Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Intermix
Released on 20 March 2018
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…
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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