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.