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Battles, revolution, and romance collide in Joanna Hathaway's stunning, World Wars-inspired Southern Sun, Northern Star Reeling from the tragedy that beset her family, Princess Aurelia has joined the resistance in Havenspur, spying on the Northern leaders who were once her allies and determined to stop her uncle's machinations for war. Meanwhile, her beloved pilot Athan lea Battles, revolution, and romance collide in Joanna Hathaway's stunning, World Wars-inspired Southern Sun, Northern Star Reeling from the tragedy that beset her family, Princess Aurelia has joined the resistance in Havenspur, spying on the Northern leaders who were once her allies and determined to stop her uncle's machinations for war. Meanwhile, her beloved pilot Athan leads his squadron into battle as the Safire wage a losing war abroad and combat growing unrest back home. When Athan is sent on leave to Havenspur following the death of a comrade, the pair reunite and rekindle their romance until Aurelia uncovers one of Athan's secrets, a secret that could save countless lives. But exposing it to the right people will cost her Athan's trust, and this time, their shared memories of love might not be enough to stop the fateful path of destruction that threatens all they've fought to defend. As history unfolds around them, every move they make drives them one step closer to either recreating their parents' shadowed past or redeeming the alliance that could bring peace. The breathtaking finale to a legendary series. Part war drama, part romance, Southern Sun, Northern Star is the epic conclusion to the Glass Alliance series.


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Battles, revolution, and romance collide in Joanna Hathaway's stunning, World Wars-inspired Southern Sun, Northern Star Reeling from the tragedy that beset her family, Princess Aurelia has joined the resistance in Havenspur, spying on the Northern leaders who were once her allies and determined to stop her uncle's machinations for war. Meanwhile, her beloved pilot Athan lea Battles, revolution, and romance collide in Joanna Hathaway's stunning, World Wars-inspired Southern Sun, Northern Star Reeling from the tragedy that beset her family, Princess Aurelia has joined the resistance in Havenspur, spying on the Northern leaders who were once her allies and determined to stop her uncle's machinations for war. Meanwhile, her beloved pilot Athan leads his squadron into battle as the Safire wage a losing war abroad and combat growing unrest back home. When Athan is sent on leave to Havenspur following the death of a comrade, the pair reunite and rekindle their romance until Aurelia uncovers one of Athan's secrets, a secret that could save countless lives. But exposing it to the right people will cost her Athan's trust, and this time, their shared memories of love might not be enough to stop the fateful path of destruction that threatens all they've fought to defend. As history unfolds around them, every move they make drives them one step closer to either recreating their parents' shadowed past or redeeming the alliance that could bring peace. The breathtaking finale to a legendary series. Part war drama, part romance, Southern Sun, Northern Star is the epic conclusion to the Glass Alliance series.

30 review for Southern Sun, Northern Star

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee » libraryinthecountry

    ”War is not loneliest for the dead, or the disappeared.” We are finally to the end, and every shed tear, every smile of joy and gasp of shock has paid off. This is far and beyond, one of the best stories I’ve ever read – beautifully told in all of its haunting glory – and I just want to recommend it across the world to all who will listen. “This one, right here!” I’ll point and say. “This is the one you need to read.” From the very first page, of the first book, the Glass Alliance series is a ”War is not loneliest for the dead, or the disappeared.” We are finally to the end, and every shed tear, every smile of joy and gasp of shock has paid off. This is far and beyond, one of the best stories I’ve ever read – beautifully told in all of its haunting glory – and I just want to recommend it across the world to all who will listen. “This one, right here!” I’ll point and say. “This is the one you need to read.” From the very first page, of the first book, the Glass Alliance series is a soul-stirring and passionately written story of love, war, family and sacrifice. Athan and Ali are twin stars hurtling across the universe for each other, always on the razor’s edge, their journey inevitable. I long to see Ali and Athan’s story shared amongst readers like me, who look at our world – our past, our present and our future – and think of all who have been lost and those they’ve left behind. Those who have crawled and fought their way for something better and those who look out to the horizon and wonder, “What if?” For that is this story at its heart. And it will forever live in my heart of hearts. This series starts with a naive Princess who believes herself untouchable and a pilot that’s a General’s son who wants nothing to do with his father’s war. But as we know, war is waged by the old, but it is the youth who most suffer. Despite their undying love for each other, the Princess and pilot find themselves on opposite ends of a world war and conflicts decades in the making. Over seas and mountains and crumbling cities, they fight to hold on to each other and their vision for a better future. But with that fight comes the sting of betrayal and the pulling of countless triggers. ”Can we betray and love at once? I’m beginning to think so.” If there’s one thing that has always called to me, it’s the stories of the people who experienced the World Wars. The people who would otherwise be forgotten, had their stories not been recorded for generations to come. The Glass Alliance series is a fantasy that is clearly inspired by the stories of those people and it’s clear how sincerely Hathaway strove to put them to page and give a voice to those forgotten by history. From the refugees, to the resistance fighters, to the soldiers and sailors and pilots who only wish to go home, it’s all here and it’s profound in its account. When I reviewed the first book, I mentioned how it reminded me of Atonement – and this series still does (albeit with a different kind of ending 😉). We are first introduced to the story with a prologue that clearly takes place in the future and we know that the characters have experienced immense pain and loss to get to that point. We finally reach that prologue scene in this book and damn if I didn’t have a sob in my throat throughout the whole thing. But there is also SO much love in this book as well. It’s a desperate, wild sort of love, that knows the world would rather crush it under its heel, but it’s a love that still sprouts and grows and spreads under that weight. I love Athan and Ali’s story so much, but also the stories of all the other characters in this series: Cyar, Kalt, Tirza, Elan, Leannya, Reni, Fenn, Lark, Trigg, Mati, Arrin and so many others. Needless to say, I see kindred hearts in the characters within these pages and am so glad Hathaway brought us their stories. I hope that others will find them and come to love them as much as I do. Eyes on the horizon, always. Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an early review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I barely ate and drank while reading this, and I have a headache from how much I've been crying. It's a glorious, heartbreaking, tragic, magnificent end to a glorious, heartbreaking, tragic, magnificent series. It's fucking unreal that this series is over. I barely ate and drank while reading this, and I have a headache from how much I've been crying. It's a glorious, heartbreaking, tragic, magnificent end to a glorious, heartbreaking, tragic, magnificent series. It's fucking unreal that this series is over.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pennin

