Author: Tracy E. Banghart
Series: The Diatous Wars, book 1
Genre: YA/NA Sci-fi
Publisher: Tracy E. Banghart
Source: Review copy from publisher
“When everything that defines you is stripped away, who do you become?
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.”
Shattered Veil is the first book in The Diatous Wars by Tracy E. Banghart.
People, Shattered Veil is so good I wish I could you say: buy it, read it and thank me later; but I know your greedy minds need more for me to convince you. So here we go…
When she was a child Aris Haan was afflicted with an illness that left her so weak she had problems walking. When she was twelve her father taught her to flight and in the air Aris found the freedom she didn’t have in land. She not only felt in love with flying, she became the best wingjet pilot of her town, Lux.
The only thing that surpassed her love for flying is her love for her childhood sweetheart, Calix.
The time has come for Aris and Calix to have their professions selected. After the selection they plan to Promise (engagement). But things don’t go according to plan; Calix is selected for military service and in days he will be leaving Lux to serve in the Atalanta military. Atalanta is at war with Safara and things don’t look promising for Atalanta.
After Calix departure Aris is heartbroken, without him she can’t find her place in her village. Luckily for her she has way-out. A secret agency of the military approaches her and offers her the option of serving in the military as a pilot. The only drawback is that she will have to pretend to be a man (only men serve in the military) and will have to go through an intensive training.
Aris has been a weakling her whole life; people have always taken care of her. She knows she may not be strong enough to pass the tests, but she finds her strength in her love for Calix and doesn’t give up.
While serving she will be call Aristos and will use a new technology called the diatous veil to change her appearance.
Even though Aris joint the military to be close to Calix, soon her priorities start to change. Next to her commander, Major Vidar, she realizes that her role in the military is more important than love. She is excellent and what she does and she can make a difference saving lives.
If I’m honest, I started Shattered Veil with low expectations but just couple of pages in I was completely submerged and in love with the story. Mrs. Banghart gives us an insecure and weak young girl and page-by-page we see her grow and become a worthy heroine.
Aris wasn’t weak per se, but after her illness the people that surrounded her, to protect her, made her weak and didn’t expect much of her. She allowed them to do it and became dependent of them.
When Aris left her village behind and was forced to confront her weakness she didn’t shy away, she did her best and the results surprised even her.
In this newfound strength Aris also found the confidence and self-esteem she was lacking. Seeing her go through that transformation was inspiring and I couldn’t help but cheer for her along her journey.
I liked Calix on the beginning of the book, but after seeing things with other eyes I realized he was also part of the Aris “weak” problem. Calix is a caregiver at heart and for him taking care of Aris was important; for that he needed a weak Aris. I’m not saying he was bad for doing so, it just the way he is.
Major Vidar is an intriguing and dreamy character. He’s strong, determined and dedicated to the cause. Even though I realized who he was from the very beginning it was good to see the reasons behind his secret. I can’t say more without giving spoilers away, you need to read this book.
One thing I really loved about this book is that even though there are two-love interests, if I can call them that, there is not a love triangle.
There is an array of very interesting secondary characters, some of them play very important parts in the story. I can’t delve more without giving spoilers away. You need to read Shattered Veil.
Despite being a sci-fi world, the world Mrs. Banghart created is realistic and very vivid. I just needed to close my eyes to picture it. The technology, even though is futuristic is believable; it was easy to imagine how everything work.
Mrs. Banghart’s writing is spotless, fluid and the plot is perfectly paced. The characters are not only multidimensional, they also grow throughout the pages. There are many twists and turns with secrets woven into the story making of the Shattered Veil an impossible to put down book.
Shattered Veil was my first book by Tracy E. Banghart, but I can guarantee you it won’t be my last. Next book in The Diatous Wars series, Tangled Promise, will be release on February 2015. Saying I’m eagerly looking forward to read it is the understatement of the year.
I highly recommend Shattered Veil to sci-fi, dystopian and YA fans or to anyone who wants to read an excellent crafted book.
My Verdict: 5 Paws
Other books in the series
Tangled Promise (February 2015)
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