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By Blood (By Blood, 1)
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.
Why 3.8, you may ask. Why not just 4 stars? Great question. Shattered Veil is an awesome book. I immensely enjoyed it. It was much better, in my opinion, than By Blood. At the same time, it was a little boring.
It took awhile before the story really picked up. Even when it did, it was still a little bland.
Aris got on my nerves a lot. I was trying to be understanding, Calix was her life, flying was her life. To be with him, she put flying on hold, entered the army, and pretended to be male. For him. This is where it got me.
I didn’t mind that she went to the army for him, she needs some reason. But it took her forever to figure out there were more important things. Even the other female there was more focused on what she wanted instead of how she could help.
True, Aris changed her focus, and I found the story much more enjoyable after that.
As for the world building, Tracy executed wonderfully. Everything was believable. The technology was also interesting. I have no complaints there.
The romance itself was almost non-existent. Which I didn’t mind, it was nice to read a book where that wasn’t all consuming. And no love-triangle. I heaved the hugest sigh of relief when that was nipped in the bud.
I’m really looking forward to the rest of the series and to see where Aris and her lover (I’m not going to give a name because I thoroughly enjoyed the surprise it brought) go.
Calix and Aris do kiss a lot in the beginning and almost have sex in their cave on the beach.
Aris has a dream involving one of the men she works with. Not too detailed, she also kisses him later in the book.
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