By K.M. Baginski
Series: A Windstalker Story
Paperback: 317 pages
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
Publisher: Createaspace / Self Published
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ✰ ( 4 out of 5 Stars )
Drew Royce was a lot of things he didn't want to be. A murderer, rapist and ex-Windstalker. His humanity was poorly spent; and all he has after his taste of the supernatural is a battered and ignored soul. The weight of his actions visit him each night as proof he must still be alive. But now, even as an abducted criminal, kept ward by an evolved Nephilim race and used as a weapon against their enemy, he still has to defeat the beast who stole his humanity - himself.
The entire concept of Windstalkers is fascinating and I fell in love with the whole idea. Windstalkers are basically a race of Nephilim created by the angel Samyaza. These creatures can control the wind, materialize in and out of existence, and travel long distances in the blink of an eye. They also transform into wind to feed on human organs, killing their victims violently. I loved every bit of blood and death that Miss Baginski threw at me.
The story itself was written well. The plot never got boring, and I found myself unable to put this book down. The reader goes on an adventure with Drew, a former Windstalker turned human. He is ashamed of the things he did as a Windstalker, including rape and torture, not to mention the murder of many innocent humans. This is his one chance to put to rest the deadly beast inside of himself. He has been semi-kidnapped by a group called the Alliance. The Alliance exists to keep the Nephilim species in line, and they assign a death sentence to any that kill innocent humans. Drew should have died. The reason why they chose to save him is revealed throughout the story, in bits and pieces. The Alliance assign him an operative who basically hides him away on a farm in the middle of nowhere. There, he discovers the new human version of himself, and begins to let go of some of the guilt that haunts him. The beautiful young lady, Amelia, daughter of the owner is a wonderful distraction as well. I liked Amelia's character immediately. She was herself in all ways, and didn't care who knew it.
I loved the twists and turns that the author wove throughout this adventure. And that ending: holy hell! I wasn't ready! My only issue is that it needed to be edited a bit more. There were many missed words and typos throughout the story. I'm a huge grammar and spelling perfectionist and I kept finding myself wanting to circle things with my imaginary red pen. This series really does have an amazing future in the fantasy world, and I hope that Miss Baginski continues writing additional Windstalker books! If you are a fantasy reader and want a new, fresh twist on the Angels/Nephilim world, this is the book for you!
About K.M. Baginski
When not teaching science to middle-schoolers, K. M. Baginski enjoys reading and writing fiction. It was not always her dream to write but she believes serendipity likes to dwell with dreamers and the hyper-imaginative. Since childhood, she can remember entertaining helfself and family with tales extended from television or movies. She was also quite the vivid-dreamer, recalling episodes she'd only seen in dreams as if she were present in a different dimension. So when enough of those experiences added up, she decided to commit them to pen and paper.
Windstalker began as a vivid dream she had as a new adult. In it were shapeshifting, wind creatures who, quite beautifully, were filled with expressions of longing, loneliness yet embodied the anger and bitterness that come with condemnation. They were destined to be misshapen, powerful and fearsome, while wishing for the opportunity to become fragile humans. While it may not be a story for everyone, it was certainly one she wanted to share with other hyper-imaginatives, like herself.