Shattered Veil

Shattered Veil

by Tracy E. Banghart

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Overview

When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?

War has come to Atalanta, infecting its quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capital.

All across the dominion, young men are being Selected for Military and sent to the front lines...and eighteen-year-old Aris Haan's childhood sweetheart is one of them.

Pyralis Nekkos, Atalanta's leader, has kept the truth from his people, that their dominion will fall...and much sooner than anyone could guess.

Galena Vadim, his reluctant ally, wishes she could forget their shared past...until her future seems to depend on it.

For the boy she loves, Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, will give up everything - her home, her name, even her face...

...only to become the key to her dominion's survival.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493613205
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.77(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie-loving, fantasy football-playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began "practicing" her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family's cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.

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Shattered Veil 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
UrbanGirlReview More than 1 year ago
Is Shattered Veil one of the best books I've ever read? Yes!  Although I felt the first thirty pages of the book were drawn out and the character of Aris was fixated on Cali, Shattered Veil completely changed as the book progressed.  Aris developed into a different person with a entirely altered personality and I realized the author was intentional in opening the novel in the way she did. The author is brilliant in how she crafted Aris from a timid girl into a fierce, daring women.  Her beliefs and courage to do the impossible grew from chapter to chapter.  Without a doubt, Aris is now in my top five favorite female book characters. Although the beginning of Shattered Veil appeared sluggish, it is my opinion the author was setting up the war plot and setting the stage to launch the character of Aris.  Also, the veil device that disguised Aris is clever in its execution because it made a woman pretending to be a man a lot more realistic.  There were many more themes that I liked about Shattered Veil that I didn't write about here.        What didn't you like about the book? There were a few minor things I didn't like about the book.  The opening flying scene was disappointing because it could have been a marvelous introduction to Aris but instead it made me not want to continue reading.  Also, I could have used a map for the different countries to keep them straight in the beginning.   A complete and utter must read for the summer.  There were so many aspects that I adored about Shattered Veil and barely anything negative about the novel.  I will be anxiously awaiting the sequel. Note: I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Engaging, Enthralling, Suspense to Spare!! I would like to thank NetGalley and Tracy E. Banghart for granting me the chance to read this eARC in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influenced this review.  <blockquote>When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become? ~ For Aris, a talented wingjet pilot, war means sacrificing everything: her home, her name, her face&mdash;and the one promise she swore she&rsquo;d never break. In the small village of Lux, everyone flies wingjets, but nobody flies them like Aris Haan. When she&rsquo;s not dancing through the skies, she&rsquo;s spending every minute with Calix, whom she&rsquo;s loved since childhood. They plan to Promise, but instead he is sent to defend their dominion against a bloody invasion. Determined not to lose him, Aris follows, joining an underground network of women inside the male-only military. Using secret technology that allows her to pass as a man, she becomes &ldquo;Aristos&rdquo;, a Flyer in a search-and-rescue unit.  As Aris grows stronger on the battlefield and more comfortable in her guise as Aristos, her personal mission becomes less and less clear. When she and her enigmatic commander, Major Vidar, uncover an astonishing conspiracy that could destroy everything, she must make a choice that will determine not only the fate of her heart, but the future of her dominion.</blockquote> Aris Haan is an excellent female protagonist. Having been ill as a child, to the point of having to learn how to walk again, Aris has always been taken care of. No one in her family, or her village, ever pushed her to see what she was capable of. Growing up like this didn't bother Aris, as she didn't know anything else. Plus, she had her beloved Calix and her flying. She and Calix were to be Promised, and everyone knew Aris was the best flyer in Lux, maybe in all of Atalanta. And she was content. All this changed just before the Selection. She and Calix were finally of an age to be Selected and work in their respective fields; Calix would of course become a Mender like his father and grandfather before him, and Aris would go into Environment. This was a given...until the day a strange flyer came into the Lux airspace and began &quot;dancing&quot; with Aris. Once she stopped worrying that he was going to harm her she gave herself up to the dance, flying for the sheer