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Review by Suze
Elizabeth has found out a lot about herself already, but there are more answers for her to be received. Her mother is missing and Elizabeth wants to find her. She doesn't want to see her father, but she has questions about her mother and he's the only one who can give her the information she needs. Elizabeth has Finn by her side. They were separated and can't be together, but he has an assignment that brings him near. Elizabeth has to make a couple of very important decisions that will influence her future forever.
When the ultimate sacrifice is being asked of her Elizabeth willingly gives what she can. Does she completely understand what she's done and what are the consequences of this decision? There's unrest and battles are being fought. Elizabeth and Finn are in the middle of it, which means they will get their information, but they are also in constant danger. Will they remain unharmed or will the battles leave scars they can never erase?
Children of the Veil is the second book in the Aisling Chronicles. I love this series. It's action-packed and filled with secrets and intrigues. Bit by bit Elizabeth and Finn unravel them and Elizabeth learns many new things about her family and her powers. She's fierce and strong and she's willing to sacrifice everything for her loved ones. That's a wonderful quality, but also a dangerous one. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Finn is a tough man with a good heart. There's a lot of great chemistry between him and Elizabeth. Their relationship is complicated and that makes their love affair really interesting.
Colleen Halverson has created amazing magical worlds. I love her creativity. There are two main characters in her story and they meet a lot of interesting and different people on their journeys. This keeps the story new and fresh, which is something I liked. Colleen Halverson's main characters don't have it easy. Their lives are under threat, they are being captured, they are being assaulted and there are plenty of nasty and spiteful remarks. The underlying relationships between the characters are fascinating and I liked the political views Colleen Halverson shares with her readers. Children of the Veil is a fabulous fantasy story and I enjoyed reading this gripping and original book very much.
About Colleen Halverson
As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshmen. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children. Children of the Veil is the follow up to her debut urban fantasy novel, Through the Veil.
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Read Through the Veil before Children of the Veil. The books need to be read in the correct order to fully understand the story.
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1. Name 3 random facts about yourself.
I have a green belt in karate, I can play the guitar, and I love all vegetables except beets.
2. Sum up your personality in 5 words.
Fearless, passionate, adventurous, smart, and playful.
3. What's your favorite fairytale?
Beauty and the Beast. And yes, I know it’s problematic. I just don’t care.
4. What are your 3 favorite places in the world?
Ireland, the Colorado Rockies, and the Caribbean.
5. Where do you write and where do you read?
I write at the dining room table, and I read in bed before I fall asleep.
6. Name 5 things you like about romance.
The stories generally center around a woman and a woman’s experiences.
The sex, of course. The complexity of the relationships. The redeeming power of love.
Did I mention the sex?
7. Name 5 things you like about fantasy.
1) I love the epic nature of fantasy stories, like great quests and big sweeping battles.
2) The idea that anything is possible.
3) The creativity in the worldbuilding. When it’s done well, it can make me look at my normal, mundane world in an entirely different way.
4) The rich themes involving courage, persistence, friendship, and loyalty.
5) The sense of escape.
8. Explain in two sentences what's makes Children of the Veil so special for you.
Children of the Veil was the second book I ever wrote, and it was the book where I realized that the writing thing wasn’t a fluke or some silly lark. This is the book where I really began to take myself seriously as a storyteller.
9. Name 4 things you like besides writing and reading.
Running, hiking, and walking. I use long runs to help me with stress and to work with plot or character issues.
Curling up with my husband and a glass of wine on Friday nights and watching TV.
10. What's your favorite reading/writing snack?
Chips and very spicy salsa. Gets the blood flowing to the brain!
11. Name one thing that's on your bucket list for 2017.
Get on the NYT Bestseller list? I like to dream big. ☺
Children of the Veil
Elizabeth Tanner has one goal: to find her mother in whatever dimension she’s imprisoned. But to do that, she has to face her estranged father, and to do that, she needs a shot of whiskey…or seven. But after an attempt on her life and the return of her lost love, she wakes up with one hell of a hangover and a whole barrage of questions.
Finn O’Connell doesn’t know why the Fianna want him to aid Elizabeth in her search, but he’ll take any excuse to be near her again. Together, they dive headlong into the shadows of her mother’s secrets and find themselves embroiled in a Fae rebellion that will test Finn’s loyalties and their love.
With the Faerie realm verging on chaos, Elizabeth and Finn will embark on a quest that will lead them from the streets of Chicago to London’s seedy Fae underground. But rescuing Elizabeth’s mother means journeying to a place Finn can’t follow, and Elizabeth is forced to make a choice between finding her at last or saving her own soul.
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