Sunday, October 7, 2012

VEIL OF SHADOWS by Shiloh Walker

Sequel to Through the Veil
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Date published: September 7th, 2010
ISBN: 9780-0-425-23635-2
Fantasy/Paranormal Suspense
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn (
Obtained by Publisher

To win back their land from demons, Captain Laisyn Caar must work together with the mysterious-and quite distracting-Xan, a man who showed up unexpectedly. Laisyn doesn’t want to be distracted by her new soldier but he is also an unknown to her. Is he one of their new rebel fighters or is he a spy sent by the demons to destroy them? Will Xan’s secrets destroy the woman he is growing to love?

I haven’t read a Shiloh Walker book in a long time so when I got this one, I was quickly intrigued by the book blurb alone. I was pleasantly surprised to find, after I started reading VEIL OF SHADOWS that it was Shiloh Walker at her best. It does help if you read Through the Veil first as this picks up right after that one ended though I found I read them out of order. This is an author who does amazing world building. You get a sense of how deep this world goes and the characters that populate it are quite enjoyable as well. It hits all the notes of a great story and the reader is enthralled with a land that is more than black and white but also all shades of grey as well. The author does a great job in showing the reader the unrest that is in the land as well as the bigger conflict that is affecting Ishtan, a realm that is between Earth and a demon world.

The story centers around a small military outpost that is forgotten by everyone as the gates between worlds have fallen and many feel it is safer now. Many characters from Through the Veil (book 1) are back and we are introduced to a few new ones as well. Syn and Xan are just two of the new characters that intrigued me. They are warriors in Kalen’s army and there are sparks flying between the two. I really enjoyed how this author kept the story moving, even with all the point of view shifts. It was a smooth transition between the main storyline and the sub-plots such as Xan and Syn’s growing relationship. This is an author who knows her characters extremely well and lets them have their head in the storyline.

VEILS OF SHADOWS is a fast moving, highly entertaining story that will leave you breathless in the end. The characters are intriguing, multi-faceted and end up stealing your heart within minutes. If you enjoy fantasy stories with a bit of paranormal and suspense to them, then you will enjoy VEIL OF SHADOWS. I highly recommend reading the first book first to get an idea of what happened before the veil came tumbling down in Ishtan.

I am eager to see if this author goes back to Ishtan and the characters there in the process. I would love to see more of this world and the characters I fell in love with. Ms. Walker delivers a story that will leave you aching for more.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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