Series: Rebel Wing Trilogy #2
Published by Alloy Entertainment on 2014-12-16
Length: 257 pages
Reviewing Kindle from Kindle Unlimited
Reading Challenges: #NGEW2023, 2023 Backlist Reader Challenge, COYER 2023
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'a leaders have set their sights on her, Atalanta's hero. ANd she must find them before they find her . . .
Storm Fall by Tracy Banghart is the follow up to Rebel Wing and picks up a few months after the events at the end of book one. Please note that there may be minor spoilers to that book in this review. Read at your own risk. Aris is recovering from her injuries after helping Milek save his mother across enemies lines. Outed as female, she is no longer welcome in the all-male military, and honestly is a bit lost as a result. Flying is what she knows, and Aris is no longer content to fly over the fields at home after what she has seen in battle. When the law is changed in honor of her sacrifice and women are allowed to be in the military, Milek invites Aris back. It’s up to her to decide what she wants.
I think I enjoyed this one more than the first. There were no secrets. Aris doesn’t have to hide who she is, and she can do what she loves: fly. I especially enjoyed the character growth we see here. She is so far from the fragile girl we met at the beginning of book one. Even with her new injuries, she is learning to cope and that she is stronger than she appears.
Her relationship with Milek is complicated and sweet all at the same time. I loved seeing their friendship blossom. In addition to that, I liked seeing how Aris fit back into her troop as a woman instead of the man she was disguised as. The dynamics shifted, but not in an altogether bad way. Some were supportive and others were not, very true to life.
Overall, I enjoyed Storm Fall. I loved the character growth and the action packed plot. Highly recommend for fans of sci-fi and dystopians.