joy of it, and to show the other pilot just what she was made of, even if she wasn't flying one if the snazzy new military flyers. Eventually the other flyer signaled to Aris to land, and when they spoke he shocked her to her core. Not only did he know who she was, and about Calix, but he said Calix would be Selected for Military, there would be no Promise forthcoming, and to top it all off, he tried to recruit Aris into the Military as a Flyer, when it is well known that women don't serve in the Military. The trick being that should she accept, she could tell no one what she was doing. Aris chooses not to believe the mysterious flyer, but everything he predicted comes true at the Selection. Calix is selected for Military, nor does he ever light their Promise candle, telling her the whole point of Promising is to spend two years together getting to really know each other before committing to a lifetime together. Aris doesn't need the Promise, having loved Calix since she was six, but she wants to make him happy. And it is here that her world turns on its axis. Calix leaves for training, not allowed to let Aris or anyone know where he is. Aris goes stir-crazy in Lux without Calix and decides to join the Military so they can be together. At this point she has no clue what she is getting herself into, but she is determined. When she meets with the recruiter that is putting women into the military she is faced with someone who demands 110% from her, which is a painful novelty for Aris. Somehow she manages to struggle through the physical training, to the point where she gets her head shaved and is fitted for the diatous veil - the device that will make her appear more masculine, along with a small implant in her voice box to change how she sounds, again making her more masculine. Of all of the physical challenges to this point, Aris finds having her long, beautiful hair shaved off to be the most difficult. Aris has become Aristos. He is assigned a unit, as well as another new Specialist to bunk with. Dysis is also a woman masquerading as a man, but she joined the Military to find her brother, her only remaining family. The two watch out for each other, but as time goes on Aris begins to discover that her original reason for joining the Military is no longer what really drives her. After being sent out on a Search &amp; Rescue everything changes for her, the atrocities she saw impacted her deeply. More deeply than even she suspects. There are many wonderfully written scenes in this book, and several excellent sub-plots that are slowly revealed. One of the final reveals surprised for me, and that is often difficult to do as I frequently am able to predict what the author will do within a story. Not in this case though. Watching the changes that Aris goes through is illuminating, particularly when we have Dysis acting as a contrast (being the only other female in their unit that we know of). As the novel progresses, so to does Aris mature. She goes from being a pampered, possibly even spoiled, young village girl to a responsible member of a military unit where every member's contributions matter. And eventually she ends up risking her life when she doesn't have to, yet for her mental health she knows she must, as that is who she has become. In the end, one young girl who began something for all the wrong reasons ended it for all the right reasons. And she made a difference that she could be proud of, even if it changes her life forever. Though Aris has matured, she still needs to find a way to reconcile Aris and Aristos, and do so in a way that will allow her to be useful to her society. She also has a ways to go regarding finding her own sense if self-worth, and having it at least equal to that which others see. With a fascinating story on both the large scale and the individual scale, this book is well worth reading. The arc of the story is blended seamlessly with the character development, which is the mark of a talented writer. I find myself eagerly anticipating the next book in <em>The Diatous Wars</em> series.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
A Dystopian Story with a Past I was very excited to receive an Advanced Readers Copy of Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart. The story really sucked me in once I started reading it and I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed the story of Aris from start to finish and I think there is a little bit of Aris in all of us young and old. While Shattered Veil on the surface may seem very superficial--a young girl bucks the system to follow her true love--Aris doesn't necessarily take the path one might suspect or that might seem predictable based on other young adult novels out there. My favorite thing about Aris is that she was willing to examine herself at almost every step of her journey and recognize that things needed to change--either herself or the world around her. She challenged my own thoughts about how one goes about affecting change in the world. While this is just an introductory book in the series, it doesn't get bogged down in the details. You learn a bit about the world, Atalanta, and its villages and how the war is affecting them. There are few key players that are involved in the plot and just enough is shared with the reader to keep the plot moving forward with a whisper of a history that existed before one opened the pages of Shattered Veil. I particularly wanted to know more about Dianthe and Nyx. There is something there and just for a moment you think you'll learn more and then the story moves on. &ldquo;Allow? Shouldn't women decide what they'll allow for their own bodies, not a government acting out an antiquated, unnecessary law?