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A Slow Start But an Exciting End.
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2017
The great thing about series spin offs is that you get more time in your favorite worlds. The bad thing about series spin offs is that unless there are a lot of scenery changes then sometimes you can find yourself missing characters from the original cast. I definitely miss a certain Prince of Greed but at least the Prince of Pride was available.
Gem is one of the half-bloods that we never saw in the original Veil series. All the stuff with her brother was hush hush and done off page. I was interested in what happened to them and if they made it back to our side of the Veil before the end of book 5. This starts a brand new chapter in the human world after the Veil has been restored. There aren’t a lot of demons on this side but enough that Gem and her brother find themselves in the employ of one.
Gem is a likeable enough character but she was kept asleep for most of her life and the rest of the time she was tested and honed to kill demons. She is so naïve and the world outside the Institute is something she just wasn’t prepared for. She has never even watched TV let alone used a microwave. I struggle a little with her character because she is a bit brain washed and is dependent on the use of a drug to keep her demon under wraps. But I did like the character development she goes through in this.
Li’el the Prince of Pride was one of my favorite characters in The Veil series so I was really excited to see him in this spin off. Just remember folks that when it comes to the Princes, they are masters of deception and manipulation so what you think you know might not be true.
There is also the introduction of Torrent another half-blood. He is a tortured soul who spent all of his life on the other side of the Veil and is now stuck in the human world too. He has plenty of scars both on the outside and the inside to deal with so I instantly liked him.
While not perfect I did enjoy parts of this book a lot. The twist with what Allard (another demon stuck on this side of the Veil) was trying to accomplish and how he planned to do it was very interesting. I’m still just looking for enough Chaos to be generated for a certain Prince to punch through from the other side….Greed I miss you.
But all of that said I am interested to see where this story arc goes.
You don’t have to have read the Veil series to read this but I think that your enjoyment of the book would be greatly decreased if you didn’t know what happened in The Veil series.