Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world...
Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.
But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous…
A new status for the once largely ignored witch-cop, grisly murders, a cry for help, a former lover, a new love interest, and that cursed painting all turn up in a new adventure for Donata Santori in the Veiled Magic Series.
Veiled Menace is the second book following the events of Veiled Magic so needs to be read in order for certain ongoing series plot points and characters to make sense.
About six months after the events of Veiled Magic, Donata is trying to find her new normal. She hasn’t heard from either Magnus or Peter so had moved on with Anton Eastman. Oh boy, this gal sure can pick them was my first thought. And that crazy cursed painting shows up again and trouble follows. I was all set to see if the clues dropped in the last book about bigger problems coming at everybody would put us at apocalyptic excitement.
As things progressed, I realized that this second book was just not nearly as engaging as book one. Oh, yes, it continued with those threads that left me eager for more, but they were subdued and upstaged by Donata’s personal issues, her daily activities, and her need to scratch her itch. The first book was edgy and suspenseful throughout while this one’s forward progress offered little in the way of tension even when new things like murder and mounting trouble brought by that hidden race were introduced. Donata’s life was more drama-ed up than exciting for me.
I’m going to admit that the multiple love interests angle was not my cuppa. I knew it would be there going in because both Peter and Magnus were vying for her attention in book one. However, now we have Magnus off page, and now Anton in the picture with Peter. Peter and Donata take turns losing their tempers and storming off between long bouts of sex. No emotional connections made and yeah, I could care less about her love life at this point.
The most exciting and intriguing parts were Donata’s spell practice sessions with her great aunt and that Santori family dinner that was full of tension and crackle. The three Santori sisters get together and the witch claws come out. Donata is still coming into her own and figuring out she’s not exactly the ugly duckling anymore, but she struggles to believe she’s a swan at the same time.
The inclusion of the lost sixth race was pretty cool though I wish there was more done with that.
There was a quick big action scene at the end that was pretty great and oh my, the last sentence dangling a lot of promise with a surprise on Donata’s doorstep.
I was glad to get some answers and some forward progress, but was also a bit disappointed with the lack of edge and tension that was peppered throughout book one. I am going to keep going to see if things go better for me with book three. I do really hope Donata figures out her love life and also grows a bit of maturity with her temper so she’ll pause, listen, and think when someone’s trying to tell her something. It’s hard to respect her as a cop and mature witch when she leads with her temper and emotions instead of her brains, but I can see she is growing and recognizing this, too.
This series offers a strong paranormal world and I love the carefully crafted witch culture in particular. I enjoy that Donata is a witch-cop and works the murder cases for a human boss. While this one wasn’t a favorite, I love the author’s work and can easily recommend this Urban Fantasy series particularly if you love witches and spell-casting with a paranormal adventure.
My thanks to Penguin Group in exchange for an honest review.
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