&rdquo; On a deeper level, I wonder if Banghart has some strong opinions on women's rights. There are a few quotes, like the one above, that seem very pointed toward the government and their roles in directing how a woman should/should not use her body. It made me think about recent stories in the news about birth control as well as a woman's role in the military. The statements are bold, they fit within the scope of the story, but if you are up on current events, it is easy to see a correlation between the story and the real world. I give Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart a thumbs up. I love Aris and the world of Atalanta. The book takes you on a wild, unexpected journey that keeps you moving forward until you get to the very end. I look forward to the next book in the series and hope to learn more about where Aris goes next AND a bit more about Dianthe and Nyx.
lprather66 More than 1 year ago
ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am torn on my rating of Shattered Veil. After a slow start that made it easy for me to put down, I am so glad that I kept reading, because it was so worth the read. This quote, &quot;When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?&quot; sums up what this story is about. Aris thought she and Calix would be promised and live happily ever after, but the war had other plans. Calix was selected for the Military. Calix was her life, her strength and her protector. What will Aris do now that he is gone? Flying is the only thing she has left. A stranger makes Aris an offer to join a secret army of women to serve in the war. This could be her chance to be with Calix and to do what she loves, flying. Will Aris be able to leave her family and friends for this secret mission? Does she have what it takes to be part of the military? The author did an amazing job developing each character and conveying the struggles of the soldiers in a war zone and their families left behind. Aris started out as a weak girl always protected by family and friends. Her choice to serve and the determination to make a difference shows the growth in her character, but it was not without hard work and sacrifice. I would definitely recommend it and look forward to the next installment.
Book_Bug_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Aris loves flying, and she&rsquo;s one of the best. War has come to Atalanta and Aris is approached by a mysterious military man who is trying to recruit her to join a secret army. He uses her relationship with Calix to try and convince her to help. Calix will be joining the military and not health like everyone expects. This was such a cool book! There was such a neat steampunk element to this. I really enjoyed it. It starts off with a mystery right away. It drew me in quickly and kept me wanting to find out more. Aris is a strong character who grows stronger throughout the story that is realistic and likeable. I think this would make an excellent movie, one that has a strong female lead that girls can look up to. I am looking forward to reading more from this author! There were more than just 3 or 4 characters in this book, which is nice to read. It makes the world feel bigger and complete for a war story. A war story with only a few characters can get boring fast. This book isn&rsquo;t like that. You will be left with a book hangover and bummed that you will have to wait for the next to come out. I loved the details in this book, not only in a well developed setting, but a highly thought out plot and developed characters that you can get to know and watch them change and grow though out the story.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
Actual rating 3.5 I don&rsquo;t always immediately like the primary character(s) in a novel that engages me from the beginning and that&rsquo;s the case with Shattered Veil. I had problems first with Calix and his patriarchal attitude towards Aris, his assumption that his decision was all that mattered and that Aris had nothing to say about it. I then had some difficulty with Aris&rsquo; decision to go to war disguised as a man. This isn&rsquo;t the first time such a thing has happened both in fiction and in real life&mdash;there were women who did this in our Civil War&mdash;but I&rsquo;ve always had some reluctance to see it as a fully positive thing. In the case of Aris, I totally got her desire to be where Calix was but it was such an immature decision. She gave no real regard to the hurt she&rsquo;d be causing her family all because her hormones were in overdrive and, OMG, she just couldn&rsquo;t be parted from her true love! Then, she showed her complete lack of understanding reality when she was surprised, floored actually, that she had to undergo training before she could jump into the war. How dumb can a girl be? Fortunately, my dismay with both Aris and Calix was shortlived although it would be resurrected later in spades regarding Calix. Aris began to show what she was really made of and my admiration for her started to grow. The plot of Shattered Veil is important, of course, but its main purpose for me was to act as a vehicle for Ms. Banghart&rsquo;s very strong character development of a young girl. Aris was sheltered from birth, as were all