Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

Dark of the West

byJoanna Hathaway

Kobo ebook | February 5, 2019

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"A novel of court intrigue and action-packed military adventure,"* Joanna Hathaway's Dark of the West, is a breathtaking YA fantasy debut--first in the Glass Alliance series.

A pilot raised in revolution. A princess raised in a palace. A world on the brink of war.

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.

“Heart-pounding . . . will leave the reader wanting more.”—*#1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz

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Title:Dark of the WestFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:February 5, 2019Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765396432

ISBN - 13:9780765396433

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite YA novel WHAT DID I JUST READ? I simply loved this book! I was in love with this novel by the end of the prologue. (It's a very powerful prologue.) It was a 5-star read by the end of chapter 1. By page 150, I was ready to start leaving 5-star reviews everywhere. Needless to say, this is going on my list of top YA novels ever. And I don't say that lightly; there are only two other mainstream book series on there. (Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle series and Laine Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, in case you're wondering.) This isn't a fantasy novel in the truest sense of the word. There's no magic, no monsters, no mythical creatures. It's a historical WWII-themed military adventure set in an alternate universe that's full of wonderful characters, court intrigue, and politics. You'll be sucked in by the end of chapter one (because that's where you meet Athan and Athan is the best!). And I honestly don't think I've ever read a better prologue. There isn't a word for how much I loved this book. It was spectacular. Everything worked so well: the characters, the plot, the secrets, the world-building. I'm so excited for the second book, whenever that's scheduled for release, but I do fear for my favourite character's life. The plot was intriguing, although I will admit that some of the political stuff went right over my head. Not because it was badly explained, but because politics goes right over my head in real life...in fiction too, apparently. *shrugs* The world-building was expertly woven in. The main characters (Athan and Aurelia) were interesting, complex, flawed, sympathetic. They make bad decisions, they don't question things enough, but at their cores, they're good people just trying to do the right thing the best way they know how. And that best way, right now, doesn't have them on the same side. Five million stars for this brilliantly complex story with so many layers, the beautiful prose and fresh writing, and the characters I couldn't help falling in love with.
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Dark of the West is a great debut novel, and a promising start to a new trilogy! It's got politics and a complex plot, family drama and friendships, action and intrigue, forbidden romance and overtones of tragedy overshadowing everything. The prologue is an interesting stylistic choice, as the way it's written could be hit or miss depending on the person. I found it a bit confusing on the first read, but it sets the tone for the rest of the novel, as it takes place after the events of this book. Being able to reread the prologue after finishing the book definitely gives you a different frame of reference with which to view it! The dual POVs are well done; I preferred Athan's chapters at first but eventually came to like Aurelia as well. Their romance shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's read the synopsis, but I liked how it was written: not insta-love and not exactly a slow burn, but somewhere inbetween. I also liked how the secret identity was written - none of what happened feels forced; the slip-ups feel natural and there is an attention to little things that I appreciate. Both characters grow throughout the course of the book, and it leaves me excited to see how they will develop in the sequel, and eventually reach the point of the prologue. I liked the friendship Athan and Cyar had, and the complexities of sibling relationships are also accurately portrayed in both POVs. There is a large cast of varied characters, and they feel real, make the world feel populated and give it nuance. There are a few things that bothered me: the names of places, cardinal directions, and titles are thrown around so much that it's a bit confusing to start off. It takes a while to establish the general politics and situation between the countries of the North/South, and I feel that this could've been made clearer in general. Mentions of God choosing the Northern kings feel rather out of place and unsupported, because religion is practically absent from the book. I was also a bit skeptical of the possibility that Athan and Aurelia wouldn't have known of the other before meeting: as the children of such important people, wouldn't their names, at least, be more widely known? However, for the most part, I was enthralled while reading and found it relatively easy to overlook these things when other elements of the book were so well done. The General is a great antagonist, and there are so many unrevealed mysteries that remain around him, his wife, and Sinora, as well as Seath. I really enjoyed the emphasis on military strategy and the complicated plot of deception and revolution. I'm sure the sequel will be amazing, and I can't wait!
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fresh YA Fantasy I adored this book and its unique premise inspired by WW2. A breath of fresh air for the YA fantasy genre.
Date published: 2019-02-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: Trigger warning: Mention of war and death. Till the point I read. DNF 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 down. I recommend. I really think this is going to be a hit with others.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mini review on GR! Mini review: Trigger warning: Mention of war and death. Till the point I read. DNF 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 down. I recommend. I really think this is going to be a hit with others.
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is going to be amazing! Joanna conjures words in a gripping, beautiful way that makes it impossible to look away from. I'm so excited for May and to get my hands on an actual copy of this book!! If you love fantasy and historical or just YA books in general, this book needs to go on your pre-order list!
Date published: 2017-12-07