A fabled wall, marking the territory of the werewolves and adorned with the severed skull of a once great alpha, stands between Natalya and her prey.
When she finds the body of Anesa, her beloved mentor, she is determined to hunt down the vampire responsible. Crossing the border into Claw Haven to follow him is sacrilege though, and the undead werewolves whose skeletal bodies wane and wax with the moon are more terrifying than the vampire she seeks. But there she meets Voren, a werewolf who is a living contradiction to everything she has been led to believe.
Her journey into the lives of the pack entwines her and Voren’s fates with that of a master vampire’s: Arkadith. Defeating him may lift Voren’s curse and bring peace to Valwood and Claw Haven, but Arkadith is determined to bring an end to this vampire huntress as well…
Beyond the Veil is a fascinating fantasy novel that will change your view on vampires and werewolves.
The novel was written mostly from the point of view of Natalya and Voren. It mainly focused on Natalya’s hunting the vampires and her determination to kill their master named Arkadith. He did not only kill his mother, but his fledglings also killed her mentor, Anesa. Powered by revenge, she is willing to sacrifice her own safety just to make sure her village is safe again from those evil vampires.
In this novel, I was able to see more of these vampires and werewolves. The author was able to bring good and bad on them. That they still possess a bit of humanity on them even if human sees them as monsters. They might be killers and different from humans, but it doesn’t mean that they are already bad and that they like it. That was what Natalya had discovered and made her thought a lot about what was real and what was not.
The plot is very tricky for me as I’ve always assumed that it’s going to be predictable. In one scene, I already think that there would be a romance there, but it turns out I’m wrong. Then, there was also a time I’m thinking again of what will happen next, but I was left surprised by how it turns out to be. The author managed to balance everything here, and she was able to show a father and daughter relationship, leadership, friendship, and more.
The way she wrote this novel is amazing. She is very descriptive of everything – the places, the feelings or emotions, how werewolves and vampires look like in this story, the war between humans and werewolves, and more.
I also like the way she wrote her characters. You’ll see how they changed or grew as the story progressed. It is very well-written. I especially liked Arkadith and Natalya as I’ve learned a lot from them, their different views had a point on everything.
The only thing that makes me off is the typo on this book as it kind of stops me from enjoying the novel whenever I came across them.
Overall, this is recommended for readers who want to read a vampire or werewolf story that has no romance and is really different from the other books.
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author.
Publisher: Night Wolf Publishing
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Dark/High Fantasy
Jessica Majzner is a 25-year-old author who has just released her debut novel, Beyond the Veil. It has always been her dream to share with you her story of a human village struggling to live peacefully alongside werewolves and vampires. Beyond the Veil has been very favorably received and reviewed on such websites as Booksie.com and Wattpad.com where it can be previewed for free.
Jessica lives with her fiancé and two dogs, an American Eskimo named Shyla and a very talented Italian Greyhound mix named Hazel that reviews things at her blog, http://www.beyondvalwood.com.