"Storm From the East had all the political scheming, fierce loyalty, and beautiful writing that I loved in Dark of the West. You don't want to miss this sequel!"
Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of The Crown's Game series
"Twisty, suspenseful, and gorgeously sweeping, Storm from the East tells a powerful story of love and betrayal in a time of war, when alliances shift and secrets detonate with devastating consequences. Timely and compelling, this thrilling adventure kept me turning the pagesthe next installment can’t come soon enough!"
Gita Trelease, author of All that Glitters
For Dark of the West:
“In this reimagining of Europe’s world wars, Joanna Hathaway delivers a novel of court intrigue and action-packed military adventure. Heart-pounding . . . will leave the reader wanting more.”
Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Beautiful and bittersweet, Dark of the West is a stunning must-read. Dangerous politics, a looming war, star-crossed lovers and secrets held closethe story builds in careful strokes to a crescendo that will keep you riveted until the last page.”
Hafsah Faizal, New York Times bestselling author of We Hunt The Flame
“The kind of book you can sink your teeth into, full of rich worldbuilding, complex characters, and intricate plots with a healthy dose of backstabbing. . . . Fans of high stakes political intrigue will love Dark of the West. I can't wait to read the sequel.”
Evelyn Skye, New York Times bestselling author of The Crown’s Game
“This soaring, gorgeously written, high-stakes adventure stole my breath from the very first page. Dark of the West’s forbidden romance unfolds with devastating beauty against the backdrop of an incipient world war.”
Margaret Rogerson, New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens
“Airplane battles, revolutions, palace intrigue, star-crossed love, feuds spanning generations. This story’s scope is ambitious, a world unto itself, yet Hathaway wields the narrative with powerful precision. Dark of the West is a debut to be reckoned with.”
Ryan Graudin, author of the Wolf By Wolf duology
"Captivating . . . The prose is elegant, the characters intricate, and the worldbuilding enrapturing."
Charlie N. Holmberg, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Paper Magician series
“Smart, stunning, and completely swoonworthy, Dark of the West swept me off my feet. Fans of forbidden love, high stakes, and intriguedon’t miss this triumph of a book!”
Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series
“With elements of epic fantasy, military and political intrigue, and ill-fated romantic attraction, this novel is packed with world building details. The romantic attraction between Athan and Aurelia has the feeling of Romeo and Juliet, leaving readers hoping for the best but fearing the worst.”
Voya, Stacey Hayman
It's never good when the second volume doubles down on the issues of the first.
Athan, son of a northern general, and Aurelia, a rebellious princess with ties to both the peaceful royal North and the tumultuous South, continue their ponderous journey through infatuation and war toward the showdown promised in the prologue of Dark of the West (2019). Although the war and political machinations have advanced, neither protagonist has changed much yet; 17-year-old Aurelia continues to believe that "blood" defines her and that she can find solutions, and Athan continues to decry the ambition and duplicitousness of his family and their war while also seeking their approval and rebelling only emotionally. Hathaway is interested in big ideas: the cost of war, the nature of loyalty, how to keep hope alive for a better future. Many of the complex (although not always clear) political machinations turn out to be motivated by individual revenge fantasies (everyone in power is a self-righteous hypocrite, and Athan and Aurelia aren't much better), which makes sympathy hard to feel, and sometimes-overwrought prose ("Remains of Safire bombers still smoke, spread out like grotesque butter among the trees") bogs down the story. Characters' skin tones range from pale to brown.
An intriguing payoff is coming but not soon enough. (map) (Military fantasy. 13-adult)