    August 19th, 2020 WE HAVE A COVER! I REPEAT! WE! HAVE! A! COVER! July 14th, 2020 What will be the colour of the cover? I'm betting on red for blood of all the characters that will die in this book. July 3rd, 2020 I know this book will mess me the fuck up and yet, here I am. August 19th, 2020 WE HAVE A COVER! I REPEAT! WE! HAVE! A! COVER! July 14th, 2020 What will be the colour of the cover? I'm betting on red for blood of all the characters that will die in this book. July 3rd, 2020 I know this book will mess me the fuck up and yet, here I am.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Bennett

    Thank you so much to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review! I am not even sure where to start with this review. I have many thoughts and I went through a whirlwind of feelings but I will do my best to type it out and hopefully it makes sense. In the beginning, there is a prologue and I wasn’t sure how it fit into it all but it does show us the tragedy of war and that is quite fitting for this entire book. As with the other books, there are two point-of-views: Atha Thank you so much to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review! I am not even sure where to start with this review. I have many thoughts and I went through a whirlwind of feelings but I will do my best to type it out and hopefully it makes sense. In the beginning, there is a prologue and I wasn’t sure how it fit into it all but it does show us the tragedy of war and that is quite fitting for this entire book. As with the other books, there are two point-of-views: Athan and Aurelia. There is also a surprise one (besides the prologue) that is found much later in the book. I enjoyed being back in Athan’s and Aurelia’s mind. This time it was much different as war has really changed them both, especially Aurelia. Aurelia aka Ali has seen and been through a lot through the course of the books. I have felt for her so many times but it was hard at times to like her in this one. She did a lot of things that didn’t fit who she was but it also made sense as war changes everyone. She had good intentions, but sometimes good intentions lead to bad results. Athan is the same old pilot we know and love. He is out there doing his job and I loved reading about the plane fight scenes even if they were brutal at times. Thinking about it now, I would say that he has grown and in a good way. As with Aurelia, he wanted what was best for his people. He did have good intentions as well and again, some led to bad results. It’s easy to see the similarities between them, but at the same time he knew where his loyalty was. I couldn’t always say the same for Aurelia. The romance between them wasn’t as big as the other two books but it worked well for the plot as it focuses more on their jobs and being away from each other. Aurelia doesn’t always make it easy on Athan to love her but he still sticks by her no matter what. I will say that he is very dedicated because I definitely wouldn’t have been so understanding in a few of the situations. I still can’t deny their love though. It’s one of my favorites. With war comes violence and tragic losses. I’m trying not to cry just writing this out, ha. I was worried who would head to the grave and I definitely felt the losses. I cried for one and it wasn’t even for the one I was most upset about! This is a very brutal book and it will tug at your heartstrings. When it came to the pacing, there was a few slow moments but it wasn’t hard to continue on because I needed to know what would happen next. The ending was not what I expected and had me in tears. Don’t worry it was for a good reason! Overall, I loved this book! It’s hard to put into words what I feel for it. As the finale for a trilogy, it’s hard to say goodbye to the characters and the journey they have taken to get here. I have loved each book dearly. I know these books will remain on my shelf for many, many years and I also know I will revisit them one day down the road.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Hathaway

    Wow, I can't believe we've made it to the end of the journey. Thank you to everyone for supporting this series with so much love and enthusiasm—it has been such a joy for me! If you've pre-ordered Southern Sun, Northern Star, don't miss out on your chance to receive some gorgeous art work to celebrate the finale of the series. Complete details are on my website or on my Instagram account (@spitfirewriter). I've also started sharing some sneak peeks of the final Glass Alliance installment on IG. Pl Wow, I can't believe we've made it to the end of the journey. Thank you to everyone for supporting this series with so much love and enthusiasm—it has been such a joy for me! If you've pre-ordered Southern Sun, Northern Star, don't miss out on your chance to receive some gorgeous art work to celebrate the finale of the series. Complete details are on my website or on my Instagram account (@spitfirewriter). I've also started sharing some sneak peeks of the final Glass Alliance installment on IG. Please do come visit me there! I absolutely love getting to know all of you and that's where you'll find me most often. You'll also find some fun extras like Readalongs for the first two books, if an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the history and inspirations for the series intrigues you. As well, it's the best place to hear about updates on any forthcoming events and projects. I hope you'll enjoy Southern Sun, Northern Star as much as I enjoyed writing it (tears and all)! <3

