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Veil of the Dragon Paperback – April 16, 2012

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About the Author

My background is an Artist, turned Architect, turned Author, who’s finally getting around to writing those stories I started on my front porch as a kid. It’s a story I’ve been trying to tell all along, in my paintings, with my poetry, and even before that, just sitting around the table with my friends, slaying dragons.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Gossamer Press (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985402202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985402204
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,340,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Peace on April 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Chaelus, Roan Lord of the House of Malius, is dead, overcome by the Dragon's Sleep. Yet a hand reaches out to Chaelus, the hand of a young boy, and he discovers that death is not the end. Raised from his cenotaph, Chaelus must now embark upon another journey, one even more perilous than the journey through death. Chaelus must travel to an understanding of his own, unique nature, and learn to accept the faith and trust of others. Nothing is as it first seems, and the answer to the Dragon must be sought in places many fear to look.

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.
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A beast has spread a vile sickness across the land, an illness turning the souls of the people dark. On it's surface this is a rich fantasy story of a small, seemingly mismatched group of heroes who have set out to free the land from an evil dragon whose goal is complete domination. I feel a bit silly writing that since the basic plot isn't the heart of the novel. Written by a visual artist, the book is visually and emotionally evocative. Even without the lovely illustrations the story easily comes to life in mind of the reader. We follow our heroes as they journey not only through their land but also into their own hearts, carrying their own darkness and light, loyalty and greed, faith and hopelessness, some carrying burdens of guilt and anger so heavy they hardly believe the depth of their own goodness and grace even while it is wildly apparent to the others. Barczak is an author to watch. Most authors can deliver an interesting story, not many bother to even try to bring the reader into the psycho-spiritual body of their characters and even fewer succeed. Barczak succeeds.
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In Veil of the Dragon, Book 1 of the Prophecy of the Evarun, budding young author Tom Barczak weaves a wonderful tale of way back when dragons loomed large and chivalry thrived. Detailed illustrations and maps of magical lands delight, while dazzling description intertwined in a gripping plot bring Chaelus -- the protagonist, a Roan Lord on a search for truth and a quest to reclaim his throne -- to life in the pages of this mythical story as well as in readers' hearts and minds.
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“…all seemed like a ghost that he could scarcely remember…”

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.
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At first I wasn't sure if I liked Tom Barczak's writing, although I could immediately see the skill in his prose. My concern was the high language register, a heightened state of awareness, would be wearing after a while. However, the consistent nature of this tone and the poetry the style allows soon began to win me over. It still wouldn't be my choice as a writer, but as a reader I can vouch for the strength of significance it lends to the story - an effect best described as truly epic.

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.
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