Storm From The East (Glass Alliance #2)
By: Joanna Hathaway
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: February 11th, 2020
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.
Name: Aurelia “Ali” Isendare
Age: 16 in Dark of the West, 17 in Storm from the East
Background: Princess of Etania; her father was the late Etanian King and her mother is foreign-born Queen Sinora Lehzar
Appearance: Dark hair and eyes, light brown skin
Likes: Being in the forest, climbing mountains, riding horses, painting, cherries
Dislikes: Dishonesty, secrets, being a younger sibling
Special skills: Avid equestrian, painter, sharpshooter
Quote: “This can’t be all there is to life — surrendering to terror, allowing a few desperate men to dictate who lives and dies, dictate when there should be war and when peace. What if they all sat down for only a moment? What if they stopped long enough to hear one another out?”
Name: Athan Dakar (and Athan Erelis when undercover)
Age: 17 in Dark of the West, 18 in Storm from the East
Background: Fighter pilot from Savient; youngest son of General Dakar
Appearance: Blond hair, grey eyes, same height as best friend Cyar Hajari
Likes: Mountains, being outdoors, flying airplanes, cherries
Dislikes: Confrontation, entitlement, horses, occasionally his older brothers
Special skills: Piloting, drawing, mathematics
Quote: “Maybe there’s always been a piece of me holding out hope that one day Father would decide he’s had enough and that would be the end. I’ve done a very good job of not thinking about reality. I’ve spent years inventing a fiction in my head that sounds much better. But now I’ve killed someone, and there’s nothing pretend about that.”
Name: Cyar Hajari
Background: Fighter pilot from Savient, region of Rahmet
Appearance: Dark hair, brown skin, same height as Athan
Likes: Flying airplanes, sleeping in, snakes, his girlfriend
Dislikes: Being away from home, school
Special skills: Piloting, languages, avid equestrian
Quote: “You know this is only the beginning… we’re going to have to keep going up there, facing better pilots than that. And when this summer ends, who can say what’s next? This could be on for years. Years, Athan. And this is our life now. There won’t ever be a day when we do our best, and then it’s over. It’s not like the Academy. The better we do, the more they’ll send us up. And they’ll keep sending us up, over and over until we…”
Name: Violet Marcin
Background: Courtier from Etania
Appearance: Auburn hair, fair skin, curvy
Likes: Music, dance, politics, being on stage
Dislikes: Rules, double standards, pants
Special skills: Singing, performing
Quote: “If I have any of my mother in me, then I know I wouldn’t make a proper wife. I feel too much. Perhaps I want too much. But I can’t stay here, wondering, when there’s even a chance of another life…”
JOANNA HATHAWAY was born in Montréal 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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