Princess Kelsey Bandar made a terrible, life-altering mistake. Her enemies gave her unspeakable agony in return.
She must forge the iron will to control the weapon her body has become. If she fails, the monsters who tortured her come for humanity.
And horrors worse than she knows wait in the darkness.
If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab Veil of Shadows and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!
©2014 Terry Mixon (P)2015 Terry Mixon
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"A Truly Great SF Series"
I love good science fiction with well developed characters and plot, this series is perfect.
Probably one of the most talented female narrators of our time.
I really enjoyed Veil of Shadows. Great storyline and a fun listen. Veronica's performance was excellent.
This was a very satisfying sequel. It has it all; action, rich storylines, memorable characters and a damn big falling rock. Terry Mixon draws on his background as both a former service man and NASA consultant to enrich his world with authentic nuance.
In addition, the choice of Veronica Giguere as the narrator was genius. Her talented, skillful and mellifluous voice always makes listening a joy.
"Great Space Opera fun!"
I really enjoyed the story. This is just a fun series of books. Fans of a good old fashioned space opera should really enjoy them!
"Another fun book with another couple of twists!"
I won't spoil it for you, but this was another fun novel. Looking forward to the third.
"Sequel to a light space opera"
“Veil of Shadows” is the second book of “The Empire of Bones Saga” picking up where book one ends. The book is written by Terry Mixon, having real-world military and NASA experience which he brings to this engaging space series. The audiobook, along with the others in the series, is narrated by Veronica Giguere; who is no new comer to the narration scene. If you enjoy action-packed light space opera books, you will enjoy the depth, complexity, and characters the author creates within the series.
The book is intended to be read as a series. Yet, the author does a decent job of wrapping up most of the open story lines. Unlike other serialized books ending at a chapter break, this books could almost be read as a stand-alone story. There are always a few remaining cliff-hangers at the end of the book because the story continues in the next.
Terry is able to intertwine a solid space opera, with a hint of the “Silo” series, and even a bit of romance in a decent sized book covering the vastness of space. He is able to include some scenes of action, emotion, and even humor all at times that make sense. The characters are mostly developed, well-rounded, and consistent with how they were introduced in the first book. The author adds new twists and turns as the series unravels, and this includes some new races and technology not previously discovered.
Although I enjoyed the book overall, portions of it seemed (or at least the characters at times) to be more young adult (YA) in nature than what I remember of the first book. There appears to be more usage of earthly slang, clichés, and a few other forms of speech pulling me out of the storyline. I would have liked to have had the author use more unique phrases or words that would have been other-world centric. Regarding language, it should be noted that there are some occurrences of vulgar language in the book, not overly used, but there; so parental guidance should be used if the book is to be read by a younger individual.
I have to admit the narration by Veronica would not be my first choice for this series even though she has voiced over 15 Sci-Fi/Fantasy books. It is not that she does a bad job narrating, it is more how I visualized the characters based on her voicing of them. For example, the princess comes off more as a whiny twelve-year-old girl and not an older more mature woman. To her credit, I have not listened to other book she has narrated so it is difficult for me to judge her voice only based on this series. All of her currently published works on audible are given 3-5 stars for performance, so it may be more a personal preference on my part. I liked the story enough that I wanted to finish it even though some of the characters bothered me.
I also wanted to note as I did in my review of the first book, this book’s audio contains multiple places where there are audio artifacts not edited out. There are frequent long pauses and sounds of swallowing in the audio version. These are not so bad that one cannot listen to the book, however they are noticeable and I would have expected them to have been edited out prior to production.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to the reviewer by the author, narrator, and/or publisher free of charge in exchange for publishing a non-bias review.
"I only had one issue with it, and it was small. Re"
I have come to associate Mixon with some great character twists. He doesn't disappoint with this book. The problems from the first book, Empire of Bones, still linger in this novel, but things have developed and expanded to encompass even more of an amazing setting.
My only (small) gripe is that Princess Kelsey's adjustment to her new abilities seems mostly resolved a tiny bit too quickly for my taste. It's not a huge issue, but... I can't go into too much without giving spoilers. I'll just say that once there's a breakthrough, things got answered too fast for my taste. But otherwise, this book was phenomenal. I can't wait to read the next one!
