Saturday, January 14, 2012

Elements: Veil of Darkness by Kate Fuentes




From Goodreads:

Talon Thorn’s entire world comes tumbling down around him as he experiences the unexpected separation and possible death of his twin brother Gage. He struggles to balance the emotional onslaught of anger and guilt in a life where triumph can fade to cataclysmic despair in an instant.



With the ancient prophecy to protect mankind still looming over him, Talon remains confident he can unlock the impenetrable gates to an unknown dimension and free his family from the evil that has held them captive for so long. Reality cross connects with fantasy and shatters the misconception the Earth realm is the only civilization within our universe after Talon uncovers the path to mystic portals.


Dark forces remain ever present and are lured by Talon’s fury combined with his supernatural abilities to harness the elemental power of fire along with extraordinary shape-shifting skills. He must embrace the courage to control his amazing gifts and follow the hidden evidence that may lead him to discovering his lost family or deliver him directly to the enemy. Malicious minions have challenged the sole survivor of the ‘Brothers of Prophecy’ and will try to obliterate the only remaining force that can save humanity.


It’s always wonderful when the second book in a series can hold up to the excitement of the first book. This was certainly the case with Elements: Veil of Darkness. Actually, I think I may have loved this one even more! I really enjoyed the different time sequences and the way the book alternated between the main characters. I love the twins in this book. They definitely grew into the men that the first book alluded to. It was also fun revisiting some of my favorite characters, like Maui:

“‘No worries, Mate. My army boots look great with my cargo shorts. Makes the ladies swoon over how rugged I am.’”

In the first book, I really favored Gage, but I felt I got to know Talon better in the sequel, and I loved his interaction with Maui:

“‘You have got to be kidding me, right?’” said Talon, ‘You get seasick, too? Are there any other ailments I should know about before we get deeper into our journey: afraid of heights, spiders, little girls with lavender lace umbrellas?’”

The story taking place in different realms was like having two amazing books in one. I was very impressed with the fluidity when switching back and forth from past to present. Sometimes when authors attempt this, the result can be quite confusing. That is not the case here. The chapters and pages were clearly marked, and the way Ms. Fuentes handled the switch was extremely easy on the reader.

The addition of Lurixen and Jasannah was another favorite of mine. I instantly connected with both girls and became invested in them quickly.

The ending was brilliant, and I loved the included epilogue that hinted at the third book and left the reader anticipating more! I look forward to Elements: Kingdom of Aqueous, book 3 in the Elements series.

Thank you to the author for providing me with the eBook of Veil of Darkness in exchange for my honest review.

7 comments:

  1. Great review!! This a new series for me and it looks really good!

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  2. Another fab review. I have not heard of this series sounds like a good one! You have to quit contributing to my TBR problem!

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  3. Nice review! The books sounds A-maz-ing! I nominated you for a Versatile Blogging Award her: http://writingbelle.blogspot.com/ It's a way to promote your blog, too. Check it out!

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  4. I like the sound of this book! Definitely marking it. Awesome review!:)

    Ana @ BookSpark

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  5. Thanks guys! Kate is a sweetheart and she really wrote a fabulous series.
    @S.E. Lane - Thank you so much for my nomination!

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  6. Nicely reviewed! I haven't heard of this either but I am intrigued to pick up a copy now. I will definitely have to check it out! :)

    New follower of your blog. I found you through Heidi! I look forward to visiting you. :)

    Sam @ Realm of Ficton

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  7. Thank you Ana and Sam!!Followed you back Sam - thanks for stopping by! ;D

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