We Rule The Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
Two girls use forbidden magic to fly and fight–for their country and for themselves–in this riveting debut that’s part Shadow and Bone, part Code Name Verity.
Seventeen-year-old Revna is a factory worker, manufacturing war machines for the Union of the North. When she’s caught using illegal magic, she fears being branded a traitor and imprisoned. Meanwhile, on the front lines, Linné defied her father, a Union general, and disguised herself as a boy to join the army. They’re both offered a reprieve from punishment if they use their magic in a special women’s military flight unit and undertake terrifying, deadly missions under cover of darkness. Revna and Linné can hardly stand to be in the same cockpit, but if they can’t fly together, and if they can’t find a way to fly well, the enemy’s superior firepower will destroy them–if they don’t destroy each other first.
We Rule the Night is a powerful story about sacrifice, complicated friendships, and survival despite impossible odds.
We Rule The Night started off a bit slow for me, but the story really picked up. I expected a bit more magic and less war training, but it was so good.
Revna works in a factory. Her father was arrested for making her prosthetic legs. It was considered treason to take leftover metal. The Union had a lot of rules and one of the main ones was that using magic was illegal. Revna used the weave and was caught one day. Instead of being arrested, she was brought to be a flier in a new part of The Union that is all women.
Linne’s father is a Union general. She pretended to be a boy to fight in their war. She was finally caught and was also sent to the new group to train. In this unit, magic is allowed. It’s actually needed. These girls are going to fly new planes. They need three people for each plane. Linne uses spark to help the planes run. Revna uses the weave to fly the plane. And then there is an engineer that gets everything set up. Linne is a rule follower. She doesn’t have fun or have friends. No one wants to pair up with her. Revna is well liked, but her legs cause concern with some of the girls. So Linne and Revna are paired up with Magdalena. The girls argue a lot, but their team works. They do start to question some of their orders, especially ones they know should be wrong.
Two soldiers Linne was friends with, Tannov and Dostorov, become Skarov. They get information and try to find anyone that is committing treason. In the Union, you can’t lie. But when things don’t go as planned, Linne is asked to go against everything she believes and tell a big lie to save the only girl who she can consider a friend.
What I loved most about this book is that it was about strong females and their relationships. There wasn’t romance. These girls busted their butts every day to be taken as seriously as the men. As you can imagine, that doesn’t happen. I loved their spirit and how they never gave up no matter what.
Thank you to Meg for sending me this arc. I really liked it and gave it 4 stars. I am very much looking forward to the next one.
Warnings for sexism, sexual assault (grabbing breasts), violence, and judgement based off a disability.
Have you read We Rule The Night? Is it on your TBR?