The Bone Whistle

Young, brash Darly can’t overcome her anger at a father she never knew. Viv, her secretive mother, can’t get over the man himself. What Darly doesn’t know, and what Viv refuses to tell her, is that her father is not of human blood. One of the elusive wanaghi, the fey-like folk who live beneath the Dakotan hills, he left Viv to return to his own kind before realizing that she would bear his child. When the gift of a bone whistle brings Darly’s father to her, she finally discovers who he is. She decides, against her mother’s advice, to follow him to his land under the hills. There she meets the rest of her family . . . and a young man who steals her heart. Even knowing the dangers, Darly can’t help but fall in love and into the intriques of the wanaghi.

Praise for The Bone Whistle

The Bone Whistle is a refreshing take on a genre that has been inundated in recent years…The wanaghi’s world under the hill is similar to the world of Faerie, but also different enough to give the wanaghi their own individuality that sets them apart from other fey. Because of this, The Bone Whistle —Book Loons

A lovely fantasy story. I loved the inclusions of Native American legends into the plot. These themes, are explained extremely well, for those not familiar with them without being to simplistic sounding.

—Front Street Reviews

The Bone Whistle moves along quickly and is packed with action until the last page. Darly is a likable heroine, but there are other characters that steal the novel. Mni, a wanaghi who appears as a small human girl or a large bird, is a great character and her mischievous ways liven up the book.


This is a novel that has a unique perspective on Faerie and on Native American legends, and combining them brings this story a refreshing setting for readers jaded by the flood of western European medieval fantasy novels. The author’s ancestry also sidesteps the cultural appropriation question, a topic of heated discussion in some circles in recent years… what keeps a reader in the book are the characters and the setting; we can see ourselves in YellowBoy’s people, and the world created in the novel is at least different enough to draw readers along, just to see what the author does with it.

—The Broadsheet

The Bone Whistle is a fascinating book that deals with an enthralling subject matter in a superb manner. Eva Swan succeeds in making the alternate world seem real and touchable, yet just far enough out of reach that the protagonist needs to actively grab a hold of it and all it offers. Young readers will enjoy the changing narrators that speak of the events as the story takes place, while the romance aficionados will also get their due. A great book for the enjoyment of those who like to sit down with a good fantasy read that incorporates Native American lore cleverly overset with the old Celtic mythology of the little people.

—Round Table Reviews

This book is a stunner. Much like a steaming espresso, it’s a great shot of really hot, really tight fiction poured into small package that packs a hard punch. And I must say, it’s about damn time we heard something from this sector. Faery fiction is always flooding out of places like the British Isles and France. Even Asia and the Viking-lands have their own faery stories, but it’s rare to hear anything from the Native American side. I truly enjoyed this piece.

—Book Fetish

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