"Trouble found in the kingdom they found."
I got to thinking about this book because I can't find the words to express how much I really, truly enjoyed this book/series thus far. The question arose: How do you share when you simply love a book? What was it that drew me in? I don't know. Everything.
The characters are ones I really felt I became close to; Kelsey, Jared, Talbot, and many more. There are characters I don't like, but that's because of who they are and what they are doing. These characters are well written and I just want to scream they are bad to all to stop the troubles that will come. These characters spike my worry and suspense for when they will be found. But I love how our crew fights on and get better with each chapter and event. They never stop, having the determination to keep going.
The setting. I like the unknown of space. The troubles that could linger out there, waiting to find our characters. I like that there is action and fighting to go with it. This book is set in Pentagar and the systems around, which we have visited when attacking the Pale Ones. But we also see a bit more as we have a small crew land on a planet.
The plot. Wow. There is trouble in the paradise of Pentagar. There is always a threat to the throne and it crosses with what Jared, Kelsey, and their crew is trying to accomplish. Oh how things get complicated. We also are looking for the main AI system that sends commands to the Pale Ones. This needs to be found and stopped to stop the Pale Ones making more ships and soldiers like them. But what is found with doing this could open doors to more information! Yes!
The characters interact and are smart. They relate to their surroundings and adjust for them too. There's action and information. All the things I enjoy and draw me in.
So, to answer my previous question, this story/series (so far) has everything I love in one nice, neat package. Sweet find!
Veronica is the voice of our crews once again. In this case of a vast crew, Veronica shines. I love listening to her as she gives me different tones, personalities, and emotions with each character relating to the moment they are in. She easily slips into the persona of each character, and the event they are living through so we can feel the emotions as well as hear them in her voice. Veronica gives the space opera a fourth dimension to absorb with the story.
We start in a little over a week from where we ended with Empire of Bones. I'm glad for that as I wanted to see Kelsey in her recovery! And there is plenty happening to keep our attention, with the new Empire and troubles they have, creating a fully functioning ship for Jared and crew to continue on, and finding a way to stop the Pale Ones from attacking again. Wow! It all fits together in a wonderful harmony as we explore with Kelsey and Jared, learning about the new worlds.
"Better than the first book"
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I like how the narrator handles the action sequences, keeping the hype up so I don't lose interest or get lost. I saw some other reviewers disliked his male voices, but personally I've always preferred female voices so it didn't bother me.
I liked the story better than the first novel. The characters act a little smarter, but I don't really feel sympathetic towards them. the plot is pretty predictable, but I'm glad the author didn't try for some cliche twist. Considering the all the technology in the story and potential for character growth, I think too much emphasis was placed on the implant. But otherwise the story recovered.
"HALO meets Starcraft space marine adventure"
I felt that the book got off to a bit of a slow start. There were a few chapters that were interesting...most notably when the main character is learning about her implants and how to fully utilize their capabilities. However, the book in general runs a bit slowly in the first 1/4 before the plot really gets moving.
All in all I would recommend it to anyone looking for something in the scifi genre that has the feel of a videogame. The plot, once it gets going, is interesting and keeps flowing well. The characters and their interactions are really what keep the book going, most notably between the main character and her brother (for reasons that become apparent later in the book). The final chapters are full of action and move very quickly and do a great job of setting up the next book in the series.
Her portrayal of the characters (notably the military ones) was probably my favorite part of the book. She brings life to all of these characters and manages to keep them sounding very distinct. Her narration in the action-centered chapters is accurate and well enunciated; fast enough to keep the action going while not losing the reader in the pacing.
This book was interesting enough that I'm going to read the rest of the series, as I find the material, plot, and characters entertaining and want to know what ultimately happens to them.
Though this book is the second in a series, it is easy enough to pick up and read as a starting point for those interested in the genre. I do think that books in the series from here on out will not be quite as easy to pick up and jump in with, as there are several major plot events in this book that I can see being pivotal/critical to later books.
This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for an honest, unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
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