I have to admit: This book surprised me. I honestly did not have the highest of hope for it, but Daniel Cohen pleasantly surprised me. I didn't expect this book to suck me in the way it did. This was a fun, quick read.
I wasn't sure I would like Sam. He's described as cocky and self-assured, which is usually a turn off to me. I was so happy when he was revealed to be more human than self-obsessed football jock. In fact, reading about Sam's journey was great. Sam is strong, but he isn't without his vulnerabilities. He also learns a lot of crucial lessons on his journey that can translate into real life and will resonate with younger readers.
I love Cohen's imagination. The world he created just blew me away. It's fantastical and whimsical and intense ... I loved it. He gives just the right amount of detail to explain things without going overboard. The supporting characters intrigued me to no end.
I have never read Harry Potter, and I can only imagine people will draw comparisons to it because of the sorcerer angle. If Harry Potter is half as good as Masters of the Veil, maybe I should give it a shot. I can't wait to read the rest of Cohen's series!