Title: Storm Fall
Author: Tracy Banghart
Series: Rebel Wing, book 2
Genre: YA/NA Sci-fi
Publisher: Alloy Entertainment (December 16th)
Source: Review copy from publisher
In the action-packed sequel to Rebel Wing, Aris battles for life and love . . . and not everyone will survive.
Aris Haan gave up everything to join the Atalantan Military: her family, her boyfriend, even her identity. In the end, though, it didn’t matter that she was a war hero. When the all-male Military discovered that she was actually a woman, she was sent home and erased from history.
Now she has a chance to go back to the battlefield—as herself. But as hard as it was to be a soldier in disguise, it’s even more difficult now. The men in her unit undermine her at every turn. The Safaran army has spies everywhere, perhaps even on Aris’s stationpoint. And she’s falling for her mysterious superior officer, Milek. But their relationship is forbidden, just stolen moments between training sessions and missions. There’s no room for love in war.
Then Aris discovers that Safara’s leaders have set their sights on her, Atalanta’s hero. And she must find them before they find her . . .
Storm Fall is the second book in the Rebel Wing series by Tracy Banghart.
Storm Fall starts two months after the events in Rebel Wing (Shattered Veil). Aris Haan hasn’t been able to forget her months in the military, although it was a short time she left with scars that left her marred inside and out. She is dealing with PTSD and she also trying to find a place along her friends and her family; she’s not the girl she was before and she doesn’t fit with them as she once did.
She is surprised by the visit of Major Vadim who asks her to go back to service, this time as Aris and not Aristos. The service of women in the military is now in the open and they want her to be the public image of women in the military. He also informs her that for her service during the rescue of Ward Vadim she has been promoted to lieutenant.
After some days of consideration Aris returns to the military, but things are harder than what she was expecting. The majority of the men don’t want women serving with them and they want even less a woman commanding them. She not only suffers harassment but also her authority is undermined at every turn. To add to that, she’s dealing with her forbidden feelings for her commander officer, Milek.
After reading Rebel Wing (Shattered Veil) saying I was eagerly awaiting for the release of this book is the understatement of the year. The problem when you want something so much is that your expectations get very high and in most of the cases you have to deal with disappointment. I’m happy to say that was not the case of Storm Fall, Tracy Banghart delivers another winning story.
Aris has come a long way. She is now more mature, stronger, and self-confident. She knows what she wants and she knows her strengths. She also knows what she does reflects in other women and always gives her best. I really liked her, she is one of those heroines you can’t help but like and cheer along the way.
Storm Fall is heavier in the romance department comparing to first book. I’m saying this not as a complaint, because I was actually pretty happy with how things were developed between Aris and Malik.
Now, I have to talk about Malik. I love him! Looooove him! I loved how he accepts Aris the way she is, how he never pushes her and how he believes intrinsically in her strength and her intelligence. There were circumstances in which he could have gone all macho protector on her, but he didn’t because he respects her. I love him more for it.
The seeds of their romance were planted in first book and we see them flourish in this installment. I loved how they took their time to fall into each other’s arms. I loved how they are aware of the complications their relationship will bring them and how they are willing to fight for their love. They are perfect together because they bring out the best of the other.
In this installment we see more of Galena and Pyralis. I enjoyed seeing them together and can’t wait to see what Banghart has in store for them.
One character I wasn’t expecting to see or at least to see that much was Calix, but I’m glad Banghart brought him back into the story. He was a lot better this time around; he was almost likeable.
The plot about the war is further developed. The crisis is at its peak and every little mistake can be disastrous. We learn new things about the enemy, things that bring to the light the atrocities of war. We also learned about some secret plans Ward Balias has been working on and they are scary as hell. The only problem is I have to wait for next book to know more about them.
Storm Fall is a great follow up to fantastic series. No second book syndrome here. It was everything I was expecting it to be and more.
I recommend Storm Fall to YA/NA Sci-fi fans or to anyone who wants to read a well-written book, with a smart story and compelling characters. I also recommend reading Rebel Wing first to get a better understanding of what’s going on in the story. Actually, you should read Rebel Wing because it’s an amazing book, it’s one of my favorite reads of this year… and I have read many books…. So what are you waiting for? Go buy it and read it now! And then read Storm Fall… You can thank me later… chocolate is a good way to thank me.
For real people, you need to read this series. I really don’t understand why these books are not better known. The Rebel Wing series is simply made of awesome!
My Verdict: 4 ½ Paws
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