I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart
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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—and the one promise she swore she’d never break.
In the small village of Lux, everyone flies wingjets, but nobody flies them like Aris Haan. When she’s not dancing through the skies, she’s spending every minute with Calix, whom she’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 “Aristos”, 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
Aris is a girl who loves to fly, it’s her passion in life. Only she’s not really supposed to love it as much as she does. To everyone else around her it’s just a way to get from point A to point B. She’s happy to have her brief moments though, because soon she will be Promised to her childhood sweetheart, Calix. Only that never happens, because the war is happening, A war that her country is losing. So when Calix goes away Aris is at a loss. She decides to not wait until the end of the war, but to take matters into her own hands. She joins an underground military movement that disguises women and allows them to be in the war. What Aris, now Aristos, discovers, that despite being ill as a child, she is now weakling. She finds her strength, and her decision becomes much bigger than finding Calix.
I love, love, love this book. It was so good. It sort of grabbed a hold of me at 10% and never let go until the end.
This book was very much character driven. You meet these characters, and you can’t help but like Aris, even though I wanted to throttle her a time or two, I still liked her. She was driven, and smart, and funny. Life had handed her some pretty bad apples. It’s easy to see that she let them control her for a while.
Calix is cool, maybe. I wasn’t really all that sold on him in the beginning of the book. I thought he treated Aris like a doll, and I don’t really have the patience for that.
The writing is so good. The author weaves this amazing story, and it’s complicated, because there are so many things going on, but she does it flawlessly. It was captivating seeing this plot from all the different angles, and she managed to do it just right. So that not everything was revealed all at once. There wasn’t so much a big reveal, as a bunch of mini ‘ah ha’ moments.
The romance was the fun part, it’s so YA. It’s sweet, fresh, and exciting.
The world building in the book was really cool, but I had a difficult time picturing it. This is a me thing, it’s something I struggle with when reading fantasy/sci-fi books. So I would call this a reader flaw, not one that should reflect on the book, and it doesn’t because I still loved it.
So I can’t find info on book two yet, and that makes me really sad. I kind of want it now. 🙁
Tour wide giveaway
–$50 Amazon gift card (INTL)
–3x “swag packs” which will include: a notebook, magnet, button, 2 signed bookmarks, and Shattered Veil-themed temporary tattoos – picture attached. (US/CAN)
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