About the Book
title: Dark of the West (Glass Alliance #1)
author: Joanna Hathaway
publisher: Tor Teen
release date: 5 February 2019
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 Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.
Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe.
About the Author
Joanna was born in Montréal and is an avid storyteller who was inspired to write after reading her great-grandfather’s memoirs of the First World War. A lifelong history buff, she now has shelves filled with biographies and historical accounts, and perhaps one too many books about pilots. She can often be found reading, traveling, or riding horses.
Her debut novel, DARK OF THE WEST (Tor Teen, February 5th, 2019), is the first in a WWII-infused fantasy series of forbidden love and deadly revenge.
I was excited to read this debut and I’m so glad I was able to read it for this tour! I loved the mixture of fantasy and historical elements, and really enjoyed the resulting setting and story! Joanna Hathaway has instantly become a new favorite author, and I’m excited to see more of this series!
At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the characters, especially Aurelia, but as the story went on, I realized that her annoying behavior was necessary because she undergoes a large dose of growing up and her character growth was well done and I actually really liked reading about her in the last half!
**Disclosure: I received an early e-copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of this blog tour. This review is voluntary on my part and reflects my honest rating and review.
About the Giveaway
Ten (10) lucky winners will each receive a finished copy of Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway! This one is US only and ends 18 February 2019. Enter via the Rafflecopter below, and good luck!
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