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Veil of the Dragon Paperback – April 16, 2012
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About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
In Veil of the Dragon, architect, illustrator and master storyteller Thomas Barczak beguiles with the sheer beauty of his writing. Lyrical, mystical, mysterious - he leads us on a journey through the pitfalls and pride of human nature, while forcing us to face our own inner Dragon. Anyone who has followed Barczak's mini-series Awakening Evarun will be delighted with this full-length novel. The author has shown himself a master of his craft, and the hand-drawn illustrations add an ethereal quality to this most enthralling of books. I heartily recommend Veil of the Dragon to lovers of quality fantasy fiction.
There is a lot to like in Tom Barczak’s Veil of the Dragon. Barczak is an artist/architect who delivers a splendid adventure with interesting characters, a beautiful style, and a haunting medieval setting. Veil of the Dragon is well-done, angelic warfare. Occasional sketches by the author are a nice touch, but they are not finished or abundant enough to affect the read. Barczak’s dreamy style carries the story well enough on its own (see excerpts below). Expect a poetic read, with lots of combat with demons, ghosts, and angels.
The two primary characters are neatly designed and paired: “Al-Aaron”, a young priest-warrior, serves as a teacher of sorts to the older “Chaelus,” a prince dragged into a battle for redemption. The child leads the adult in a believable, interesting way. They battle a disembodied evil (the titular Dragon), and those it has corrupted: the wraith-like Remnants. Chaelus is haunted by a former love, the loss of a mother, and a deadly relationship with his father.
Christianity is not overtly identified, but readers will detect its influence given the inclusion of:
Ever present themes of redemption
Lots of resurrection
A magic system based on blind faith
A medieval milieu with priest-warriors (Crusaders): these are the white robed, chain mailed Servian Knights, adorned with red, prostrate crosses on their chests.Read more ›
Over time, Chaelus became a very knowable character, despite the elevated nature of his world and experiences. All the characters are well written, particularly Al-Mariam, though sometimes they struck me as being almost like gods or saints in awesome stained-glass windows, or paintings - not intimate, but definitely awesome and iconic.
The antagonist is suitably absolute in its evil, and good attention is paid to its minions as well. I enjoyed finding similarities with my own work, elements making use of "shadow", "dragon" and a spiritual approach to the supernatural. I'm also a fan of the Avatar-characteristics of the protagonist. These themes are of course common in Fantasy, but what matters is that the author makes them his own and crafts a narrative that uses them but holds its own ground. Tom Barczak does this with some style, made unique by what I take to be Biblical allusion and a strong sense of the world's history in place.
To conclude, at my most critical, I would say that the tone borders sometimes on the archaic, which may put off readers not already au fait with epic fantasy. However, there is no mistake in the decisions the author has made, and for fantasy devotees I heartily recommend Veil of the Dragon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really hard book for me to review, because I'm of two very different minds about it. It is beautifully written. The use of language is almost awe-inspiring. Read morePublished on July 28, 2014 by Sadie Forsythe
* Copied from Amazon.co.uk
This was an interesting fantasy, and to me at least I haven't read anything quite like it before. Read more
I know the author personally. He's a friend and I admire his work. That doesn't make me biased. It makes me blessed. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A journey through the soul. "Veil of the Dragon", written by Tom Barczak, is a provocative piece that captivates the reader with the symbolism of light and dark; the... Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Mary Jo Sullivan
Veil of the dragon is a book like no other. It is full of vivid descriptions which left my dazed. The flow of the book left me floating like I was in a painted dream. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by Donny Swords- Author
Loved it recommended the book to all of my friends. And am continuing to talk about Veil of the Dragon.Published on March 14, 2014 by lily
I thought this was terrific. Engaging, imaginative, fun. I know next to nothing about the fantasy genre, but if I did, this is the kind I would want to read. Completely satisfying.Published on March 2, 2014 by William
This is one of my favorite themes in this book, that death can take many forms and it isn't always the end. It took me a while to warm up to Chaelus. Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by AppyGirl
I really enjoyed this book, kept me turning the page waiting to read what comes next. you won't regret buying this book will keep reading more from this writer.Published on February 24, 2014 by kiracatto