Storm from the East
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 ...more
This second installment kicks off shortly after the events of the first book. Son of the General, Athan Dakar is bracing himself to enter an unsanctioned war--his first proper war--that originates ...more
Storm from the East, the second book in Joanna Hathaway’s Glass Alliance series, is a book of two parts: the slow, agonising build of war and then the break-neck twists and turns of betrayal, surrender, and loss in the war’s aftermath. Hathaway crafts a deeply intricate look into the realities of war and deftly balances hope and love within her story.
Athan and Aurelia have always been on opposite sides of the war, but never more so ...more
It is clear how much care and meticulous thought Joanna Hathaway has put into these characters and this story and I am thrilled to see the culmination of Athan and Ali’s story in the final book. I NEED to see what happens after the prologue from the first book!
Truly though, Hathaway’s writing is beautiful and the way she’s inte ...more
The Glass Alliance series is structured like a tragedy: with the end at the beginning, a future snapshot of its two main characters after they have lost all innocence to war, but might still be ...more
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**I received an ARC from Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**
I want a heart that breaks. A soft heart.
While I greatly enjoyed Dark of the West last year, I think Storm from the East greatly surpassed it. The worldbuilding and characters are fleshed out more, and truths and secrets are uncovered (still more to come, however). Storm from the East wa ...more
Storm From The East is a thought-provoking, beautifully crafted novel that expands on the politics, stellar cast of characters and intriguing plot introduced from the first installment! Easily one of the best sequels I've read in a while!
Aruelia & Athan's journeys continue in this spectacular continuation all about identity, choice, war, and sacrifice. I missed Joanna's world and characters so much and I'm thrilled to have finally finished Book 2, but at the same ti ...more
I started 2019 with Joanna Hathaway and well, I started 2020 with Joanna Hathaway and this sequel.
I must admit that if you are looking for a fantasy book centered on politics, this is the saga for you. This novel presents a universe where parts of the empires has managed to free themself. Those who achieved independence are in the south and the rest are in the north. Since then, there has been a coalition between governments t ...more
Okay why was I feeling all sorts of things while I was reading this novel? Yes, disclaimer: this is the second book so make sure you read the first one before reading this one. Thank you also to Tor T ...more
I have been dreading picking this one up. The first book was a whirlwind of emotion and the second book was definitely right up there, if not more so! I could feel my eyes tearing up throughout and honestly, it gave me a book hangover. It hasn’t happened in awhile so that’s a win even if I may drown in my own sadness, ha. So, let’s mo ...more
I received an eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Storm from the East is a compelling sequel that exceeds its predecessor with its themes of war, family, and love. It picks up months after the failed coup d’etat of Etania, with Aurelia coping with the choices she made and with Athan continuing to serve his father in a campaign heading to the South. While their paths do not cross for most of this book, their choices irrevocably chan ...more
First I cannot believe this series is not as hyped as it shou ...more
I started this and got frustrated right away - must have been my mood - and put it aside thinking I'd just pick it up again after the whole series was completed. I'd just done a re-read of the first book in the series, Dark of the West.
But then I realised that when a book stays on your mind and you find you don't want to leave the w ...more
Storm from the East once again centres upon Aurelia and Athan as they try to navigate the increasingly complex political world they live in from the viewpoint of opposing sides that quickly leads to a full-blown war. Throughout the novel, Hathaway deals with tough and often serious topics, such as the ever increasing reality of war and the impact of PTSD.
The action had me on th ...more
“… the more you read, the less you want to be quiet. What’s the point in learning about the world if you can’t do a thing about it?”
Storm from the East is the sequel to Dark of the West and continues to pull strong, well-written punches.
The level of knowledge behind political machinations and war that have been lovingly inserted into this book definitely speaks of the care that the author has for these types of stories. I’m not really one for war novels and often find myself thinking “when ...more
Please don't read this review if you haven't read Dark of the West first - while there won't be spoilers from Storm from the East, there might be tiny ones from Dark of the West.
Let's me just say, Dark of the West, while really good, pales in comparison next to SftE - and I devoured DotW. I sneak-read at work, glaring at people for daring to interrupt. I ...more
To be honest, I have no words. Storm from the East was amazing, an incredible gem of a book.
I love the feeling of loving a book I’ve been waiting to read for so long not only to end up loving it but to struggle with the right words to describe how much I loved it.
I waited two years to finally read the sequel to Dark of the West (one of my all time favorite books) and it was worth it.
Lots of stuff happened in this book. Part of me wanted to r ...more
RATING: 5/5 STARS.
Storm from the East by Joanna Hathaway is the second book in an extraordinary YA fantasy series that pulls inspiration from both World War I & II. The first novel, Dark of the West, follows the journey of young lovers Aurelia, princess of Etania, and Athan, the Safire General's son. The second book continues their affair from the summer prior. As the war escalates, however, secrets are revealed and lives are changed forever, and both Aurelia and Athan have to withstand it a...more
I fell in love with this war-torn world in Dark of the West. It's filled with vigilantes, saviors, refugees and revolutionaries. Two young lovers are thrown into the chaos and burden of the violence surrounding them, confronting impossible choices and damning truths.
Athan and Aurelia forged a bond despite their distrust and disguises. Their love is a defiant stand against the families and forces th ...more
Title Storm from the East (Glass Alliance #2)
Author Joanna Hathaway
Publisher Tor Teen
Release Date February 11, 2020
Description from Amazon
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. ...more
If you haven’t read Dark of the West, the first book in the series, there might be some *spoilers* in this review regarding previous events.
All quotes are taken from the ARC and may change in the finished copy.
“The truth won’t change…no matter how many lies we decorate it with.”
While I enjoyed the first book, I was afraid this book would suffer from the dreaded “second book syndrome. ...more
I’m always a bit tentative when I read the sequel to a book I loved. There’s nothing worse than it being a let down. That being said, I may be biased but, I feel like it’s such a shame how overlooked this series is (how does the first book have less than a 1,000 reviews on Goodreads). I’m not sure if it’s because I’ ...more