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    Thank you, Tor Teen, for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Content warnings: war, violence, blood, death, suicidal ideation, PTSD Seeing as this is the final book in the series, this review will most likely contain spoilers. Please read at your own risk. All quotes are taken from the digital ARC and may change in the finished, final copy. “The old still think this is their war… They think they can hold us back with fear, but this isn’t their war any Thank you, Tor Teen, for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Content warnings: war, violence, blood, death, suicidal ideation, PTSD Seeing as this is the final book in the series, this review will most likely contain spoilers. Please read at your own risk. All quotes are taken from the digital ARC and may change in the finished, final copy. “The old still think this is their war… They think they can hold us back with fear, but this isn’t their war any longer–it’s ours. The world will be what we make it, not them.” Plot Oh man, what a ride! I know this is a book about war, and I can’t imagine living through it the way Ali and Athan did but gosh, this book was hard to read. It was emotionally heavy, and for our main characters, it’s mentally and physically heavy as well. But boy, does Hathaway know how to spin a tale and to keep our hearts on edge. I absolutely adored how this book was a bit like a magnifying lens in current and past wars from every country and just how devastating it can be for everyone, whether you’re winning or losing or just caught in between. There is no mercy and no difference to some. I found Hathaway did a good job balancing the “heavy” with “light.” Despite all things, we do see hope, however little and fragile it may be. We think there may be no reckoning for Ali or Athan, but ultimately we see everything they’ve done is simply to survive, and that, I think, is the strongest thing to do. In Southern Sun, Northern Star, we’re taken all over this fantasy world, see how everything is suffering, whether they’re involved in the war or not. The war itself is something that had been brewing–unbeknownst to some–for centuries. While I was shocked by the ending of Storm from the East, I was curious to see how those particular events would come into play in SSNS, especially with the General. Lo and behold when the real reason Sinora and the General are at each other’s throats is revealed. I thought, “How genius and wild for Hathaway to weave that in!” but also how cunning and clever is Sinora for doing what she did. I’ll admit I actually wanted to see more on-page scenes with the General, especially considering all that his children have done throughout this book. I liked the way this book ended as well, given the circumstances. I’m glad we were able to see some characters stand up for what they believe in and how some admit what they’ve done is wrong. I also think Hathaway does a good job of exploring the whole “I was listening to my commanding officer/higher up/superior” while still showing the trauma, guilt, and internal struggle of this. Just a note: We see the prologue of Dark of the West come full circle in that book, so if you were like me, wondering if that would happen, the answer is yes. (And if you’re wondering if the prologue in this book will hurt you, the answer is also yes.) “How rotten to make death and sacrifice out to be noble, and a desire for life and love to be greedy. None of us should be dying. None of us should be killing. How rotten that the ones in power make us accept this reality, to be forced into these rules that should never exist.” Characters Oh, I knew these characters would suffer but how little did I know the emotional toll it would take. The prologue of the book really had to me worried as well! Right off the bat we see Hathaway use some of the characters as fodder (but that’s to be expected, right?) and dang, I was quite sad about it. It felt a bit like things were finally sinking in, especially for both Ali and Athan. Almost like what they thought they could keep at bay or seemed far away is now true and real and painful. I will say one of the most surprising things was how I felt about Arrin Dakar. Truthfully I really disliked him in the first two books, and I figured I’d continue in that way. But to be honest… My feelings changed. He is a product of what his father made him, and that’s the truth in a sense with both Kalt and Athan as well, despite how much the latter two wanted to fight that. These three sons, and even Leannya, never truly had the chance to be children. We see the nearly carefree attitude of Athan break down ever so slowly until he becomes a shell. There is still love between these siblings and that’s reflected more in this final book. My favorite person to come out of this book is Leannya and damn, does she deserve all the credit for what she’s done. How clever of her as well. Ali seems like a completely different person. I don’t mean that in a bad way; she’s simply had no other choice. She is a survivor, and in a war like this, you have to be one, you have to keep moving and reaching. And Ali really has her world turned upside down completely. She is still a royal, but she looks at them with near disdain now, especially her brother, Reni. There’s an excellent quote that really encompasses this when Ali sees Reni after at least a year. “Claiming to be doing the right thing while feasting with the wicked. While having no idea how close to death the rest of have truly been, fighting to stay strong in a world that doesn’t want to know us.” Writing Style Hathaway writes an amazing story. I loved the contrast between Ali and Athan, and how essentially they want the same thing but achieved it in different ways. When you look at Book 1, you may wonder how in the world we got where we are. Hathaway throws punches and does a great job really examining the effects, and ultimately the precious cost, of war. I was really invested in the story despite the fact that I had to read something a little lighter; I think it’s because I mainly feared the worst for everyone, and wondered if Hathaway would really end things…devastatingly sad. Yes, there were times that I cried, especially those last 15 pages or so. When that happens I know this is a story that will stick with me. “War doesn’t give us right and wrong. It gives us simply war, and on the other side of that, some will be free, and some will be alone. Some of us will work to do better, and some will pay for their crimes, but none of it will ever bring back the lives lost.” Blog || Instagram || Twitter

  7. 5 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    read on my blog rep: biracial protagonist, brown side character, wlw side character, gay side character cw: descriptions of war, war injuries, etc. **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** War is not loneliest for the dead, or the disappeared. This novel is the last book of a trilogy that I’ve greatly loved, so of course, I couldn’t wait to read it! I was ready to return to the Glass Alliance wor read on my blog rep: biracial protagonist, brown side character, wlw side character, gay side character cw: descriptions of war, war injuries, etc. **I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.** War is not loneliest for the dead, or the disappeared. This novel is the last book of a trilogy that I’ve greatly loved, so of course, I couldn’t wait to read it! I was ready to return to the Glass Alliance world and see what becomes of the characters. Southern Sun, Northern Star was a thrilling finale, with amazing character development and a sprawling plot. This review contains spoilers for book one and book two. After her mother’s death, Aurelia has turned to her mother’s past, becoming a rebel in the South and spying on a Northern general. Meanwhile, Athan continues in his father and brother’s war efforts, following their orders but growing more and more uncertain of this war. When he arrives in the city Ali is based in on leave, they rekindle their romance until Ali uses information she’s gleaned from him against him. War unfolds, and their love is caught in the middle of it, yet again. If you enjoyed the political intrigue and war-torn plot of the past two books, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. I will say that at times, I think some of the descriptions of the battles could have been condensed; the depth that Hathaway goes into might be more appreciated in an adult audience, but as it is, the first half gets a little tedious at times. Looking back, though, I suppose the length of time we spend reading about battles and planning is probably more realistic, as it emphasizes the war raging around Athan and Ali. As in the first two books, I really liked Ali and Athan’s dynamic. The tables have turned here though; now it’s Ali keeping secrets while Athan is none the wiser. Even when they’re at odds, you can still feel the love between them. They spend much of the book separate, on their own journeys, but I really loved their scenes together. Also, as I said in my review of the second book, I’m a sucker for messed-up sibling relationships, which the Dakar siblings certainly provide. I was relishing every single scene with Arrin, who’s ruthless and willing to do whatever it takes, but also completely unwilling to let his siblings come into harm’s way. His scenes with Athan made me tear up honestly. I also liked that we got to see a bit more of Leannya; she proves to be an interesting character throughout the book. I can’t really say much about the plot without spoiling it. Both Athan’s and Ali’s chapters follow the war, although Athan has a front-row seat to the battles and Ali is operating from the sidelines as a part of the rebellion. Like I said above, some parts do drag a little, but I also think there are other scenes interspersed that make up for them. The ending was particularly poetic; it all wraps up neatly, but not too neatly if that makes sense. This is where I think the length and pacing of the book proved to be a good choice because nothing is too sudden or random. We build up to events properly, which made the events of the whole series feel paid off. The last quarter of this book really put me through the wringer though; I was almost in tears by the last chapter. We’re our own myth in the making. Southern Sun, Northern Star ended on a beautiful note and reaffirmed the series’s message that war always has its consequences. I really enjoyed the series as a whole, particularly the character development. If you haven’t picked this series up yet, I definitely recommend it, especially now that Southern Sun, Northern Star is (almost) out! original review: they had us in the first half, i'm not gonna lie... seriously though, I think some parts of this book could've been cut, just because hathaway goes very in-depth about battle, which got a bit tedious. I think that might've been better suited for an adult market, not a ya one. that being said tho, looking back, it did feel more realistic, I guess? wars are often long games. anyways the last 25% made me cry, especially the ending

