Dark of the West

Dark of the West

by Joanna Hathaway

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765396433
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: Glass Alliance , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 92,800
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

JOANNA HATHAWAY is an avid storyteller and history buff whose writing is inspired by her great-grandfather’s involvement in the First World War. Born in Montréal, she now resides a bit further south, and can often be found enjoying a good book or watching airplanes in the sky.
Joanna Hathaway is an avid storyteller and history buff whose writing is inspired by her great-grandfather's participation in WWI. She loves traveling the globe, flying in airplanes, and is forever a “horse girl.” Born in Montréal, Canada, Hathaway now resides in Minnesota. Dark of the West is her debut novel.

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Dark of the West 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
NovelKnight 11 months ago
I'm. . . torn on Dark of the West. This book took me MONTHS to finish (when most books I read in a few days tops) and frequently lost my attention. Whether that was due to my reading mood or the book is a bit fuzzy because by the end, I knew I'd definitely read the sequel but it took so long to get to that point. The book alternates chapters between Aurelia, a princess living in a world where royalty is slowly transitioning out in parts of the world, and Athan, a pilot and son of a general hellbent on tearing everything down. I liked the contrast in perspectives between the two, though found I preferred Athan's chapters. Aurelia read too much like the stereotypical rebellious princess in the making and her character as a whole fell a bit flat for me. Athan, on the other hand, went through a number of moral dilemmas as his resolve was tested to the point of near-breaking. That growth made me want to root for him, to look forward to his scenes and the trouble he was bound to get into. Athan spends so much of the book between a rock and a hard place, and I enjoyed watching how he'd work through each situation. But at the end of the book, I liked both characters pretty equally and it was actually because of the prologue. Dark of the West opens with a scene set in the future beyond what the book will take you and, at first, once I got into chapter 1 and beyond, I didn't really understand the prologue. It wasn't until near the end when I realized its significance and it was like WHAM! I need the sequel! I actually went back and re-read the beginning as soon as I finished the last chapter. Talk about pre-planning. And it suddenly made Aurelia's character much more interesting too. I think where I really struggled with this book was the world. Let me start by saying I LOVED the WWII vibe it had. It's definitely its own fantasy world and all that but filled with guns and planes contrasting with riding horseback and using carriages and the mashing of the worlds (which fits for the era I think this was inspired by) intrigued me to no end. It also made Dark of the West stand out compared to other YA fantasies. So I was here for it. But WOW was the pacing slow. This book is heavy on the political intrigue and scheming which, while great and all, made it slow going for me. I really struggled to get into the story and everything going on, and for a while the only thing saving Dark of the West from a full-on DNF was the romance subplot (it wasn't like the BEST relationship but, again, that opening scene made me want to know more about Aurelia and Athan). When it comes to first books in series, especially debuts, my biggest deciding factor is whether or not I would pick up the sequel. For Dark of the West and the Glass Alliance series, I can say with absolute certainty that YES I will definitely be reading the sequel. This book wasn't a total win for me and I definitely struggled to get through it but the ending and everything starting to come together made up for it.
QueenAlchemy More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. This review MAY contain spoilers. This book really impressed me. I admit that it took me longer to get into the story that I would have liked, but once I dug my feet in I was hooked. Hathaway's writing style is so fluent and beautiful that it is hard to walk away from. I enjoyed her writing voice. If I am being honest, the writing felt like it fell somewhere between young adult and adult. Her storytelling is marvelous! This book felt very unique to me as far as fantasy books go. This book had a feel of World War Two in a fictional world with various royalty and militaries. It is certainly unlike anything that I've ever read. It really stands out. The world building took me a while to get straight in my head where all the countries and nations are concerned, but it was really phenomenal overall. The plot is clever and engaging. I loved all the espionage, rebellion, political intrigue, and overall mystery surrounding many of the characters and their loyalties. The way that the plot points are woven into the story is amazing. The characters in this book are intriguing and they grow on you quickly. Once you get inside their heads you will want to know more and more. I personally felt more connected to Athan's character than Aurelia's. I adored them both in their own ways, but I loved Athan's voice the most. I also enjoyed the romance between Aurelia and Athan. It is a very loose enemies-to-lovers trope. This book has a little bit of everything to love. There is family, friendship, war, love, royalty, military, politics, fighter pilots, military boys that don't know how to dance and princesses that teach them, and an original world with multiple nations. It is a book that will blow you away page after page. In the end, getting the nations and countries straight was a little difficult at first and caused a bit of confusion, but not enough to ruin the reading experience. I understood the characters and their motives and desires, but I did not feel overly connected to them. Everything else was pretty much golden. If you are looking for a different kind of fantasy read, something wholly unique, then this is the book for you. Hop on into the cockpit and give this one a try because it will get your engine roaring!