He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war? Code Name Verity meets The Winner's Curse in Joanna Hathaway's Dark of the West, a breathtaking YA fantasy debut.Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athans mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced its the work of his old rival, the Queen of EtaniaAurelias mother. Determined to avenge his wifes murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.Athans mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl hes been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening ...
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Dark of the West Reviews
The is one of the best -- if not the best -- young adult series I've read in a long time. It has everything: war, love, action, spies, intrigue and it's political and smart. The author has clearly done her research on WWI and WW2 geopolitics in creating this fascinating world and even more fascinating characters. (I've been lucky enough to review an early copy of book 2, and yes, it gets better.)
Oh, and did I mention Hathaway's gorgeous prose? It's got that too. I don't say this lightly, but th ...more
We're less than a month away from release (!) and I want to share a few things I've been getting questions about on Instagram:
1) Yes, there will be a map in the final copy! It really helps with tracking the various kingdoms and political games. (ETA: You can now view the map here: http://www.joannachathaway.com/map )
2) This is not a standalone book and the Glass Alliance series will continue beyond Dark of the West! (I recently discovered you can add the sequel here: https://www.goo ...more
This book has been on my radar ever since I learned earlier last year that it’s comp title was The Winner's Curse. Comp titles, or comparison titles, are 1-2 similar titles to the book. (Think of it as “If you liked these titles, you’d like [this book].”) Along with TWC, the other comp title is Code Name Verity, which is a book I haven’t read but one I’ve heard.
Anywho, DotW was pushed back by almost a full year when it got a cover redesign. There are some ARCs still floating around with the old ...more
Trigger warning: Mention of war and death. Till the point I read.
I received this E-ARC via Macmillan-Tor/Forge and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have heard and seen this book everywhere. When I saw it on Netgalley I got curious and requested it. Unfortunately it wasn’t for me.
The writing style for one of the main characters’ point of view was off. It started to irk me. And it was taking a long time to process what I just read. Which is one I decided to put it dow ...more
He was raised in revolution. She was raised in a palace. Can their love stop a war?
This book has all the right elements I'm interested in. It is a war story which I don't read often but fascinated at. It is an undercover/spy story turns a love story, you know, that kind of trope. I LOVE IT. I was really looking forward to this book and I can say it somehow delivered. Somehow. Here's the thing, there were times I got bored reading this, especially in the first two-thirds of the story. ...more
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Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway is unlike any fantasy I’ve read before. The book features espionage, forbidden romance, and aviation, which is such any amazing combination. I enjoyed both of the main characters, and the writing is impressive. I would definitely recommend this one as it is an original high fantasy.
This book tells the story of a pilot and a princess torn apart by politics. Athan is the son of a powerful general, and Aurelia is the daughter of the ...more
I feel like I’m just not the right audience for this book? It’s a YA book and it’s almost WWI-ish with the world developments (planes + guns + such), but in a fictional world with lots of politics.
Huge emphasis on the lots. So much politics. And fictional countries. And political maneuvers because ~war~.
I was attracted to this book because of the cover and because friends liked it, but I feel like I’m just not the right person for this book? It’s almost niche in the way that the people w ...more
One of my favorite books. Ever.
The story is driven as Athan, son of a fearsome military leader, is sent to spy on princess Aurelia. Too often in fantasy love stories do I see the romantic plot take over, and a war just becomes a backdrop. Not here. In fact, it was the politics that really drew me in.
It begins with Athan's family, who each have their own specific talent of war. His father is a man who united ragtag nations and created a formidable army that continues to conquer. His oldest brothe ...more