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aylin

    I got to read an early copy of this book for an honest review: The final book in the Glass Alliance series was a worthy end to a great story. I don't usually like war stories but beside all the battles what makes this book and the whole series so great is the characters and the world building. Though I need to read the books again to makes sense of all the political intrigues and alliances among the countries and leaders, overall it shows how complex life and war is. Nothing is really black and w I got to read an early copy of this book for an honest review: The final book in the Glass Alliance series was a worthy end to a great story. I don't usually like war stories but beside all the battles what makes this book and the whole series so great is the characters and the world building. Though I need to read the books again to makes sense of all the political intrigues and alliances among the countries and leaders, overall it shows how complex life and war is. Nothing is really black and white and I think this is the greatest achievemnt of this series. In this book, the war that was on the horizon from the start has now fully engulfed the world. But here again, proxy wars are being fought over countries that are supposed to turn the tides, people become restless and examples are being made to appease the public. And people are making decisions that will change the outcome of the war completely. Even though some events are - to not make this book double the length - cut short and happen off the page, there is an ending to the book and series that is defenitly worthy of all the details that have been meticuously included throughout. More than the story though, I think the book lives from the characters. In the end, it's a story about a war so there is predictability to it and how it will be concluded. Though I really did not see the ending happening like this, I think is was extremely well done. I love how Hathaway was able to wrap up the story with the perfect amount of pain, hope and happiness. Thoughout, there are noumerous occasions that show that there are indeed very high stakes in this war and that not everyone survives or gets a happy ending. Arguably though, after everything that happened to each character, I'm not sure any of them really has a happy ending. Not only do they experience some really horrible situations themselves, I don't think any of the people in this story are innocent, not even the main characters Ali and Athan. As we see the world though their eyes we also see their struggle with what they 'have to' do in order to sway this war in the direction that they want to. It's though their eyes also, that we see other characters. So while in book one, we might know about something horrible the character has done or was involved in, by book three they have so many layers to them, that this first view might not hold truth so much any more. I would love for the author to write about some of those secondary characters (as long as it's not as painful as reading my favourite secondary characters story in this book :))! There are so many great dialogues that don't just make the characters in the book grow but give the reader an opportunity to reflect on the world as well. But not just in those situiations, for me this holds especially true in the entire last part of the book. This was very hard to read considering real world wars and the consequences that are happening every day but we forget because they don't happen to us... The atmosphere of the book is also emphasized by the language and writing style. Hathaway has just such a beautifully poetic writing style that goes so well with the story she tells. And with all the inspiration that was taken from real live events, it made reading so much more intense when I figured them out. Espically the parallels to the Bismarck and Tirpitz. Those moments made everything so much more emotional and made a really big impact. I was torn between reading this book in one sitting and giving myself time because I did not want it to end. Now that I'm done, I can say with the deepest conviction that this series is certainly among the top three books/series I ever read, if not the best. I want everyone to know about these books because they are missing out on a great story if they don't know about them. I'm so grateful I picked them up.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda

    Likes: *War is horrible and it affects everyone on both sides or every side, in awful ways. This book is the culmination of the war Safire is waging, the precipice where we find out which way the ending will unfold. And it comes with fire, death, and the sheer will to keep going, fighting and surviving. We are at the front lines, we are in the trenches with these characters and it’s grueling. *We see Aurelia make the most drastic change of all the characters, she becomes the thing she never though Likes: *War is horrible and it affects everyone on both sides or every side, in awful ways. This book is the culmination of the war Safire is waging, the precipice where we find out which way the ending will unfold. And it comes with fire, death, and the sheer will to keep going, fighting and surviving. We are at the front lines, we are in the trenches with these characters and it’s grueling. *We see Aurelia make the most drastic change of all the characters, she becomes the thing she never thought she could be. The reason I love this series is in most fantasies where a girl turns into a killing machine, there is an evil she is fighting. In this series, it is not so black and white ~ there is so much gray and the killing here is realistic. It is people killing people, not people killing fantastical creatures/people. So Aurelia changing from a sheltered Princess into a killer, saddened me. I was hoping someone would keep their innocence in this war but that’s what war does – it robs the young of their innocence. *Athan’s change comes with being a fighter pilot for way too many campaigns. He has killed, shot planes down, it’s become automatic but something has got to give. What gives is his family breaking apart. Athan’s childhood and young adult life has been tragic, but in this final book it takes his tragedy to a new level. Athan could have broken so many times…but he stays strong as best he can, it’s all he can do. *All the loose ends are tied up nicely in this conclusion. Secrets are revealed and very hard choices are made. The writing is beautiful consistent from the start to the finish of this trilogy. Random Notes: Triggers: death, violence, war, PTSD *Arrin was the one who I wanted to know more about as the books went on and we do find out more about him which I’m happy for but his story is sad. Everyone’s story broke my heart but I was hoping something could turn around for Arrin. *I’m not sure if it was just me, but there were some spots I had to reread because I felt like I missed something, for example, the General’s secret being revealed. It took me awhile to realize how Athan found out, but minor things like that where I should have been paying more close attention, I think it was because I was so emotionally exhausted (the war scenes are gritty), I just missed a few things because I was trying to look for a happy moment and in this book it is rarely there. Final Thoughts: This book is the perfect conclusion to the whole Glass Alliance series. What could I expect of a story of two families mired in war? Heartbreak. Despair. But it was so realistic, I was always hoping so hard for the war in the story to end. I love how this series delves into the changes that happen to the characters and shows how war affects everyone involved in it from the front lines, the masterminds and the people bothering not getting their hands dirty. From start to finish this series was written beautifully. It’s definitely a must read if you are into historical fantasy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ilisha

