Review: Veiled Enchantment by Deborah Blake

Posted March 30, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: Veiled Enchantment by Deborah Blake
Veiled Enchantment

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Series: Veiled Magic #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Intermix
Released on 20 March 2018
Pages: 231
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher

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The Delight

A shape-shifting berserker, a revenge seeking Anemoi, a strong arming Council, and a ghostly mystery welcome Donata, the witch cop to the backwoods of Maine.  Can it get more exciting than that?  Oh course it can and does…

Review

Veiled Enchantments is book three of the urban fantasy- suspense Veiled Magic series.  Like must urban fantasy, this one doesn’t work well out of order since it follows one lead character’s story through the books and builds on the plot that came before it.

Magnus was absent from book two, Veiled Menace, while off working to control his berserker nature, but happily our favorite sexy and charming berserker who knows just how to fluster a certain witch cop is back in the picture and dragging Donata off on another adventure.

She’s still shaken up after the events of the previous book so she’s not exactly in top form when she feels obligated to go help Magnus with his ghosts and god problem after he unselfishly helped her in the adventures of Velied Magic book one.  People involved in the Ulf training and trials are being dangerously distracted from ghostly visitations and the Ulfnednar shapeshifters have lost contact with their patron god, Odin.

I confess that I went into this one warily after the disappointment I felt from book two.  I didn’t like the see-sawing going on with Donata and the men and I couldn’t get into the overall suspense story, either.  Fortunately, I wasn’t far into this one and was able to relax and appreciate all that I liked about this series in the beginning.  For one, Magnus was back and it was like the story just dazzled from his presence even though the whole thing is told from Donata’s point of view and the focus is on Donata.  The chemistry of the whole book was working and I felt Donata shone brighter and was more capable and stable even if she was having a tough time on this case.

Donata was strung out from what she’d just been through when Peter and Anton played tug o’ war with her even while she also secretly pined in Magnus’ absence.  Now, the other two are out of the picture and she has to sort things out about her feelings once for all.  She’s back to extending her focus on a challenging case for her witch skills, discovering if she can fit in with Magnus’ boisterous family, and what she really wants for herself long term since she’s accepted that she and Magnus want two different things for their lives.

It was fun entering the world of Magnus’ bear shapeshifting- berserker clan, Donata fitting in and adjusting to a very different family from her own (missed Donata’s family dinners that always end up in fireworks of the witch variety).  If the berserkers didn’t do her in, she wasn’t lacking for further hostiles in the form of a vengeful Anemoi seeking the missing Anton, and a conniving head of the paranormal council who isn’t above threatening Donata to get her to spy on Magnus’ people.  Oh, and then there was that interesting surprise to really get Donata’s life even more complicated.

I enjoyed the way all elements meshed so well in this one.  It didn’t have the gritty quality of book one or the tempestuousness of book two, but in no way was it bland.  I was engaged from the start and never lost interest through to the end.  I had a good time with my restored love for Donata and her story.  In a way, this one felt like the conclusion of the series, but it also left room for many more adventures for Donata.  I am tickled that I can vociferously recommend this book and series to those who enjoy a bit of witch magic, some mystery, wit, and some passion in their Urban Fantasy.

My thanks to Penguin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I’m glad you enjoyed this one more than the previous one! That’s always a good thing, when you keep reading a series despite not loving one of the books. Have a lovely weekend, Sophia! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Me, too! I was practically cheering out loud to see it return to the good stuff that I remembered from book one. 🙂

      You have a good one, too, Alyssa!

  • Debbie Haupt

    I’ve seen this reviewed on other blogs too Sophia Rose thanks for sharing yours!

  • Oh that sounds really good. I love this type of book.

    • I think you’d like this series, Mary. She does great with the action-mystery plots, the paranormal, and particularly her witch character.

  • I have a few books of the author to try but not this series

    • Her other two series are both great, I think. I can’t wait for the final Rider story coming this fall and I hope there are more from this series.

  • Sounds like an amazing book! I would start with the first so I would have the backstory. Great review! I am glad that it kept your interest and kept you turning those pages.

    • I was so glad things picked up after a disappointing book two. Yes, definitely start with book one, Mary. 🙂

  • Hmm. Anyway you can read book one and skip to book 3? I know you said they go in order, but I did have the same problem with one of her other series and it’s made me hesitant to try her again.

    • You know… I think you actually could get away with it. There’s stuff about Nick the dragon that comes out and of course the lost race stuff, but there are enough hints in book three that you’d get the idea of what went down in book two without having to deal with all the drama.

  • A witch cop? That’s a new profession in books for me LOL! I’m glad you enjoyed it overall.

    • LOL! She gets to say, “I see dead people.” Ghosts talk to her and help her solve her murder cases. Its fun!

  • I really do like the sound of this series. I haven’t read anything by Deborah Blake yet but this sounds like something I would like. I am so gla you enjoyed it!

    • I’ve enjoyed her books since I came across her first series. They all have a bit of mystery and magic so I hope you get the chance. 🙂

  • Deborah Blake has been on my radar for a while, but I haven’t tried her yet. I plan to try the Baba Yaga books soon. I think I even have the first one on audio.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • Yes, those are a great place to start. Those are witches plus fae. 🙂 I’ll look forward to your audio review, then. 🙂

  • Oh good! I’d been holding off on book 2 waiting to see what you thought of book 3. I feel much better about it now 🙂

    • I took a deep breath of relief, too. 🙂 You are safe to go for it.