Rating: I'M (mostly) INDIFFERENT
Series: Seeking the Veil #1
Publication Date: October 13th, 2014
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Book Blurb: Seek your Purpose, Seek your Power. Seek the Veil.
Young Hestea left his secret home to fight back against an age-old enemy. But he has no power, only the untested warhammer on his back. With his unwitting magi companion Gunter at his side, they seek their destinies in the cold wilds of Beckenburg.
Joining a band of mercenaries, Hestea will struggle to find his place in a group of unlikely heroes; and when all seems lost: discovers a power within, that he can not explain.
Seeking the Veil is a story of adventure, friendship; and the exciting prequel 3-part series to the Epic Fantasy novel Veil of a Warrior.
CONTENT: Part 1 is approx 60 book pages long, all 3-parts total about 250 pages. There is some violence and gore, minor and infrequent swearing and some implied sex. Recommended for 13 and up, or mature, younger readers.
It’s always hard to review short stories. This one came in at a mere 60 pages, and as with most sort stories I read I just didn’t connect. It was not bad at all, just didn’t pull me in enough. I know this is a prequel and there’s a bigger story out there. Sorry to say, but this review will be rather short. Don’t want to give anything away and I don’t have a lot of material to review.
This story follows Hestea as he embarks on a mission to find purpose and fight against an enemy.
Honestly it’s a little shaky. It felt rushed for a prequel. I would have thought this would be the time to explain the world and the enemy, the magic and the history of the band of mercenaries he meets up with, but I didn’t get much on that front. I’d also expect a lot of character building, but I sadly felt a tad cheated there as well. I didn’t want a huge back story, and as a matter of fact the little hints we were given on Hestea’s past was all that remotely piqued my interest in the main series
So as far as world building goes, this lacked the depth many would seek. Even for a person like myself who doesn’t care much for detailed worlds found this sparse.
As for the characters, Hestea seemed like a boy, which he was, and had his pouting phases as the young often do. He trains with other warriors in the mercenary band as they march toward the enemy. Then boom! We have a fight and discover something very interesting about Hestea. Then the story is over. The other characters are touched upon, but not personally enough for me to become invested.
There were parts of the story I enjoyed more than others, and I think I would’ve liked it if Hestea was older, acting more adult than he did. I don’t have children, and I have zero patience for huffing and puffing teens. However, when the battle came, I felt Hill did an amazing job showing how shocking battle can be for one who’s never seen it.
So my recommendation is to pick up the first book the main series. I honestly don’t think this prequel will be vital in understanding what will transpire in future books. I wish I would have just started the series. I might have found it more entertaining. As it is, I’ve added it to my to-read list because I am a tad curious about Hestea’s past and power. Seems like there’s a good story to come. I should mention that the prequel is part of a three story prequel, and the other two might very well be worth checking out before starting the main series. Currently all three prequels are available as free ebooks on Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks, so if you’re remotely curious it won’t cost you a thing to find out.