    I genuinely don’t get how this series is so underrated, because it’s one of the best I’ve read in a long time. It’s beautifully-crafted, it has amazing characters, it’s a perfect blend of action and politics with a heartbeat of heartbreakingly sweet romance. And SSNS takes things to a whole new level, with its airfights and espionage and political maneuvering and military action, and scenes that I'm still currently crying over. I going to reread this book countless times over, but it’ll take a I genuinely don’t get how this series is so underrated, because it’s one of the best I’ve read in a long time. It’s beautifully-crafted, it has amazing characters, it’s a perfect blend of action and politics with a heartbeat of heartbreakingly sweet romance. And SSNS takes things to a whole new level, with its airfights and espionage and political maneuvering and military action, and scenes that I'm still currently crying over. I going to reread this book countless times over, but it’ll take a long while to fully recover from all the Feels™. It’s sad to see Ali and Athan – who once had such soft hearts, who were once so in love with each other and the world – make their way through all the secrets, all the betrayals, all the grief and blood and inevitable loss that comes with war and revolution. Both of them could have broken, and perhaps they did break, so many times, and yet they survived, they forged on, they kept fighting, and they never stopped hoping in a brighter world. Their journey is so sad, but also powerful, and radiant with a soft, fragile, indestructible hope. And all the other characters were just as haunting and just as fantastic: Cyar, all the Dakars, Seath, Tirza and Elan and Damir, Kaziah, Rahelle and Mati, and everyone else fighting and surviving and living. (Also, I'm really glad to know that all the Dakar siblings are helpless romantics, lmao) I wish this could have been two books instead of one, because it has lots of things that would have been so interesting to clarify and explore further, especially in comparison to the first two books. Still, this doesn't really affect my overall view on this book, because it's terrifying to realize how this story began and how it ended. Terrifying, and very heartbreaking. It really feels like a journey of Feels, and I can't decide if it's hauntingly beautiful or beautifully haunting. Also: Glass Alliance deserves so much praise for its historical inspiration. The 1940s feels, the WWs atmosphere, all the references to real-life events that make the world seem completely different and yet so very familiar. There's just ... so much in this story, from the generational feuds to the star-crossed love to the family drama to all the concepts of war and imperialism and revolution - with stakes that are so grand and destructive and sweeping, but rooted in so much heart. This story is going to be the history of its own world someday, and it’s exactly what it deserves. (also, this are all my rambling – VERY SPOILERY AND VERY LONG – thoughts on the book that are way too incoherent and haphazard to be part of an actual review, lmao: https://wishesofeternity.tumblr.com/p...)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lyzabeth

    TW: Death, violence, war, Firstly, I would like to thank NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for a copy of this e-arc. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete the book before its release day but I am still determined to complete my review of this book. Overall, I didn't only give this book 5/5 stars but also this series. I first started this series back in 2019 after the release of the first book and was utterly floored by Joanna Hathaway's ability to beautifully weave a tragic love story into a f TW: Death, violence, war, Firstly, I would like to thank NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge for a copy of this e-arc. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete the book before its release day but I am still determined to complete my review of this book. Overall, I didn't only give this book 5/5 stars but also this series. I first started this series back in 2019 after the release of the first book and was utterly floored by Joanna Hathaway's ability to beautifully weave a tragic love story into a fictional world of politics and royalty. While the series is heavily influenced by World War II, it is completely fictional but draws upon inspiration from real-life leaders, locations, conflicts and people. Ultimately, the depictions of war, hardship and death were hard to read sometimes and I felt it was difficult to separate real-life events from the story - that aspect ultimately grounded the story into something that felt real and tangible. At the core, this series and this book is a love story about a young couple separated by nations, war and politics. It deals with the internal struggle of wanting to follow your heart but also what you know you must do for the greater good. The constant internal conflict from our protagonists meant that no decision was ever easy and while you constantly wanted the best for them - life and alliance often would get in the way of that. Hathaway did an amazing job of creating such real characters, not just our main two, but all the supporting roles in the series meant that anything that happened felt like a sting tugging on your soul. My only issues with this third book in the series were its pacing and development. As the finale, there were lots of questions to be answered and while everything wrapped up - there were a few open questions I felt weren't tackled in enough detail. And with the expanse of time, geography and issues to cover some moments felt slower than others. But the intensity of the story and stakes meant that you only ever wanted to keep reading. But overall, I had very little negative to say about the book or the series. This will forever be cherished as one of my all-time favourites with its immaculate world-building, determined characters and shocking revelations. This book and series will make you laugh, cry and fall completely in love.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Cox