females, but we get to see her grow up and resist the commonly-accepted practices of her time. It&rsquo;s sort of a fast forward look at the struggle for equality women have been undergoing in real life for far too long. The other thing about this book that struck me was the vivid characters besides Aris and Calix. Did I love them all? Of course not, how boring would that be? Even the less appealing people, though, really came to life and a few, likeable and not so much, in particular especially struck me, such as Galena, Dianthe and Major Vidar. Also, I mustn&rsquo;t forget Ward Balias, one of the best evocations of an untrustworthy politicians I&rsquo;ve come across. I may be in a minority here but I did appreciate the third person style. I&rsquo;m always more comfortable with that than with first person, especially when there is a lot of action and some dangerous things going on. It&rsquo;s hard for me to believe a protagonist telling me what&rsquo;s happening in real time when, say, bad guys are shooting at her. I&rsquo;m also inordinately thankful that, despite Aris&rsquo; hormones, romance takes a second seat to the rest of the story. I do think there were two weaknesses, the lack of worldbuilding and the ease with which the women were able to hide their true identities. With regards to the latter, people who go to war are a close-knit community and it was hard to believe that the truth wouldn&rsquo;t come out much sooner and more frequently. As to the worldbuilding, well, there really wasn&rsquo;t much and I hope Ms. Banghart will remedy that in future books. As it is, we can&rsquo;t really say that this is dystopian and/or post-apocalyptic because we just don&rsquo;t know enough. That said, I did enjoy Shattered Veil a lot and I hope to see Aris again soon.
MatiRaine More than 1 year ago
It's been awhile since I read a good book, a really GOOD book, that makes me flail as I reach the last page, sob a little as I realize the sequel isn't coming right away and share it with everyone I know. If someone had to ask me what the recipe was for a book that would make me feel this way, I couldn't tell them. All I know is Shattered Veil WAS this book for me.  I can't begin to imagine how heart-wrenching, pure and beautiful this book felt. I loved Aris, I loved her struggles, and I hope the sequel is just as wonderful when it's released. I've read books where women conceal their identities for various reasons, but this one just felt honest to me. Aris loved Calix, and when he was Selected to be in the military, everything fell apart for her. All she had left was flying, and even that was in jeopardy with the demand for her to start working and be more responsible.  I've been in Aris' shoes, heck, I may still be in them, so maybe that is what drew me in so fast. When you're a dreamer, when you really LOVE something, there is nothing more terrifying than the possibility of loosing it. Whether it is a person, or a passion (like flying). I've heard the voices around me telling me it's time to move on, time to grow up, and it is so painful to take. This book captured that, and when Aris got the offer to join the military, and embrace her talents as a flyer, I was thrilled to watch her take it. In the end, the journey she found herself on had so much more meaning for me. To me, this was a story about finding yourself. About having a dream and trying desperately to just hold onto it, because that is who you are. But sometimes chasing dreams, who we are can change. Aris realized there was something bigger than just flying, something more she could accomplish by being part of the fight. Even her relationship with Calix shifts as she grows as a character. Calix may have been the reason she joined the military, but he isn't the reason she stays. It's been a long time since a book really struck a cord in me, and left me breathlessly waiting for more. Tracy E. Banghart has created something wonderful, and I can't wait to see what she writes. I may have got this book for free, but I bought my own print copy because an e-book just wasn't enough. I want this book by my side for years to come. Can I just keep gushing for the next few hours?
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: Yes, yes, yes! It&rsquo;s great!  There&rsquo;s tech. There&rsquo;s intrigue. There&rsquo;s a heroine who, despite my initial fear that she was a Cornflake Girl, turns out to be all the right kind of Raisin.  Aris deserves a place right up there with Vin and Door: she&rsquo;s stronger than she thinks, braver than she lets on, and more beautiful with scars.  I can&rsquo;t wait to see what she&rsquo;ll do next. Would I recommend it: Yes.  If you&rsquo;re a fan of The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson or Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, Shattered Veil is right up your alley.  I&rsquo;d also recommend you play a little Tori Amos while you read. Will I read it again: I&rsquo;m seriously bummed that this is a new release&hellip; I&rsquo;m going to have to wait a LOOOONG time for the next book.  I guess I&rsquo;ll just have to re-read this one while I&rsquo;m waiting. