Loyalty, Dogs, and Native Spiritual Beliefs


If you enjoy spiritual, adventure, friendship, and/or loyalty stories, then check out "Arctic Storm&qu

If you enjoy spiritual, adventure, friendship, and/or loyalty stories, then check out "Arctic Storm" by Joanne Sundell.

      In 1908, a thirteen-year-old Siberian Chukchi native called Anya has started to see and hear spirits more than usual, though she has been hearing them her whole life, as she is a medium and is able to go between the spirit world and the human world (The spirits have been more active than usual because there is a war going on between the good and evil spirits).


She was pretty much raised by the huskies, and now has husky-born instincts. When her harsh lifelong guardian takes her to be traded, he tries to trade her and the dogs she loves to different people. But Anya outwits him, and stows away on the ship the dogs are on.


While on it, she meets a sixteen-year-old boy named Rune who is as unique as she is, though she doesn't know it yet: Anya and Rune are the only two people on Earth who can help win the battle of spirits, one way or another.


        When they reach the destination — Nome — they unload, but Rune and the new owner of the dogs leave Anya alone. She eventually finds the owner, and then Rune, after he was saved from the brink of death by the nine dogs.


Anya finds out that the owner plans to race the dogs in a 240-mile race, and finally agrees to help, after getting another warning from her grandmother's spirit.

         Rune plans to be the sled driver in the race, and for once, the fate of the dogs is in someone else's hands. But somehow the owner dies on the way to register for the race. Anya and Rune are sure it wasn't caused by a natural cause. They think the evil spirits that they are battling against caused it.

           Once they register, Anya and Rune figure out that they both have been hearing spirits. It is time. It begins. Now Rune and the nine dogs have to win and Anya has to let them go to save them all.

       I would recommend this book for anyone aged 11 and up because anyone under eleven might not understand parts of the book, since it had a fair amount of other languages (and, yes, a glossary), and problems that people under the age of 11 probably wouldn't get.


The whole book is a story of friendship and loyalty, and, most of all, trust. All in all, I wasn't disappointed with this trilogy starter, and I don't think many people will be.