Storm from the East by Joanna Hathaway

Storm from the East (Glass Alliance #2)
Author: Joanna Hathaway
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: February 11th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, High Fantasy

Battles, revolution, and romance collide in Joanna Hathaway's stunning, World Wars-inspired sequel to Dark of the West

Part war drama, part romance, Storm from the East is the second novel in Joanna Hathaway’s immersive, upmarket YA fantasy series that will appeal to readers of Sabaa Tahir, Marie Rutkoski, and Evelyn Skye.

War has begun, and the days of Athan’s and Aurelia’s secret, summer romance feel a world away. Led by Athan’s father, the revolutionary Safire have launched a secret assault upon the last royal kingdom in the South, hoping to depose the king and seize a powerful foothold on the continent. Athan proves a star pilot among their ranks, struggling to justify the violence his family has unleashed as he fights his way to the capital—where, unbeknownst to him, Aurelia has lived since the war’s onset. Determined to save the kingdom Athan has been ordered to destroy, she partners with a local journalist to inflame anti-Safire sentiment, all while learning this conflict might be far darker and more complex than she ever imagined.

When the two reunite at last, Athan longing to shake the nightmare of combat and Aurelia reeling from the discovery of a long-buried family truth come to light, they’ll find the shadow of war stretches well beyond the battlefield. Each of them longs to rekindle the love they once shared . . . but each has a secret they’re desperate to hide.

Storm from the East takes the gut wrenching of Dark of the West and twist the knife a little deeper.

It’s amazing to me how in depth and extensive the world building, politics and war are in the book. I admit I sometimes get lost but always find my way back. It’s so incredibly impressive how well Joanna Hathaway has her world fleshed out. I mean how does she keep track of all this stuff, she has truly created a whole new world. As I’m reading, I forget sometimes that we are not living in this world because you become so very much immersed.

Aurelia kind of annoyed me in the beginning of the book.I felt like she went through so much in Dark of the West that I was surprised by her naivety. I think by the second half and she has really experienced war, then she starts to change. She finally sees that peace isn’t something you can just walk into a room and demand. Although I think she still has many layers that she hasn’t fully peeled back.

I love Athan. I loved him in the Dark of the West and I still love him Storm from the East. I really just want to take him somewhere and protect him. Don’t make him see more war! He’s really really in the thick of it this time around. Experiencing loss right in front of him instead of the idea of it.

I just want Aurelia and Athan to find some peace and that is just not in the cards. It’s so complicated for them to be in love. They are so accepting of who the other is though.

The Dakar brothers are complicated as well. Sometimes I think they hate one another and then they will have a moment. Like on the beach where they find some kind of common ground. Then they go back to being complicated. It’s an interesting family dynamic.

So I don’t know where we will go from here. Everything feels so complicated all the time but I really want to know how it turns out. Especially with an ending like the one in Storm from the East. Can there ever really be peace.

JOANNA HATHAWAY was born in MontrĂ©al and is an avid storyteller who was inspired to write after reading her great-grandfather’s memoirs of the First World War. A lifelong history buff, she now has shelves filled with biographies and historical accounts, and perhaps one too many books about pilots. She can often be found reading, traveling, or riding horses.

Her debut novel DARK OF THE WEST is the first in a World Wars-infused fantasy series of forbidden love and deadly revenge. STORM FROM THE EAST will hit shelves on February 11, 2020.

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