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Anniversary of the Veil - A completed Fantasy Trilogy:
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- Publication Date : January 19, 2014
- File Size : 2716 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- ASIN : B007J6DN2A
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Print Length : 329 pages
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,460 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Synopsis (from the author): Kae has trained his entire life to become an elite Protector of the Realm. When he finally achieves this honor he finds himself protecting something far greater: the Veil separating two worlds. On one side of the Veil lie unlimited stores of magic. On the Realm's side, magic is all but obliterated, and Kae is one of the few who can use it. The priests who secretly rule the Realm will do everything they can to control his growing magical abilities. Kae's willing to pay the price, even though it separates him from Issa, the girl he loves.
But the Veil has weakened over the last thousand years and powers on both sides will stop at nothing to keep it intact. Strangers from the other side have kidnapped Issa to take her across the Veil and sacrifice her to strengthen it. Kae is the only one who can find her. Going to her rescue means forsaking his oaths and duty, and leaving behind the future he always wanted. But if he chooses duty over love, Issa will die.
What I liked: This book had about everything one could ask for in a fantasy novel. Palace intrigue, conflict between the king and the priests, a love story, destiny and fate, and the looming possibility of chaos to be unleashed by the Anniversary of the Veil. Set against this backdrop is the story of Issa and Kae. Kae is a good character and grows into his role as a Protector. Issa is a bit of a spoiled princess, but not in the stereotypical way. Vanna Smythe weaves their stories into a compelling tale. I also liked the way the other side of the Veil interjects itself into Kae and Issa’s world, with Issa aunt coming to kidnap her and take her to the other side of the Veil. Good stuff!!
What I didn’t like: While I enjoyed the characters, they were a bit one-dimensional. I hope in the rest of the series, the characters will grow and provide us more insights into their personalities. I also would have liked fewer characters, as it was a bit difficult to keep them straight.
Overall impression: Good story, good plot, and good pace kept my interest and attention. This is a solid start to the series and I look forward to the next installment. I recommend Protector to fantasy fans everywhere!
My rating: 4 Stars
You could definitely draw parallels between this book and modernity at times. The political landscape shown in this book is compelling, and while it’s action oriented, and chivalrous at times, it still focuses heavy on the way things pan out between the divisions. Moving through this one quickly, I found myself thinking that it’s a perfect start to a series, and have to check out the next one. There’s so much here to comment on, but it’s safe to say that it gets my highest recommendation. If you’re a fan of fantasy, action, chivalry, modernity, and read of knights, monarchy, and more, this will fit into your library nicely.
The two world approach is great - it adds an element of mystery and intrigue to this great fantasy novel. There is so much going on in the book, but the author manages to keep it all together without a bouncy, hard-to-follow plot. That is impressive in its own right; showing the maturity that Smythe has as a writer.
This book is well-written, imaginative, and will take you on a fantastic journey between good and evil. The writing tone is relevant to the genre, the book is enjoyable, and the characters are relatable. All of this makes for an excellent five star read!
I must admit at the outset that while I was intrigued by the novel's prologue, in which a barrier intended to separate two factions (the Righteous and the Venerated) and prevent a mage war between them, by the fifth chapter I was ready to give up on Protector because the characters did not interest me. Issa is yet another princess rebelling at an arranged marriage. Kae is yet another preternaturally talented young man with a destiny. I've seen these characters before, particularly in the late Sara Douglass' Axis Trilogy (BattleAxe, Enchanter, and StarMan).
However, I continued reading, determined to give Ms. Smythe a fair shake. While her characters get relatively little development in this first volume of The Anniversary of the Veil, her simple prose, interesting magic system, and fly-on-the-wall accounts of priestly shenanigans make the novel a solid effort. I hope Ms. Smythe gives her characters more room to grow in the next part, Decision Maker.
Like another reviewer, I would have preferred to give 3.5 stars. I'm giving four rather than three stars to offset the fact that I'm a snob.
Top reviews from other countries
The author used a literary trick of using italics to highlight unseen feelings that I was unsure of at first but it worked really well - a touch of genius.
Read it if you like SF and I can't wait for the sequel - out soon, I am told.
Princess Issiyanna (Issi) is the Beacon, one of the people needed to reinforce The Veil and a group of Keepers cross The Veil to abduct her and lead her to her purpose.
Kiyarran (Kae) has wanted to be a Protector all his life. He is a young man with powers that have not been seen for many many years. He is determined to rescue Issi.
That this is a first novel by Vanna Smythe is quite astounding. She not only tells a wonderful story with characters you can't help but care about, she also brings her world to life. The developing relationship between Issi and Kae is brought on steadily and at a pace that fits well with the story - when they are happy, you are happy for them, when things are going wrong you ache for them to be ok.
The secondary characters also bring something to the story. The Priests, who are the main power in Issi and Kae's world are mainly devious types with only their best interests at heart and their 'asassain branch' The Pure Ones are a particularly evil creation.
This book has certainly left me wanting more and I look forward to the next installment eagerly.
I had hopes for this book from the offset but I could never have hoped it would be this good.