Title: A Veil of Shadows
Author: Michael W. Garza
Series: The Shadow Gate Chronicles, book 2
Genre: Fantasy, [Middle-Grade]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 229 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: September 22nd, 2017 by NeverHaven Press
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Like the first book in this series, this book was also pretty fun to read. Full of adventure and action, there’s never a dull moment. You can read my review of book 1: The Last Shadow Gate, here.
Gavin and Naomi discovered a whole new world which they enter through the Shadow Gate. But that world was not devoid of evils. Having escaped once, they are being once again chased by another Shade Lord, Malick. Alone and afraid, they are finally surprised to find one ounce of hope in the midst of everything but will that be enough for them to finally return home?
The story picks up right where it left off. Gavin and Naomi manage to escape the clutches of Azzmon, although being betrayed does not sit well with Gavin despite Naomi’s way of understanding things differently. The siblings only want one thing, that is to go back home but this world has a whole other plan for them. The first capture was the ultimate surprise. When they were first caught, I was afraid for them but then it definitely was bittersweet *spoiler*because they were finally reunited with their great-grandfather who was stuck in that world for ages*End of Spoiler* but I was really happy for Gavin and Naomi but that was just the start of their new adventure.
Soon enough, they are running from yet another enemy, a.k.a Malick and he has plans of his own. The trio has to face a number of complications and hurdles on their way to the Shadow gate which is the only way they will be able to return home. The pages are lined with action and something or the other kept happening. But everything felt a bit too repetitive for me, I wanted something new to surprise me which didn’t happen.
Anyway, I enjoyed the characters. I loved Gavin and I cherished the bond between him and Naomi. They both cared about each other so much. But those serpent like creatures were definitely scary as well as the Noctright. They kinda reminded me of the Pterodactyl, just scarier because it was hybrid of sorts. This book ended on a hopeful note and I definitely want to see how it all ends.
Overall, A Veil of Shadows was a good read though somewhat predictable. The plot was executed neatly and I enjoyed the character growth. The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced throughout the book. I really hope the next book manages to surprise me more!
So guys, what do you think about this book? Are you interested in reading it?