    Overall stars: 3.4, but it DRAGGED. If it wasn't so masterfully done, it would be a 3 star. In the third and final installment of The Glass Alliance series, Aurelia and Athan fight daily for the things they believe in (honestly, I still am not fully sure what that is, though). "Storm from the East" brings betrayals to their head. See my review for "Dark of the West" to talk about the basics. For me, this book had such potential. The first one set up the rest of the series so well and I enjoyed t Overall stars: 3.4, but it DRAGGED. If it wasn't so masterfully done, it would be a 3 star. In the third and final installment of The Glass Alliance series, Aurelia and Athan fight daily for the things they believe in (honestly, I still am not fully sure what that is, though). "Storm from the East" brings betrayals to their head. See my review for "Dark of the West" to talk about the basics. For me, this book had such potential. The first one set up the rest of the series so well and I enjoyed the read. The second book dragged through the first half, but then picked up and enchanted me all over again. They BOTH let me mull over the prologue to see if I could figure out where it would come in. But, dang, "Southern Sun, Northern Star." I'm a little disappointed. They came together, then separated, then betrayed, then came together, rinse, repeat. It dragged so hard in the middle that I considered DNF'ing it altogether. Everything is so wonderful, but could have absolutely been condensed. Characters: 4. Plot and pacing: 2....dragggggg Worldbuilding: 4. SORRY, am I an idiot? I sometimes feel like I can't figure out the politics for the life of me. I even laid in bed last night trying to do a "politics for dummies" rundown to myself. Ah, well....I'll figure it out. “Wow”-factor: 3 Likelihood of recommending: 4 My Star Rating Guide: 5 – This book absolutely “wow”-ed me in all five aspects. I am likely to recommend this to many of my friends or students. I will also likely follow this author’s career and read their future books. 4 – This was a better than solid read. Excelled in most categories but did not leave me desperate to pick it back up. I am still likely to recommend this to a friend in conversation. 3 – This was a solid read. I enjoyed the time I spent reading it and I don’t regret it. I wouldn’t purchase this myself, but if asked for a recommendation in this genre, I might mention it. 2 – This book did not rank well in the five chosen aspects. I will likely not recommend this book, but it probably had one to two redeeming qualities. 1 – None of this story appealed to me personally, I will not recommend this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Iza

    First of all, please only read this review if you've read the previous books, Dark of the West and Storm from the East. There might be spoilers from them. How can one put into words the immense love one has for a book, for the characters, for a world? Going in, I knew - or sort of knew - what to expect. Heartbreak - because still, it's a fantasy trilogy based on the two World Wars and, as I said, if you've read the first two books, you're already familiar with the author's way of writing it all. First of all, please only read this review if you've read the previous books, Dark of the West and Storm from the East. There might be spoilers from them. How can one put into words the immense love one has for a book, for the characters, for a world? Going in, I knew - or sort of knew - what to expect. Heartbreak - because still, it's a fantasy trilogy based on the two World Wars and, as I said, if you've read the first two books, you're already familiar with the author's way of writing it all. As in, no sugarcoating it. You can tell much research has been done, in order for the reader to feel like they're right there, in the middle of bombs dropping and people fleeing for their lives. You're right in the middle of the utter chaos that war is. I wanted to know how we get to the scene described in the prologue of Dark of the West. A tired pilot who's seen more than he had ever thought he would while in the Academy and a princess-turned-rebel. Because these two... oh, man do I love them! Yes, there were times I wanted to shake them both - mostly Ali - but, as it all unfolded and things started to make sense, I thought, "Yes, now I get it." Because, as the author made sure to show us, we're all people, no matter the rank or status and we can and do make mistakes. Some are bigger than others, having a larger impact, on a whole other level. But we also have the means of making things right. We don't always know what that right is or how to do it, but we can do our best. It was a whirlwind, a roller coaster of emotions and, after reaching the half point, I couldn't put it down and stayed up way too late - or early? - to finish it. Because it just couldn't be. Did my heart break into itty-bitty pieces? Nope, it was shattered. Not once, but many times. I was sure I couldn't take anymore of it, but then Ms. Hathaway would come to the rescue with a cute scene or a swoon-worthy one. The relationships and the dynamics are, just like in the other two - amazing. Given the hardships and, well, war, some characters distance themselves from one another, while others get closer, i.e. Athan and Arrin. The latter I've come to love with my shattered heart and I hope other readers will feel the same. He was never the bad guy, he just had to do bad things. It'll make sense once you've read the book, believe me. Will I ever reread it? Yes. Not in the near future because I'm still not okay from everything that happened. Do I recommend it? YES. A thousand times YES! I can't wait to get a hardcover of this beauty. P.S. I thought the author would kill me with the prologues. The last nail was actually the epilogue. Which also cupped the shattered pieces of my heart and put them back together. I voluntarily agreed to read an early copy via Netgalley. Many thanks to Tor for giving me this opportunity. My rating is 5+ stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amy Aislin

    I am absolutely devastated at the end of this series. Just a heaping, sobbing, snotty, unconsolable mess. This series is, without a doubt, one of the best I have ever read. But it is heavy. Not dark, necessarily. But it deals with heavy materials, and so I would not recommend binge-reading all three books in a row like I did. Because like I said...heavy. The series ends off an a note for hope and a better future, but getting there was VERY hard-won for everyone, and I wanted to wrap up all of my I am absolutely devastated at the end of this series. Just a heaping, sobbing, snotty, unconsolable mess. This series is, without a doubt, one of the best I have ever read. But it is heavy. Not dark, necessarily. But it deals with heavy materials, and so I would not recommend binge-reading all three books in a row like I did. Because like I said...heavy. The series ends off an a note for hope and a better future, but getting there was VERY hard-won for everyone, and I wanted to wrap up all of my favourite characters in a bubble and ensure they'd be safe forever. While all three books in this series are standouts in their own way, this final installment really delves into what happens in the aftermath of war. How do you continue living knowing the orders you followed weren't necessarily the right ones? How do continue to do good after you've done bad? Can you BE good and still do bad things, and vice versa? How do you move forward when friends, family, allies have been killed, leaving you to pick up the pieces? Joanna Hathaway writes with grace and compassion as she delves into these topics in Southern Sun, Northern Star. It's heart-wrenching. It's moving. It's utterly bittersweet. I laughed, I cried buckets, my heart was in my throat more than once, and I rooted so, so hard for both Ali and Athan and they're separate groups of friends, family, and allies. This series does not wrap up with a pretty red bow. The aftermath of war never is. But it leaves us with a note of bittersweet hope that everything that came before wasn't in vain. The Glass Alliance series is so many things at once, but the word that comes to mind first is "stunning." Beautiful prose, deep and impactful themes, a romance that could last through the ages, characters that will stick with me for a long time, and friendships and family bonds I could read a whole other book about. Highly, highly recommended. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the ARC. I'll go continue weeping into my pillow now.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I receievd a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh My Heart! 💔 The third and final book in the Glass Alliance series by Joanna Hathaway @spitfirewriter completes Ali and Athan’s story as they make their way through war torn countries on ground and in the sky. This book contains the same beautiful, lyrical writing as the first two bookts and set my soul afire. I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy to finish my collection. I had to take several bre I receievd a digital copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a review. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh My Heart! 💔 The third and final book in the Glass Alliance series by Joanna Hathaway @spitfirewriter completes Ali and Athan’s story as they make their way through war torn countries on ground and in the sky. This book contains the same beautiful, lyrical writing as the first two bookts and set my soul afire. I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy to finish my collection. I had to take several breaks while reading last night as I finished the last third of the book, to take deep breaths and process the heartbreak that is so intensely written and portrayed throughout the pages. But that’s what war is; love, anger, despair and hope. Always hope. Because as Ali reminds us, “Even in the most broken and wounded places, something beautiful grows.”-Southern SUN Northern STAR. #southernsunnorthernstar #glassallianceseries #joannahathaway #spitfirewriter #netgalley #ARC #athanandali #bookreviews #bookstagram #readmorebooks #eyesonthehorizon

