Veiled Reviews

Various bits and pieces today!

First, some reviews for Veiled:  Whatchamacallit ReviewsI Smell Sheep, and RT Book Reviews all have good pieces up:  Whatchamacallit is probably my favourite, while RT is the most succinct.  This one from Amazon was the most entertaining, though.

I haven’t checked Veiled‘s sales – I won’t get the full data on that for a few months yet – but I did notice that I’ve just hit my highest ever Amazon author rank, which was nice.

Katherine Brown from A Young Writer’s Notebook has put up some interesting pieces, too, starting from the beginning of the series:  so far she’s gone through Fated and Cursed.

I’m going to be away from next week through to the end of August – I’ll try to set up some posts before I go.  I’ve got a fair-sized stack of Ask Luna questions in the queue, so the current plan is to clear those out first.

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15 Responses to Veiled Reviews

  1. Geli says:

    Huh, that amazon review kind of missed the point of what Verus is and does. I wouldn’t call him “cowardly” at all.

    Also, the problem with Verus is that any additional powers could make him very easily overpowered. Frankly, he already is the ultimate spy, hacker and in combat quite deadly. He is probably the most deadly diviner alive, and the most powerful Dark Mages look at him and say “okay, better respect you – now what can we do to get you on our side?”

    Still, I like shiny toys too. ^^ I wouldn’t mind some new developemnt with Verus’ powers. Anf if it’s only a strange magical accident, that let’s him see better in the dark.

  2. T Lindsay says:

    Hello All. I just wanted to elaborate on my one star review of “Veiled”, and why I will not change my opinion of Alex, although I could add that he is not that smart (Sorry Benedict, I’m about to get a little brutal here).

    Without using any of his powers, Alex knows his life isn’t the safest. He is disliked by both light and dark factions of Magicians. Since he left the dark side, his life has been threatened countless times and people have attempted to kill him almost as much.
    Question: What would I, as a normal smart/non-cowardly person do under such circumstances?
    Well, I would ask my friend Arachne to make me more items to protect myself or I would call my associate Lensman and purchase some offensive magical items or I would weaponize myself. Eventually someone will try to kill me and the natural laws of self preservation would compel me to protect myself.
    What does Alex do? Whenever he finds himself in danger he consistently calls on someone to help him out, he hides or he runs away. Many times he doesn’t even carry the armor Arachne made for him, nor does he carry enough condensers. Now, I agree this works for him and he always escapes mostly unharmed, but what happens when it’s not all about him? In “Veiled”, a little boy died, was probably tortured, and the responsibility lies partially with Alex Verus. If Alex was able to protect himself and the boy, perhaps the boy would have lived (A shotgun to the head would have disabled those Icecats 🙂

    Now in response to those who say I “miss the entire point” of Alex. I don’t. I mostly agree with the reviewer Shecky Betai with her description of Alex. I am just tired of reading about a character that’s more ‘flight’ and little ‘fight’. That’s why I left the series. I still think Benedict is a good writer, I just don’t like the character anymore. When Benedict starts a new series or decides to change Alex just a little bit, I will buy the book. Bye