes that life goes a little deeper than she thought, and she can't even trust the blood in her veins.
In the second book, "Windswept," released in July, Tanzy recovers from the world revealed to her at the end of "Moonlit," which was literally jaw-dropping. One of the worst secrets she discovers is that she plays the most crucial role in the plot by Asher (the supreme, evil ruler of the Unseen World) to take over everything. He has been destroying her life for centuries, and she knows only one way to finally defeat him, even though it may also hurt some of the people she loves most.
Book one sets up who the characters are and much of the fantasy world; book two focuses on Tanzy finding allies — she has no idea whom to trust because nothing is as it seems. She wants to save Lucas from Asher and possibly seal off the Unseen World forever, which is what no one else wants — on either side. She misses her mother who has to stay in Unseen. While figuring out what she needs to do, other women, whom Asher tried to control and destroy at some point, join together and train Tanzy to use her instincts to fight bad guys who can materialize right in front of her eyes.
Book two becomes a nonstop page-turner about halfway through, and I couldn't put it down, while I raced to find out what was going to happen. Will Tanzy and Lucas stay together? When will Asher rear his ugly head? Are the women that Tanzy has been trusting and living with really trustworthy, or are they going to stab her in the back, too? Who will survive?
Book two ends on another cliffhanger, which Jones does well. She is planning to finish Tanzy's story in book three, which is already being written.
Jones lives with her family in Georgia, and she knows horses. She has been working with them since she was 12 years old, and has a bachelor's degree in equine management. Besides her family, Jones states that she has two loves, books and horses. Both are apparent in her writing.
Do yourself a favor this summer and check out this wonderful, new fantasy series with strong female characters and horses!
Margo L. Dill is celebrating the release of her second novel, "Caught Between Two Curses," a young-adult novel exploring love, family and the Curse of the Billy Goat on the Cubs. She also is the author of "Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg," a middle-grade historical fiction novel. She lives in St. Louis with her family.