- Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
- Format: Paperback | 250 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 13mm | 340g
- Publication date: 1 March 2012
- Publication City/Country: Contoocook
- ISBN 10: 1937053024
- ISBN 13: 9781937053024
- Sales rank: 1,113,604
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.
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By Reading For Fun 29 Mar 2012
Daniel Cohen has an incredible imagination. Masters of the Veil was literally busting at the seams with fantasy. It was coming out of my nose, dripping from the pages, and staining my fingers. Daniel led me through a world teeming with magic and wonder. He created fantastic scenes, people, animals - everything! It was overflowing and lavish! I love being completely submerged in a world that's equally submerged in its self, if that makes sense. This world may be made up, but it was real to me. It had more depth than my own world, and mine is real! The outside forces and the internal war Sam fought could ultimately be applied to any situation, and I appreciated such an intense moral fight between good and evil.
Sam is our main character, but truthfully I think the magic was. Magic was a living breathing thing in this book. It had more presence and substance than in any other book I've ever read that used magic as its foundation. It was deeply respected and highly appreciated, almost in regards to religion. It felt like a constant benevolent presence always with Sam, fueling him, coaching him, and breathing life into his lungs and heart.
Sam was a great male lead. For someone who went from being a star football player in high school to being able to harness and control magic in a world that's upside down and unbelievable, his reactions and emotions were genuine and true. He felt what anyone would feel without seeming overly exaggerated or not exaggerated enough. Though I will admit at times he was a bit too gullible, despite which side was whispering into his ear.
The time and care taken to create this story is evident on every single page. You can always feel the love when authors truly know their story. Daniel Cohen knew exactly what he was doing, and I appreciate the love and patience he had for his story.
I love to escape and forget my world. I love to disappear between the pages of a great book. Masters of the Veil does more than offer an escape.
Now, the only real problem I had with this book was the lack of communication between the characters and occasionally the writing style. The amount of desired communication verses the tons of cryptic and riddle-like communication wasn't exactly directed well. Sometimes when the story would slow down, it would really slow down. When you create such a fantastic world and incorporate so many amazing scenes, animals and characters, the normal stuff becomes somewhat tedious. And with more internal dialogue than human interaction you almost experience the story completely through Sam's eyes with his thoughts and his overall decisions overshadowing your own. There were many POV's, but they all operated around Sam. Sometimes I would have liked to be able to come up with my own conclusions, you know?
Other than that, which was essentially my own problem, this book was pretty amazing. It was the kind of book where your imagination truly comes into play. You have to want to vanish into this world. You have to be ready to be completely and utterly sucked inside of Her veil, because once you're in, you're in for good!
Boys, girls - it doesn't matter. Fantasy lover or not, I'm confidence this book will appeal to all!