Thursday, March 13, 2014

[Book Review] Demon's Veil

Demon's Veil
by Brandice Snowden
July 15, 2013
Curiosity Quills Press
Fantasy, Paranormal


Powerful veils hold Earth apart from realms mortals believe are merely tales of myth and legend. They are opening again, leaving humans vulnerable, and the monsters ready to strike. 
Marie Leveau prefers to remain alone and anonymous, for she knows what goes bump in the night, and sacrificing others isn’t part of her personality. But life isn’t always about getting what you want. 
Contracted by The Organization, a shadow government agency, Marie is assigned a new Special Ops team, one she must introduce via Paranormal 101 to the very monsters they didn’t believe existed. Marie and her team are sent to Asia in search of an ancient relic, leading them into the jungle and tests of a fragile new bond. Despite the initial distrust, and an unholy battle with a demon-god, the team survives, their lives forever changed and woven into an unbreakable tapestry. 
Returning home, the new friends sense the very people responsible for their safety are willing to sacrifice them all in the name of power. 
They learn of a prophecy, and The Paladin, the one person able to close the veils and keep the mortals safe. 
With few clues, the team must unravel the prophecy and figure out how to close the veils. Or the monsters will use Earth as ground zero, innocents be damned.

Unique, magical and incredible!

I don't know why there were a lot of low ratings for this book on Goodreads. Granted, there were a few mistakes here and there, but they were nothing major. Personally, I really enjoyed it. It's one of those books which require a leap of faith rather than logic. It's about simply letting your imagination go where the story leads you rather than trying to understand where it's leading, or if it's even going somewhere. I find that this is an effective mindset when reading a fantasy genre where logic isn't so useful.

First off, I find the story-line really unique. While it's not the first story to feature a government facility using paranormal experts in field operations, it's certainly unique in the sense that you just don't know where the whole story is going. Plus, it was really interesting to see how trust and respect for each other developed among the characters. There was definitely a development in the relationship of the characters, and I really liked this.

Second, I also love the characters in this story. Marie is the standard noble idiot, but she's also a strong leader and she knows her stuff. I love that there was distrust among her teammates at the beginning but she knew just what to do to earn their respect and loyalty. I also really liked Delgado and his wife Cassandra. I think that it was really creative of the author to come up with Delgado and Cassandra, and their unusual gift. Oh, and Kieron! I love him! He's awesome! As for Johnson, I can't make up my mind about him. He seems a little off in my opinion. I was expecting more from him.

All in all, this book is one unique roller coaster ride with different fantasy elements merged into a thrilling storyline, and characters who are all distinctly endearing and lovable. I highly recommend this one to readers who love Fantasy, but is looking for something different.

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