Series: Though the Veil #1
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
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58 years ago a gorge opened up from Mobile, AL to Quebec City, Canada to split the United States into the Western States (WS) and the Eastern States (ES). 40 years later, a fog rolled in on the WS that they called the Veil. Within twelve hours it formed an impenetrable wall between the two sides. It’s been 18 years since anyone has known what’s happening on the other side of the Veil. Now, Lori, an Other, in a desperate attempt at escape from the ES’s torture and experimentation, has crossed the Veil and found a world beyond belief. Marcus is a Warrior, but when Lori collapses at his feet wounded and exhausted, he knows he has to protect her. But seeing that she’s the first person he’s seen in 18 years without wings, he’s worried about what her appearance means for his people and the world they’ve created since the Veil fell. Two new societies: one built on a respect for the natural order of nature and the world, the other built on mistrust and corruption. Can they learn to co-exist once again?
Fantastic beginning to new paranormal world!
Thoughts on Through the Veil
Christi Snow’s delving into new (for her) territory with this series and I’m terribly excited. Winged beings, wicked experiments, and a world on the verge of something more made this an engaging read from beginning to end. I love the division between the ES and the WS — not just the physical division the veil provided, but the way the two societies moved forward from the point they became divided.
Lori’s world is one of corruption and fear. The experiments and torture done to her because of her ability were horrible. Falling into Marcus’s world was a shock to the system in more ways than one. From the inhabitants’ wings to their way of life, Lori has to readjust her entire way of thinking. Finding them so accepting of her abilities — the very abilities that had made her an outcast on her side of the veil — took some getting used to.
Meanwhile, Marcus’s reaction to Lori is a punch to the gut. The poor guy had resigned himself to being alone after losing his mate years earlier and his reaction to her takes him by surprise. Lori’s presence also heralds a shift in the natural order of things on his side of the veil. Whether her arrival started it or the timing was coincidental, everyone has to learn to adapt to the changes taking place.
I love the worldbuilding and the hints of what’s to come. From the weather shifts to the odd behavior of the Predators to Lori’s questioning of who and what they might be, it all made me giddy for book 2. This was a solid start to what looks to be an action-packed series.