In Laith, when the moons are high, Tavarra is allowed to walk the land as a human for one day, losing her seahorse-like tail. But should she remain out of the water, a curse will overtake her, turning her into a beast with sharp fangs and long claws. A beast that, on some nights, takes the shape of a rampaging, uncontrollable monster.
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Veiled By Desire
Series: Laith #2
Author: Candace Robinson
Publication Date: November 19, 2019
Publisher: The Parliament House
Page Count: 254
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Cover Artist: Shayne Leighton
My Rating: ★★★★★1/2
I received a copy of this book via the author, Candace Robinson, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Physical and Emotional Abuse, Torture, Death, Murder, Gore, Adult Content
First off, I want to say that I love this world that Candace has created. It feels like anything is possible in Laith. Anyone can exist there, and only the surprising should be expected. While it felt like a place that was familiar due to some of the characters, the setting felt wildly foreign. Dare I say that this is her best novel yet?
Veiled By Desire centers around a Werewolf-once-Siren? (I believe…) Tavarra is raised in the ocean along with her sister. Her only desire is to live on land and walk upon two legs.
Her heart never sang for the ocean–she didn’t know what it sang for anymore.
She frequently visited the shore, and ended up developing a relationship with a man. When she learned of a story that told her how to walk on land, she had to try, even if it wasn’t permanent. Tavarra thought that she had escaped the icy depths forever, but her sister followed her, to warn her about a curse that would consume whomever tried to stay on land for longer than a day.
There’s a curse if you stay out of the water too long.
Tavarra overstayed her welcome, and the curse contorted her into a horrifying creature with fangs and an insatiable thirst for blood. To Tavarra’s dismay, her sister falls victim to her condition first. She can no longer return to the ocean, even if she wanted to.
Rhona is the descendant of a bat–a rare creature in the land of Laith. Often mislabeled as fairies, bats play a special role in the history of humans entering Laith. ( Clouded By Envy tells some of this story!)
”Luca and Wes were my great-great-great grandparents somewhere down the line. Luca’s the one who saved our ancestors and brought us here,” she said with pride. “His mother, Bray was a bat, so in a way, I”m descended from one.”
Although she appears to be human, Rhona has the ability to turn into water, heal quickly, and make things bloom or wither with vitality. Her special abilities glean the attention of Belen, a powerful and intimidating man in her village that regularly tested her skills in an unorthodox manner. Despite how Belen treated Rhona, Belen’s son Perin, becomes Rhona’s closest friend. After Rhona mysteriously loses her abilities, she learns of a plot that will be her undoing, and change the way she feels about those that are closest to her.
I absolutely love the way this story is fashioned. It alternates between the stories of Rhona, Perrin and Quil, and Tavarra and Eza. The story also transitions between the past and present, and makes for a very dynamic read. It is in this fashion that we come to learn about how each of the characters’ stories intertwine. I found this style of storytelling to be very refreshing, and kept my interest the entire way through.
I really enjoyed this addition to the Laith series, and am eagerly anticipating Shadowed By Despair which is also set in Laith, and about Zombies. The only thing that was to my disliking was that the ending felt rushed. This is more of a personal preference, but I felt that it was an opportunity to add in a little more information about Laith and wrap up the characters’ stories. Either way, I really enjoyed this book! FYI, get ready for some heartbreak!
Sexual content: Several scenes of love-making with some explicit content.
Violence: Moderate with some gore.
My Rating: ★★★★1/2
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