Thursday, October 11

Review: Masters of the Veil (The Veil Trilogy #1)

Masters of the Veil (The Veil Trilogy #1)
Dan Cohen

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Date Read: October 11, 2012
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: Bought
Format: E-Book
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From Goodreads:
Life can't get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player. every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer. Sam is whisked off to Atlas Crown, a community of sorcerers who utilize the Veil as a part of everyday life. Once there, he trains beside a mute boy who speaks through music, an eternal sage who's the eyes and ears of the Veil, and a beautiful girl who's pretty sure Sam's an idiot. As it becomes clear Sam's meant for power magic-the most feared and misunderstood form of sorcery-people beyond Atlas Crown learn of his dangerous potential. An exiled group of power sorcerers are eager to recruit Sam, believing that he is destined to help them achieve their long-held goal. If they succeed, they could bring about the downfall of not only Atlas Crown. but all humankind.

It's no surprise to anyone how much of an enormous fan of Spencer Hill Press books I am, so when this book was released I instantly downloaded it to my kindle without even reading the blurb. I adore the cover and... well it's from SHP I knew I was going to love it and I wasn't wrong. This is an incredible book. However, I was kind of expecting something different based on the cover. Before reading the book the cover gives off, to me at least, a science-fiction kind of feel. The stars just reminded me of the sky and space but Masters of the Veil is an incredible Fantasy book. So if you thought like I did it was going to be a sci-fi novel do not be deceived, it is an amazing original Fantasy novel and the cover makes a lot more sense after reading the book.

Sam is a jock, with the hopes and dreams of being a professional football player all he looks forward to is getting on the field and playing to the best of his ability. But when during the most important game of his high-school he mysteriously freezes the entire field, players, coaches and audience and all. Suddenly Sam is thrown into this world he never knew existed. A world of magic and sorcerers. But all Sam wants is his old life back. But when he is pulled into a power-play between the good and the evil will he be able to keep a clear mind and choose the right path or is his old life just too tempting?

I really enjoyed this book. It took me a while to read but this is nothing to do with the book as much to do with my crazy hectic life right now. I could have easily have sat and read this book in one sitting if I had time. Dan has an incredible talent of hooking the reader right from the start and I was completely sucked into this magical world and was left on the edge of my seat dying to know what was going to happen next. I don't actually read a lot of pure fantasy novels, I've read and enjoyed a couple but it's not my usual genre of book to go to but Dan's Veil Trilogy just may be the series to change my mind and make me a big fan of Fantasy novels. I really loved this story.

Sam is our main character and we see the story (for the most part) from his perspective. I haven't really read a whole lot of books with the lead male being the lead character, they are usually told from the female's point of view so this book for me was really refreshing. I really loved seeing the story from his perspective. He is such a great character who is thrown into this crazy magical world that would be hard for anyone to accept exists. I really loved his reaction to it all... mainly because he had a reaction. A lot of YA fantasy/magic books have the characters finding out that something magical or supernatural exists and not having any reaction and just accepting it straight away and to me that is just not realistic. In this book Sam needs proof before he will start believing it and I loved that about him. I loved that he wouldn't just believe it and he makes mistakes but he learns from them. I just think he is such a realistic character that everyone can identify with and that to me is what makes this book such a strong and powerful story.

I really loved this book. I am dying to find out what is going to happen next. Though there is one little tiny thing that bothered me and that was the ending. I personally felt that it was kind of abrupt. I was expecting there to be more to read when I turned the page, but it was the end. I was kind of like 'Oh it's finished? really?" I don't know whether that was just me loving the book so much I was dying to read more but I felt like the ending was kind of abrupt.

Overall I loved this book and I can't wait to see what happens next. It is definitely one of my favourite Fantasy novels. Dan is such a powerful storyteller. I was left gasping at one point unable to believe what on earth was happening and the next I had tears in my eyes. This is one book that you do not want to miss out on, especially if you love Fantasy novels. This is such a fantastic start to a series and I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2, Children of the Veil, to follow Sam's story further and find out what happens next. Masters of the Veil is one book not to be missed.

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