To read my review of the first book in this series, Rebel Wing (formerly titled Shattered Veil), click here.
I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Atalantan Army is beginning the slow process of integrating women into its ranks. No longer needing to hide behind the diatous veil, women soldiers find life among their male comrades even more difficult than it was before. Harassment is driving many of them away. That is, until a plan is hatched to make Aris Haan the face of female soldiers by making her efforts to save Ward Vadim public. Before Aris can be honored at a ceremony in Ruslana, though, her wingjet crashes in enemy territory. Injured, alone, and low on supplies, Aris must find her way to safety before the evil Elom catches up with her. Exciting battles, a young woman saving herself, and a dash of love makes for a brilliant second novel in a promising series.
Some of you might have read my review of Shattered Veil (now titled Rebel Wing) at the beginning of the year. I mentioned then that I was astounded it was independently published–it was so good that it seemed impossible. I’m happy to report that the author was very deservedly picked up by Alloy Entertainment earlier in the year, thus the new title, new cover, and hopefully some extra marketing throwing new fans her way.
I’m happy to say that Storm Fall lived up to my expectations. It was as fast-paced as the first, and I *almost* finished it in one sitting before the silly need to sleep got in the way. That’s how good it is! Well-written, the descriptions will immerse you in the world of Atalanta with the cool technology and glowing walkways and gorgeous buildings, and the action flows nicely–it really puts you in the middle of a busy battle scene without getting so technical that you can’t follow it.
Aris was just as lovable as ever. She’s really come into her own and knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it. Her love story is so believable and real–not like some books where it’s plunked in for the sake of things. And I like how Aris handles herself at the end, too. Like I said, she isn’t afraid to go for what she wants, even at the expense of romance.
I enjoyed exploring the other characters more thoroughly as well, and was particularly drawn in by Galena’s POV. Let’s just say I was really rooting for something to happen at the end, and when it got interrupted I couldn’t help but laugh (in the saddest sort of way)… of course it got interrupted.
But enough of these almost-spoilers. I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes a fast-paced, well-written sci-fi book with a main character who isn’t afraid to be herself. My only complaint is that it wasn’t longer!