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lulai

    -- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. -- I don't understand why this series isn't making more buzz. There are all the good elements of a good trilogy: well-constructed characters, extremely well-managed political issues and above all a lot of emotions. This third and last volume takes us to the home stretch, it's a trilogy inspired by the Second and First World War and we understand very well how an empire can be built and deconstructed in a few minutes. The author d -- I received this book through NetGalley against an honest review. -- I don't understand why this series isn't making more buzz. There are all the good elements of a good trilogy: well-constructed characters, extremely well-managed political issues and above all a lot of emotions. This third and last volume takes us to the home stretch, it's a trilogy inspired by the Second and First World War and we understand very well how an empire can be built and deconstructed in a few minutes. The author does not minimize the psychology aspect either because even a victory never is when you have seen so many atrocities. For the characters, frankly I love the Ali / Athan duo, they have a very nice dynamic and are so human. Over the entire series, 3 years have passed and our characters have really evolved, they've grown, experienced trauma and we were with them every step of the way. I took great pleasure in reading them, in finding them. So I really liked this last book which did not disappoint me at all and I even shed my little tear at the end.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anj✨

    Southern Sun, Northern Star is the third and last book of the Glass Alliance trilogy. Intricately done and a brilliant end to an amazing series! A perfect blend of family drama, war, romance, and political intrigue. Inspired by the First and Second World War, Joanna Hathaway did her research well. The setting that she weaved is intense, realistic, and vivid. Her writing style is beautiful and lyrical, I could read it forever. Full of well-fleshed out characters you can't help but love. All have a Southern Sun, Northern Star is the third and last book of the Glass Alliance trilogy. Intricately done and a brilliant end to an amazing series! A perfect blend of family drama, war, romance, and political intrigue. Inspired by the First and Second World War, Joanna Hathaway did her research well. The setting that she weaved is intense, realistic, and vivid. Her writing style is beautiful and lyrical, I could read it forever. Full of well-fleshed out characters you can't help but love. All have an important role to play and seeing how much they change due to the war, just... hurt especially Ali's. Athan and Ali's relationship is heartbreakingly beautiful. Some parts dragged but the desire to know more kept me going. No stones left unturned and all loose ends are tied up neatly. Overall, I did not expect to love this trilogy SO MUCH!! It's a rollercoaster of emotions and it left me heartbroken. This is definitely one of my favorite series this year and will watch out for everything that Joanna Hathaway writes. I hope it gets all the hype it deserves. I highly, highly recommend it. Thank you Joanna Hathaway, Macmillan-Tor/Forge, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read Southern Star, Northern Star.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Radhika

    This is a fantastic ending to one of the best series I've read in a long time. Seriously, from the first chapter the last, I was riveted and this book had me turning pages as the fate of our beloved characters hung in the balance. Really trying hard not to give away any plot points here, so I will be vague, but what I especially loved was Ali's development from a pampered princess to . . . what she eventually becomes. There are some brilliant scenes at the beginning (well, all the way through) t This is a fantastic ending to one of the best series I've read in a long time. Seriously, from the first chapter the last, I was riveted and this book had me turning pages as the fate of our beloved characters hung in the balance. Really trying hard not to give away any plot points here, so I will be vague, but what I especially loved was Ali's development from a pampered princess to . . . what she eventually becomes. There are some brilliant scenes at the beginning (well, all the way through) that I really hope get turned into a Netflix or HBO series one day. Hathaway could teach a master class on world building and political intrigue. The only thing I didn't like about the book is that the series is over, and perhaps, it could have been two. Buy this book. Seriously, it won't disappoint.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ola

    Thank you to the publisher for providing me eARC of this book via NetGalley Such an incredible conclusion to an amazing series. This book was everything I hoped for and more. Tragic, hopeful, brutal, shocking, there are not enough words to describe how heartbreakingly beautiful this book was. There were so many changes in Ali’s and Athan’s characters that were brought on by war and the consequences of the difficult (and not always good) decisions they had to make, but deep down they were still th Thank you to the publisher for providing me eARC of this book via NetGalley Such an incredible conclusion to an amazing series. This book was everything I hoped for and more. Tragic, hopeful, brutal, shocking, there are not enough words to describe how heartbreakingly beautiful this book was. There were so many changes in Ali’s and Athan’s characters that were brought on by war and the consequences of the difficult (and not always good) decisions they had to make, but deep down they were still that boy and girl we got to know in first book who loved each other and dreamt of better world. And that ending... it was so fitting for this series and I cried so much on those last pages but it was perfect and I can not imagine this series ending any other way.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    A 3 book epic series covers the story of a pilot and a princess who go through hell to make their world a better place and come together in the end. A unique love interest a fighter pilot that falls in love with a princess. If you are looking for a story that gets all wrapped up with a pretty red bow, you won't find it here in a world in the aftermath of war. It does leave us with some bittersweet hope that all the strife wasn't in vain. This series offers it all a star-crossed romance between t A 3 book epic series covers the story of a pilot and a princess who go through hell to make their world a better place and come together in the end. A unique love interest a fighter pilot that falls in love with a princess. If you are looking for a story that gets all wrapped up with a pretty red bow, you won't find it here in a world in the aftermath of war. It does leave us with some bittersweet hope that all the strife wasn't in vain. This series offers it all a star-crossed romance between two impossible character backgrounds, political battle, and fantastic world-building. From start to finish, a beautifully written series, and it's a must-read for historical fantasy readers. 

