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Saturday, August 2, 2014

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Review: Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart

Shattered Veil by Tracy E. Banghart

The Diatous Wars #1
Author:
Tracy E. Banghart
Publication Date: February 28, 2014
Publisher: Self Published

When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?

War has invaded Atalanta’s quiet villages and lush woodlands, igniting whispered worries in its glittering capitol. Far from the front lines, 18-year-old Aris Haan, a talented wingjet flyer, has little cause for concern. Until her beloved Calix is thrust into the fray, and a stranger makes her an impossible offer: the chance to join a secret army of women embedded within the all-male military.

Aris’s choice to follow Calix to war will do more than put her in physical danger; it will make her question everything she believes about herself. When she and her enigmatic commander uncover a deadly conspiracy, her expert flying may be the only hope for her dominion’s survival…and her own.

It’s Mulan meets Battlestar Galactica, with a heroine who is strong enough to save a nation…but only if she’s willing to sacrifice everything, even the one promise she swore she’d never break.
Review copy provided by the author via Mark My Words Publicity

After all the fails and near fails of the last few books I've read – have you noticed? I've never had so many DNF reviews in a month! Okay, 3 wasn't THAT many... O_o – it's an extremely nice change for a book to fall into my good graces.

The concept behind Shattered Veil reminded me much of Girl In Blue and The Giver. Environment Selected Aris Haan of Atalanta has enjoyed flying since she was twelve. When she's presented the opportunity to fly for the Atalantan military, in which women were banned from joining, she jumps at the chance – not just to fly, but to see her love Calix, who is Military Selected to work as a Field Mender. It's not as easy as Aris expects – she has to undergo weeks of training and practice of deception before she's ready to join the Search and Rescue team.

Aris' constant thoughts about Calix was pretty annoying at the beginning. Normally, it would bother me, but it didn't since Calix was like her "beacon of hope." She seemed like a stronger heroine with those thoughts than without it. With a minor disability, it's admirable that she would actually go through weeks of physical training – and it's not pleasant either.

However, she seems to be na├»ve and a bit ignorant at the beginning. As Dysis said, it seemed more like a lovesick suicide mission. Eventually as the book progresses, Aris realizes that's it's not just for Calix – it's for saving other lives as well. Thus, there are less Calix thoughts, but I still wanted to reach through the pages and shake her sometimes due to her actions. Too bad book characters aren't real enough to listen. Rats. >_<

I do enjoy the plot though – it's complicated, and it has a few twists that you're probably not expecting, even though some might be right at the edge of your mind. But it's so well-developed, I pretty much had a few lightbulb moments, and had two possible guesses for what the result could be. None of them were right, even though I was in the right ballpark.

And while I liked the plot with it's creative technology (veiling?! I'm sure if THAT existed, there would be less people trying to starve themselves or have thigh gaps), I have a few questions still lingering in my mind that I'm hoping will be answered in the sequel: What's a silco? All I know is that it might be small or the paper in the world of Shattered Veil. Then there's the ultimate question: What happened between Ward Vadim and Nekkos? All I've got is how they've met and that it didn't end well.

I'm hoping those questions will be answered in the sequel. Will it go messy if it doesn't? Um... I don't know. It might. If they're not answered, I'm just hoping there's more INFO or details.

4.5 Owls


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