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Review of Seeking the Veil by Clifton Hill

Review of Seeking the Veil by Clifton HillSeeking the Veil by Clifton Hill
Series: Seeking the Veil #1
on October 13th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 68


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.

About Clifton Hill

I am a Fantasy and Sci-Fi Novelist, Freelance Artist, SF Signal contributor, co-creator webcomic, a happy husband and father of two.

In the early years, I was drawn into genre fiction with the works of Asimov and Eddings. (Recent favorite authors include Jordan, Martin, Rowling, Abercrombie, Sanderson, etc.) Then I advanced into geeky gamer kid-dom in the days of DOS boot disks and Ultima, NES and Super Nintendo — obsessing for countless hours over Final Fantasy and its pixilated ilk. I continued to read (but I was always a picky reader), discovered a love of drawing, and never stopped dreaming.

Immersion in the media blossomed into an epic fantasy story idea, only to be shelved while I pursued a college degree in Computer Animation. That and having no idea what to do with the idea next.

Rediscovering the love of writing in 2007, my epic fantasy debut of Veil of a Warrior came out in 2014, the prequel novel complete in 2015, with many more on the way. Excerpts of the writing are available on my blog where I like to talk about the writing process, books, and other media in the sci-fi and fantasy domain. Occasionally I post some of my art, which runs the gamut from 3D work, to illustrations and more.

My hope is that my work will tear a hole in your reality.

5 thoughts on “Review of Seeking the Veil by Clifton Hill

  1. cliftonhhill says:

    Hi LK, thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a review. Might I say you do a fabulous job on your review format. You put a ton of time and attention to detail into your site layout.

    I can see your complaint about an appearance of a lack of depth in the format, and it is a problem with the vision I undertook. Seeking the Veil builds (in my opinion) in Parts 2 & 3. I wrote them all as one piece, one story with 3 plot arcs. Part 2 takes off right where Part 1 ended. I believe it addresses some of your concerns, and is a quick read at 80 pages. I’d gladly provide it for you to read and check for yourself (as well as Part 3 if it catches your attention.) I offer the whole of Seeking the Veil for free to my newsletter subscribers anyway.

    You’re right that you don’t have to read Seeking the Veil to enjoy Veil of a Warrior. I wrote Seeking the Veil when I realized that Veil of a Warrior was a meaty piece to someone that’s never heard of me. Seeking was supposed to be an easy introduction to it. I think it still is, but I think it is better presented as a single volume, and I’ll eventually be releasing a single volume version with new cover art and a bonus story.

    • booksbylkevans says:

      Hello Clifton!

      Thank you so much for the compliment. I do try to make give as much info to potential readers as possible.

      Thank you as well for offering the other two parts. Honestly, I would pick up the main book before I’d continue on with the prequels. I definitely understand your intent, and I’ve read reviews praising the prequels on Amazon and Goodreads so you’ve done great things for several readers. And I think it’s a brilliant way to draw in new readers. As you mentioned, it’s hard for someone to invest in a large book when the author is unknown to them. For me personally, I’m swamped with books to read. I hope to surface at some point, and if I do I’ll be picking up the main book. In the mean time I wish you the best of luck with your books and writing career.


      • cliftonhhill says:

        Thanks Lesli., you too. Nice sales copy on your 1st book. I like to think I’ve upped my own, but at first (for a looong time) my sales copy was pretty poor. I think experience has given me a little better insight into it. My next book sales copy seemed to come a lot easier and is (hopefully) more effective.

        So you go for longer form work, it sounds like? Have you read The Warded Man? Or The Blade Itself? Both recent books I’ve read and very much enjoyed. Though they are both a bit on the gory/grim-dark side (if that’s not your taste).

        • booksbylkevans says:

          I don’t always gravitate toward longer books, it’s just most shorter ones have a tendency to feel a tad rushed and underdeveloped to me. Anthony Ryan wrote some short stories in his indie published Slab City Blues series. I think the first one came in around 30 pages, and I absolutely fell in love with the character and world. I’m trying to figure out how he managed to develop so much in such a short piece. It’s crazy, and boy does the story move.
          Grim dark and gory are my favorites :) I love love love darker fantasy. I have read The Blade Itself and enjoyed it immensely. I’m trying to get to Before They Were Hanged this month. Warded Man is on my list as well for this year. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.
          So many books, so few hours. I guess that’s the dilemma for every reader.

          • cliftonhhill says:

            Oh yes, highly recommend the rest of Abercrombie’s The First Law. Would love to hear your thoughts on who the main antagonist(s) are by the end. I have my own thought, but don’t want to influence.

            The Warded Man is phenomenal. Shove that to the top of your list. There are short times in Book 1 and a little bit in the rest where you may question the magic, but I think the author does come around and give a more or less adequate clarification. Book 2 goes in a surprising direction, but I still loved it. I will say that Book 4’s pacing doesn’t compare to the others, but I think Book 5 will be a treat (and the end.)


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