I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart
(The Diatous Wars #1)
Publication date: February 28th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction
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 lives a quiet life with her mother and father, flying for pleasure and to dust her father’s groves. Having just turned the age when she will be assigned her life’s work, Aris is approached by a stranger offering something forbidden- a place in the war against an opposing nation. Aris is expecting to be promised to the love of her life, Calix, but her dreams are destroyed when he is sent into the military. Aris decides to do whatever she can to be with her childhood sweetheart and secretly signs up for the military, shaving her head, and going through tortuously training.
Now called Aristos, she is placed with another disguised female bunk mate in her unit. Using incredible technology that provides a holographic, realistic veil around their bodies to make them appear male, Aris and her bunkmate train and go out on a few dangerous rescue missions to find fallen soldiers. Aris is the best wingjet flyer and is summoned multiple times to save others while putting her in incredible danger. After being shot down during one mission, she is thrust into the political madness of the war, discovering one of the military leaders is not who he seems. Flying to save a captive leader, Aris is scarred in mind, body, and heart. Sent home an unfair disgrace and rejected by her childhood love, will others ever know that she helped save a country’s leader… or continue in disgrace because she was a woman, forbidden to be in the military?
Fast paced with and an easy, flowing read, this was an entertaining fantasy novel. With no adult situations other than a few hot kisses and embraces a great novel for older young adults who like strong heroines and adventure.
Tracy E. Banghart is a cheesy movie–loving, fantasy football–playing (go Ravens!), globe-trotting Army wife who began “practicing” her craft at the age of five, when she wrote her first story. She loves visiting the international friends she met while pursuing her MA in Publishing and spends a portion of every summer at her family’s cabin in Canada, where she finds inspiration and lots of time to relax on the dock. She lives with her husband, son, two lazy dogs and one ornery cat. When not writing or spending time with her family, she is on a mission to bake the perfect cupcake.LINKS:
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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