Review of Wings of the Wind: Beautiful Biblical Fiction from Connilyn Cossette

Last year I was introduced to author Connilyn Cossette when I had the opportunity to review her first book Counted with the Stars. The book is biblical fiction set during the time of the plagues in Egypt. I was immediately drawn in by Connilyn’s very relatable and very compelling characters and by her story telling abilities.

Since then I’ve also had the opportunity to review the second book in the series: Shadow of the Storm, another read I thoroughly enjoyed. The newest book- Wings of the Wind– in the series has just been released, and I was anxiously awaiting its arrival in my mail box.

Review of Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

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About the Book

This series of books has followed the Israelites as they left Egypt after the ten plagues and through their times wandering in the wilderness. In Wings of the Wind, they’ve made their way to Canaan after forty years of wandering, and they are beginning to battle to take over the land.
Alanah, a Canaanite woman, has joined the battle outside of her city disguised as a man. Her father and brothers were killed in battle with the Hebrews, and she is out for revenge and then certain death. But when she’s wounded on the field of battle she’s found by a Hebrew man, Tobiah.
Tobiah realizes that he’s found a woman on the battlefield and takes her to his tent to hide her. He gets help from Shira, the midwife, because the doctors are all busy nursing the Hebrew wounded. Shira encourages Tobiah to keep the Hebrew law and marry the woman after thirty-days so that she’ll be protected from other soldiers and from the harsh lands around the Hebrews.
Alanah isn’t sure she really wants to stay with a Hebrew man, but she needs to stay until she’s completely healed. And so she is assimilated into the camp and begins to learn about Yahweh- a God very different from the god of her people.

My Thoughts

I’m always a bit wary of biblical fiction. On the one hand, a good story that is set during biblical times can help us to really relate to the time period and to gain a better understanding of what was going on at the time. On the other hand, I do not like fictional stories that are set in biblical times but have events that aren’t truly biblical. I don’t want the events or the characters to be contrary to what we know is true in Scripture.
All of the books in this Out from Egypt series have definitely fallen into the first category. Throughout the readingI’ve come to have a better understanding of the events surrounding the Exodus and God’s protection of His people through their wanderings in the wilderness. 
I’ve thought about what it must have been like to be one of the Hebrew people, brought out from bondage in Egypt and learning to totally trust God in the wilderness. I’ve seen through the eyes of those in a generation that didn’t remember Egypt but were born in the wilderness and had grown up living in tents and following the pillar of cloud.
Nothing in any of these books has been contrary to Scripture. The characters, the events, the conversations have all enhanced what I know about the events from the Bible, not contradicting any of it.
In Wings of the Wind, readers meet Alanah. She’s a compelling heroine who comes to know the ways of the Hebrew people and who has an individual experience with their God- Yahweh. She, along with Tobiah and the secondary characters, is very well-developed. There is a good balance among the action, the dialogue, and the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters.
The point of view alternates between that of Tobiah and that of Alanah in first person. It’s a good style for this book because it helps the reader to see what’s going on through the perspective of Tobiah, a Hebrew man who has always wondered in the wilderness with his people and Alanah, a Canaanite woman in the land the Hebrews are coming to conquer.
This book, like the others, thoroughly drew me in with a powerful, compelling story. I loved Alanah and Tobiah and thought about them even when I couldn’t be reading the book. (If you’re a reader, you know what I mean.) I wanted to finish the story, to find out how things worked out in each of their relationships with God and also in their relationship with each other, but I was also sad to finish because it meant this story was over…for now.
Although this is the third book in the series, I think you could easily read these as stand-alone books. The events, of course, follow chronologically. But the characters are separate- especially in this book- and their stories could be read individually, although you may get some spoilers for the previous books.
Wings of the Wind is one I can definitely recommend. I loved it as I loved the previous books. I give it five stars and a PG rating for content. (There are references to temple prostitutes in the story, but there isn’t anything inappropriate at all.) You can find the book on Amazon here, and you can read a sample of the Kindle version below.

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