I mean, I’m going to read this one. How could I not? Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway is a story of forbidden loves and two people on opposite sides of a war. But it’s also about privilege and poverty–at least it seems to be, to some extent–and I think all of us know from stories like Romeo and Juliet that this type of plot is always one that will snatch up the readers’ attention. And I’m no different in this case. Plus, it’s a fantasy novel involving princesses and kingdoms that has mixed what I’m hoping is some steampunk because one of the main characters is a fighter pilot. Can you see why I’m already sold on this? Fantasy mixed with futuristic inventions has always been something I love immensely.
Dark of the West is about a princess shielded from the world and the young son of a general. When the general’s wife is killed, he quickly determines that the person responsible is the Queen of Etania. Resultingly, he sends his son to begin the plot of exacting his revenge upon the unsuspecting nation. There’s obviously a bit more to the story than that, of course, but you’ll have to check it out for yourself to find out.
What do you think of this book so far? Will you be adding it to your TBR? Will you pass on reading it? Let me know in the comments!