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A spectacular debut by Joanna Hathaway with an expansive world, complex politics, extensive histories, breath taking areal battles and compelling characters. The world was detailed and well thought out and was the best part of the book. The writing style is great but it's a bit dense so it took me ages to get used to it. Where it shined was the descriptions of action especially the areal battles where I was literally holding my breath while reading. The more emotional moments were especially poignant. Overall I was incredibly satisfied with this and recommend this to everyone even if this doesn't seem like your thing. I received this as an e-arc from Netgalley (thank you Netgally and Macmillan-Tor/Forge) in exchange for an honest review
_magicbookdom_ More than 1 year ago
Dark Of The West by Joanna Hathaway 5⭐️ Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for an advance E-Arc in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. From the very beginning, this story gave me perfect fantasy feels. From mythical horses, airplane battles, politics and the perfect forbidden love story is absolutely fantastic. The setting and plot were well written and plotted perfectly. Athan Dakar; a pilot kept in line by his father who is also the general, Aurelia; a beautiful princess of the north who thrives for a better future. The in sight into both of there extremely different lives is so interesting and compelling that you NEED to know what happens next. As the story progresses, Athan and Aurelia have to fight for what’s right for themselves but what could also be right for the entire kingdoms. There are LOVE LETTERS!! A beautiful addition to a well written fantasy. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves fantasy, or honestly just loves a book that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Once you get yourself through this story I promise you, you will need the sequel quicker then it’ll be released. Ugh, my heart! ❤️ Joanna Hathaway did an amazing job and I can’t wait to see where this story goes!
Jennifer Stasi More than 1 year ago
For some reason when I started reading Dark of the West, I was picturing it in my head as a Ghibili style anime. Dark of the West has quite the expansive political element as well as a Romeo and Juliet style love story. There are twist and turns at every possible juncture and it keeps things moving. The plot is definitely expansive in not just the world building but the building of the politics for each nation. There were times I struggled to keep a grasp on who was doing what. I also kept mixing up who was Southern and was Northern. It’s one of those you need to consult a map for reference. It’s a story where you don’t really know who your enemy is. All you can do is trust the main POV’s that you know because you are at least seeing inside their heads. I thought this made all the characters really interesting. The most being the General and Sinora. I felt like they were playing their own separate skilled chess game. Moving their pieces long before anyone around them knew what was happening. As far as what’s going to happen next the story really keeps you on your toes. I loved loved Athan and Aurelia’s love story. They are probably one of my favorite couples now. The interactions and chemistry between them is the best thing ever. Plus everything just happens so naturally. The first part of the book gives a lot of their individual backstory before they actually meet. So you get the sense of where they are coming from when they finally do cross path. It’s largely them being underestimated by their families and trying to stay out of war that they really have no choice to be a part of. I also really love Athan and Cyar’s friendship. I really want to hang out with them. I really enjoyed the Dark of the West. Although the political parts could be confusing, I also think that’s what made them interesting. I loved the love story so much and worry for them in future books. Especially with the prologue but it will be interesting to see.
Amy Smith Carman More than 1 year ago
I was given an early digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. With that technical aside, I really liked the book! I first noticed Dark of the West because of its beautiful cover. I read the book description and found it to be quite enticing! “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.” – Dark of the West I found the first fifty or so pages to be a slow build, but once the background was established, it was a gripping tale. The story takes place in a fictional world but otherwise operates the same as ours. The lands, kingdoms, history, is fictional but the breaking up of colonial powers and the wars for independence could easily be set in the early 20th century, not only in the breakup of nations but also the inventions for war or the home. WWII airplanes and guns play a big role in the narrative, for instance. The book also explores the question of who a legitimate power is and who the “rebel” groups are