Veiled Empire

A viral Books Veiled Empire release The Empire is Shrouded not only by the barrier that covers the land but by the lie

A viral Books Veiled Empire release The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before For returned to the Empire is a valynThe Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him come the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor s reign He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years A power that has champions of its own.Nathan Garrison s Veiled Empire throws a mythical land into chaos, with races long thought forgotten, and magics only just discovered Steel and sorcery clash as brave souls vie for freedom and control in this astonishing debut novel.. The best Book Veiled Empire Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars.Veiled Empire is an ambitious story filled with complex characters, twisting plots, and more than enough action to keep every fantasy fan satisfied. In short, this is a book which aims for the moon, and even though it misses slightly it still lands among the stars.From page one, Nathan Garrison drops readers into the middle of a quickly escalating rebellion. The mierothi hegemony over the world has stood unchallenged for millennia, protected by the Shroud above and by their iron grip on all magic, but now a serious challenge to their control has arisen, led by a mysterious leader whose motives seem pure and whose cunning seems beyond compare. The revolt which he unleashes well planned, far reaching and quick to gain more and more momentum.Sent out to help crush the rebellion in its supposed infancy is the savage, brutal, and efficient Mevon, a magically augmented and highly trained killer of magic users. He and his hand chosen soldiers closing in on a group of mages in a search and destroy type mission. However, soon, Mevon’s unshakable confidence in his invulnerability and purpose in life are rocked to their very core!Meanwhile, the leaders of the revolution begin to come into focus. They are mysterious, powerful, and determined to destroy the tyranny of the mierothi. But behind the noblest of purposes lie less altruistic motives, waiting to slowly bubble to the surface and affect everyone they lead.Within the heart of the mierothi empire, there lie two friends from different worlds: Voren the valynkar, and his unlikely friend Draevenus, a mierothi assassin. The two drawn apart by their parts in the swirling events of the revolution. Voren’s life as a prisoner in a gilded cage quickly turning into a turning point in his life; his desire to survive warring with his guilt at his past betrayals. Draevenus also is torn, setting out on a shadowy mission to right age old wrongs and perhaps find a path to redemption for his part in his races enslavement of a world.While all that sounds damn good, I have to admit completely overlooking Veiled Empire when it was released. My assumption being that this book/series was yet another generic fantasy/sword and sorcery hybrid which would travel along familiar trope lines and offer nothing new. Little did I know that Nathan Garrison had something more in store, determined to push the envelope, mixing and matching magic and combat, intrigue and characterization, world building and stunning twists until he had created a new flavor of fantasy. And I have to say I liked it quite a lot.Like always, it all began with the characters themselves; several of whom I quickly grew to like and empathized with, wanting to know more about their past and their motives. Definitely, a few seemed a bit overpowered at times, or their sudden change of personality seemed a bit dubious, but overall, I felt Nathan Garrison did an outstanding job of creating realistic people whose differences were noticeable and did affect their choices and behavior throughout.I also immensely enjoyed the world building. The mierothi empire was filled with a rich history, which — while only hinted at in broad ways — was still was very tantalizing, especially the ancient past before the Shroud sprang into existence; unique races populated the landscape; and the magic which permeates this place was realistic, powerful, and used in some cool ways. Now, I’m not suggesting the magic system itself is in the same category as Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn or anything, but, at least, the author built in enough quirks and surprises to keep it interesting throughout, which I can’t always say for some fantasy offerings.Above and beyond all these great things though is the twisting, turning plot which Nathan Garrison weaves, especially regarding a few characters. This trio and their choices keeping a reader guessing throughout the narrative, wondering what they are hiding, what their true motives are, and when another subtle but significant twist is going to happen, causing the tale to speed off in unlooked for direction. Call it Game of Thrones lite or whatever, but I found it all really entertaining.The only real complaint I have with this book was the characterization of two characters. I won’t go into details for fear of spoiling anything, but I just have to say that their sudden change of heart never felt very compelling or realistic. Yeah, reasons for the changes were provided, but they did not ring true to me.All in all, Veiled Empire was a pleasant surprise. It was a novel I read without any preconceived expectations of its brilliance, and it turned me into a fan of its exciting fantasy/sword and sorcery style, tantalizing me with brutal combat, vicious intrigue, and more than a few touching moments. Will others enjoy it as much as I did? Can’t say for sure, but I do think more people should give it a try and see what they think of it.

