Title: Veiled by Desire
Author: Candace Robinson
Publisher: The Parliament House
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Page Count: 254
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In Laith, when the moons are high, Tavarra is allowed to walk the land as a human for one day, losing her seahorse-like tail. But should she remain out of the water, a curse will overtake her, turning her into a beast with. A creature that, on some nights, takes the shape of a rampaging, uncontrollable monster.
Rhona, along with her village, is under a sinister leader’s control. He took Rhona from the boy she loves, stripped away her abilities, and forces her on a dangerous task to retrieve a dark prism that will increase his already massive powers.
When Tavarra and Rhona cross paths, they discover they need each other. Rhona knows how to help the cursed sea creature, Tavarra knows where to find the dark prism. They embark on a mission that could help them break Tavarra’s spell and save Rhona’s family and village. But with an untamable beast inside Tavarra, nothing is certain…
Veiled by Desire by Candace Robinson is the second book of the romantic fantasy Laith series. Now normally with fantasy series I usually stress how it’s best to read from the beginning but this one takes a page out of the romance genre and switched up characters. Then the author pulled a complete switcharoo on this series and even having read the first book I started off thinking what the heck does this have to do with the last?
Being familiar with Candace Robinson’s books I was already aware of her creativity with her settings and characters so despite wondering what I’d gotten into with the complete change from book one I knew to be patient and see where this headed. Things seemed just as creative following two different character stories simultaneously starting with a look to the past then picking up where they are now.
The story is set in the world of Laith where we find Tavarra who felt a tad like the Little Mermaid for a few pages. Coming from the sea Tavarra had been granted one night to find her love. When he didn’t show Tavarra ends up being cursed and transforming into a monster that kills. Rhona has been stripped of her abilities and is under the control her village’s leader having been sent on a dangerous task.
Now of course with the alternating style the story feels as if you are reading two separate books for a while. Eventually though readers are rewarded not only with joining the new characters they have been following on their adventure but for those having read the first book it connects all of the story. Very creative and different take again coming from the author’s imaginative mind. The series is definitely something out of the ordinary for fantasy fans.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the Author:
Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.