in a situation. Just because a kingdom looks polished and civilized does not mean that blood is not spilled by their hands. The nation-state of Safire is newly forged from three rebellious people groups. They are led by a ruthless but brilliant General. He comes in and out of the narrative, but his work is always present. We follow his youngest son, Athan, who has no thirst for war, as he navigates his family, fighting in a war he does not want, friendship, and young love. In some ways, it has a Catch-22 vibe where the sanest do not want war while the most bloodthirsty and ambitious control everyone’s movements. The second main character is Aurelia who is the opposite of the Darkar family. She is a sheltered princess who has no experience with real life let alone the horrid decisions of war. Through her friendship with Athan and several other characters, she gains some knowledge of the mass civilian casualties, the often pointless death of soldiers, and what it takes to keep control of a kingdom. The biases of both are turned on their heads as they begin to experience what war involves. Her character is meant to be naive but her arc in this story felt a little off. She moved too quickly from where the story begins and the changes at the end. I admire the woman she is trying to become but her storyline was a little more difficult
LibaryInTheCountry More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book and am now obsessed with this world. A fantasy world at war inspired by World War II-era Europe? It is just as beautiful and bittersweet as it sounds. Some books move so slowly you feel as though your soul is being sucked away. Other books move at a steady progression, building and building, while you know a sudden crescendo will bring it all crashing down. This is the latter and it’s still building. The MOMENT I finished I went back to read the Prologue straight away and it just hit me SO. DAMN. HARD. Seriously, read the book and then read the prologue again. Good luck keeping those tears at bay. I knew it likely took place later in Aurelia and Athan’s story, but it doesn’t take place at the end of this book and we are still learning about these two, their relationship and what will bring them to that point in the prologue. There is still so much to come. And let me just say, this book is written and plotted fantastically. Ingeniously. The characters have a well of depth, much of it still to be discovered. Hathaway paints these characters well. They are young. They are impressionable. They want to be heard and want to please. They are teenagers. They are realistic. As I was reading, I couldn’t help but think of movies like Atonement – and I just have this sickening feeling we are headed down a very similar path, but I also can’t look away. I know this story is gritty and the world Hathaway has written is sweeping and golden in its detail. I know there are dark things to come and things are only just beginning but I have to know. I have to know these two will eventually get their mountain. This is a story about the desperation of war and love and finding your voice. THIS is the type of story that will stick with you. THIS is the type of story that should be written and I’m so very grateful it was.
KaileyReadsYA More than 1 year ago
It took me a little while to get into the world. It's always a bit jarring when fantasy collides with technology, but that's just a personal thing. I loved the characters and the development throughout the novel. Gorgeous world-building (yes, even when I had difficulty in the very, very beginning I adored the world-building). Absolutely would recommend to anyone who reads the genre. Huge fan of this one.
Kayla13 More than 1 year ago
Marketed towards people who love The Winner’s Trilogy, this made me really want to get my hands on this arc since I loved The Winner’s Trilogy. This book has pilots, kingdoms, espionage, and two well-written characters that help drive this book and made me want to keep reading. I cannot wait for the sequel and see what happens after what went down in the ending. Thank you Netgalley, Tor Teen, and Joanna Hathaway for this arc!
thegeekishbrunette More than 1 year ago
I am so thrilled I was able to read this book before its publication date because it was wonderful! I loved everything about it and I gave it 5 stars. Here is what you need to know about this book and why you should pick it up February 5th, 2019: Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway is set in a 20th century political feud where war is inevitable and the stakes are high. The book follows two point of views. One is from a young princess named Aurelia who's mother rules a small northern kingdom who's trying to keep it from crumbling and the other is from a young pilot who is the son of a general trying to revolutionize and build a new empire.  It was refreshing to read a YA fantasy that has a WWII inspired setting with planes and men in extravagant suits. Her character building breathes life into each one as they portray real human emotion that is sometimes hard to capture. Her writing style was detailed and the banter between characters was hilarious and kept me engaged. I love when chapters alternate point of views because it adds to the understanding of multiple characters especially when the two are from different sides that are pinned against one another. This book is full of scandals, political lies, secrets and star-crossed lovers who are trying to figure out where their loyalty lies. Joanna's debut novel is nothing short of perfection and I can't wait to see where the next book will take us.  Thank you NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for the digital copy.