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!show more
by Reading For Fun