Dark of the West
Author(s): Joanna Hathaway
"A novel of court intrigue and action-packed military adventure,"* Joanna Hathaway's Dark of the West, is a breathtaking YA fantasy debut--first in the Glass Alliance series.
A pilot raised in revolution. A princess raised in a palace. A world on the brink of war.
Aurelia Isendare is a princess of a small kingdom in the North, raised in privilege but shielded from politics as her brother prepares to step up to the throne. Halfway around the world, Athan Dakar, the youngest son of a ruthless general, is a fighter pilot longing for a life away from the front lines. When Athan’s mother is shot and killed, his father is convinced it’s the work of his old rival, the Queen of Etania—Aurelia’s mother. Determined to avenge his wife’s murder, he devises a plot to overthrow the Queen, a plot which sends Athan undercover to Etania to gain intel from her children.
Athan’s mission becomes complicated when he finds himself falling for the girl he’s been tasked with spying upon. Aurelia feels the same attraction, all the while desperately seeking to stop the war threatening to break between the Southern territory and the old Northern kingdoms that control it—a war in which Athan’s father is determined to play a role. As diplomatic ties manage to just barely hold, the two teens struggle to remain loyal to their families and each other as they learn that war is not as black and white as they’ve been raised to believe.
“Heart-pounding . . . will leave the reader wanting more.”—*#1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz
“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
“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 intrigue—don’t miss this triumph of a book!”
—Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series
“Beautiful and bittersweet, Dark of the West is a stunning must-read. Dangerous politics, a looming war, star-crossed lovers and secrets held close—the story builds in careful strokes to a crescendo that will keep you riveted until the last page.”
—Hafsah Faizal, author of the forthcoming We Hunt The Flame
“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