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart is her first book in The Diatous Wars series. It is outside my comfort zone of steamy romance (wink) but we aren't rating the quality of a book on that alone. To me this was a young new adult, science-fiction, dystopian genre of book. Picture a society where you are assigned your careers and what you had planned for you and your Promised one isn't what happens. Instead of being home you both end up in the military and separated by distance. Calix is sent to war and Aris (a talented female wing-jet pilot) is left home. That is until she decides to follow him. Using a secret technology, and with the help of other women doing the same thing, she disguises herself as a man and becomes Aristos, a pilot in a Search-and-Rescue unit (picture Mulan). This is where things start to get interesting and twisty in the story. As the reality of her situation sets in, the harsh reality of war, Aris/Aristos' priorities begin to shift. The impetuous young girl/almost adult that left home to follow her love is changing, maturing, and realizing the importance of her actions and responsibilities. Enter Major Vidar/Milek and the realization that Calix has changed leads her down a path she never even imagined. The world was easy to acclimate to, the terms and phrases not to difficult or abnormal to make reading hard, enough similarities to earth to make it personally relevant and enough differences to make it really interesting. I really appreciate the reasoning behind the author beginning this story (first draft was written while her husband was deployed to a war zone).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each time I read one of Tracy Banghart&rsquo;s novels, I find myself bookmarking pages so I can later know where to find examples of beautifully rendered scenes and descriptions. Banghart&rsquo;s newest, Shattered Veil, delivers knockout writing once again along with complex, well-drawn characters, a vivid world and a relentless plot. The protagonist of Shattered Veil, Aris, is both an empathetic and three-dimensional character who finds herself challenged to the point where she must test all her limits as she suddenly finds herself torn between her personal feelings and the greater good of the nation she unexpectedly finds herself serving during a time of war. To avoid spoilers, I&rsquo;ll stop there but this novel starts Aris on a journey of change that is both immensely satisfying within this novel and sure to keep developing in future novels. With Shattered Veil, Banghart offers a compelling and well-balanced mix of science fiction, romance and action that promises a unique new series sure to gain many followers. Nicely done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shattered Veil is truly an amazing book. There is SO MUCH to this book that I&rsquo;m not sure where to start. The world in Shattered Veil will suck you in right away. I immediately felt like I was right there with Aris, flying in her wingjet in Lux, and then again when she&rsquo;s being forced to navigate some really difficult choices. Aris had her life planned with her true love Calix, but when things don&rsquo;t go quite as planned&hellip; I was crushed right along with her. I don&rsquo;t want to give too much away, but what she does next is such a bold move and I just loved watching it all unfold for Aris, and everyone else involved. This book is perfect for anyone who loves romance, strong heroines or science fiction. A truly great book!
Dymontgo More than 1 year ago
(ARC courtesy of Tracy E. Banghart and NetGalley) What an inspiring dystopian novel with a great insight into the distance that can grow between close friends and family of service members and also the close knit bonds that develop with people military individuals meet along the way. This novel is a true YA dystopian - new world, new technology, what used to be an idyllic world now under siege. I thoroughly enjoyed that, like real life, Aris entered the military with one set of expectations and reasons and it morphed into something much bigger than herself and she grew with her experiences. She is a strong character and grows more confident in herself as the story progresses and I find this very appealing. Overall, this novel was an excellent read and I read the entire book in one sitting because I kept wanting to find out who was behind the horrible sabotage and what would happen with Aria. The ending was a great and I sooo enjoyed how things turned out. Reminds me of the ending in Mulan *swoon*
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Aris lives in a world balancing on the brink of war. When her best friend and almost fiancee is selected for the military, Aris takes drastic measure to be with the one she loves...she imitates a boy and joins the military herself as a flier. Taking on more than she ever imagined, Aris faces death and the brutality of the war...but she also discovers she has more to offer than being a pretty face back home...she is one of the best fliers they've ever seen.  If she is discovered as a woman she will loose everything. But sometimes there are things more important than your everything... Aris's initial concept on life was quit na&iuml;ve. We get to watch to character grow and mature, discovering herself even in the disguise of a man. While women are forbidden to serve in the military, there are others like her. Baghart delves into the emotional conflicts of these women, their attractions, their heart ache and their motivations.  Banghart's imagination is utterly amazing. Shattered Veil is a totally new and fresh world to discover between the pages, a journey that shouldn't be missed.  I received an ARC copy Shattered Veil from Tracy E. Banghart in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication February 28, 2014.