  21. 4 out of 5

    ~Liz~

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love this criminally underrated book and series so much. It depicts war and conflict and hope and humanity and perseverance so beautifully, and I really grew to love these characters over the course of the series (Ali and Athan have my heart, but this book really made me feel for Arrin and even Leannya in a way I wasn’t expecting). It makes me mourn the loss of innocence in these characters, and you can really see it when you compare book 1 and book 3 (even book 2 and 3 to be honest), I won’t I love this criminally underrated book and series so much. It depicts war and conflict and hope and humanity and perseverance so beautifully, and I really grew to love these characters over the course of the series (Ali and Athan have my heart, but this book really made me feel for Arrin and even Leannya in a way I wasn’t expecting). It makes me mourn the loss of innocence in these characters, and you can really see it when you compare book 1 and book 3 (even book 2 and 3 to be honest), I won’t lie, I definitely cried like a baby at the end, but i promise it wasn’t a hopelessly sad ending! Now I’m just going to go nurse a book hangover forever.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marcella

    ARC received from Netgalley in exhange for honest review. "You lied so well. And yet you'll always be one of the truest things I've ever known." I like the war setting of this book, how everything felt so realistic. The relationship between Ali and Athan is both heartbreaking at moments, but also very lovely. Grief, love, betrayal, companionship... this book has it all. The war and its strategic description is a bit heavy for you who read it for romantic plot, but its perfect for any war-setting ARC received from Netgalley in exhange for honest review. "You lied so well. And yet you'll always be one of the truest things I've ever known." I like the war setting of this book, how everything felt so realistic. The relationship between Ali and Athan is both heartbreaking at moments, but also very lovely. Grief, love, betrayal, companionship... this book has it all. The war and its strategic description is a bit heavy for you who read it for romantic plot, but its perfect for any war-setting book fans!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karyn Silverman

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had to know where that opening scene ( way back in book 1) fit in. Turns out it’s on like page 380 of book 3, and I found myself wondering iF it came first and if the whole series was the author writing their way back to that scene? Anyway, glad to know, but meh. Also an appendix was desperately needed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    5/8/21: Longer review to come once I've emotionally processed this since I'm still a complete mess after finishing this last night. Overall this was beautiful and devastating and one of the best conclusions to a series I have ever read. It's a crime this trilogy is so underrated because it is incredible. 5/8/21: Longer review to come once I've emotionally processed this since I'm still a complete mess after finishing this last night. Overall this was beautiful and devastating and one of the best conclusions to a series I have ever read. It's a crime this trilogy is so underrated because it is incredible.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Louise

    I felt like this book was so slow. I didn't feel hooked into the book and just took everything I had in me to finish. However, I did love the character development and felt like the characters' stories were told and there were no lose endings, All in all, this was an average book. I felt like this book was so slow. I didn't feel hooked into the book and just took everything I had in me to finish. However, I did love the character development and felt like the characters' stories were told and there were no lose endings, All in all, this was an average book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    12/15/20: read summary “DEATH OF A COMRADE”??? PLEASE DONT TELL ME CYAR OR TRIGG OR GARRICK IS GOING TO DIE, I WILL LITERALLY CRY MY EYES OUT.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Holly Hughes

    i need fucking therapy. rtc once i manage to regulate my breathing and the headache from crying so hard eases.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Callum

    The perfect ending to a severely underrated trilogy that I regret waiting so long to read. One of the best books I've read this year. The perfect ending to a severely underrated trilogy that I regret waiting so long to read. One of the best books I've read this year.

  29. 5 out of 5

    A.

    The prose was as beautiful as the story was bittersweet. Loved this book. Loved the series. Loved every perfectly imperfect character.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Selkie

    Southern Sun, Northern Star is the incredible finale to the Glass Alliance trilogy. I absolutely could not put this book down! Ali has joined the resistance, taking on dangerous missions to attempt to stop the approaching war. Meanwhile, Athan is forced to lead his squadron into increasingly dangerous air battles. Ali and Athan must decide what to do when they discover dangerous secrets that could save or doom the lives of many. The choices they make will either bring them closer to peace or per Southern Sun, Northern Star is the incredible finale to the Glass Alliance trilogy. I absolutely could not put this book down! Ali has joined the resistance, taking on dangerous missions to attempt to stop the approaching war. Meanwhile, Athan is forced to lead his squadron into increasingly dangerous air battles. Ali and Athan must decide what to do when they discover dangerous secrets that could save or doom the lives of many. The choices they make will either bring them closer to peace or permanently shatter their love. With real historical details woven in, this story is one that will capture the hearts of history buffs and YA romance readers alike. The writing is beautifully descriptive and immersive. You feel like you’re there on the ground as planes fly overhead and sweat drips down your spine. Hathaway expertly shows how much all the characters have changed from their first meeting in Dark of the West and how their choices had consequences. I loved watching Ali and Athan reach for each other over insurmountable obstacles. They have such a breathtaking and heartfelt love story that made me smile and cry equally hard as it concluded. The supporting characters are extremely compelling, all with an important role to play in the politics of war where there are no simple choices. Southern Sun, Northern Star is written with hauntingly gorgeous prose. This is a book that forces you to look at war from every side, see the effect that it has on humanity, and reflect on the past. If you like reading action-packed war stories filled with love and extraordinary characters- then you need to read this series! The Glass Alliance is one of my favorite trilogies and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Thank you so very much to Joanna Hathaway, Tor Teen, and Netgalley for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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