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  1. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars.Veiled Empire is an ambitious story filled with complex characters, twisting plots, and than enough action to keep every fantasy fan satisfied In short, this is a book which aims for the moon, and even though it misses slightly it still lands among the stars.From page one, Nathan Garrison drops readers into the middle of a quickly escalating rebellion The mierothi hegemony over the world has stood unchallenged for millennia, protected by [...]


  2. I could have sworn that I rated and reviewed this book shortly after I read it I remember writing the review and now it s gone weird.It s been a while since I ve read it, but I recommend this book to people who enjoy Rothfuss s work The story has some very neat twists, and it is simply a good solid fantasy.


  3. Review can also be found on my blog.Seriously one of my favorite fantasy books I have read this year The world building is complex, the characters are complex, the plot is complex, and everything is just simply amazingly done As soon as I finished I immediately tweeted Garrison asking if there was going to be , because I NEED MORE BOOKS IN THIS WORLD, I am hoping Harper Voyager green lights them because seriously this world is amazing This book is amazing I finished reading this book at the begi [...]


  4. I was really surprised by this book, reading the description I didn t really know what to expect and jumping into new world by a new author is always a little daunting I initially picked it up from the r Fantasy Self Promotion thread to give it a try while waiting for other books to come out but ended up getting engrossed in the plot I really enjoyed the story of the book, the characters were well written with a few of them being much complex than others For example I felt like Voren and his co [...]


  5. This was one of the most enjoyable stories I ve read this year The characters and story struck just the right balance between epic and grimdark for me Garrison also quite cleverly subverted a few tropes along the way.Beware the blessings I loved the scene that described the blessings, but I think what I liked best was how Garrison explored the ideology of accepting belief systems without question, and also, the lies we tell ourselves to get by one day A solid story with excellent characters I w [...]


  6. Read this review in the voice of Stefon from SNL Fantasy s hottest new title is Veiled Empire This book has EVERYTHING bloodlust, romance, vengeance, magic, gods, tyrants, secret plots, surprise twists, you name it This book slams your eyeballs into the back of your head on page one and it doesn t stop till it s over The characters are solid, the world is richly but not overwhelmingly detailed, and the plot lines are complicated enough to keep you on your toes, but not enough to confuse you Ther [...]


  7. An engrossing fantasy read The empire in question lies beneath a shroud In two ways first, the oppressive regime of the mierothi, a powerful race of mages And second, a physical barrier that helps them keep and consolidate their power But there s a resistance gaining momentum, and chinks appear in the emperor s iron grip on the land Pros Immersive world building and lovely proseCons Not for the faint of heart The body count starts on page one.If you enjoy grim dark fantasy in the vein of Malazan [...]


  8. I edited this book, so super biased, but I truly think it s one of the best fantasy novels to cross my desk in a long, long time Do yourself a favor and try it out It stands alone, has a great mix of darkness and traditional sword and sorcery elements, and is an incredibly well written debut.


  9. This was an absorbing fantasy with a satisfying end that should appeal to readers of the genre who seek a moving, ticking plot From the beginning you are thrown into Garrison s rich world and the lives and machinations of his diverse characters Introspection and background relevant to the story are dealt to the reader when they become relevant, so no long info dumps that can be the death of fantasy novels.The story is told from 6 different POV s I think I m counting correctly which makes for an [...]


  10. I liked it but it seemed very derivative as there were bits from Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Mark T Barnes one of my faves , Jenna Rhodes another fave and several others, however what he did with those bits was cool I finished it and I ll read the next one but I can t say I loved it so much that I would recommend it to everyone It was a good epic fantasy with good world building and some funny characters but it irritates me when characters go off thinking they know what happened when they are [...]



  11. Epic, action filled fantasy dealing with a rebellion of slaves against a tyrannical race of dark sorcerors Thousands of years ago, the Mierothi, a race that had been granted incredible powers by a dark god raised a veil almost completely cutting off their empire from the outside world Left with none under the veil able to stand up to them, they have engineered an incredible society, assisted by the half breed caste daeloth and magic immune warriors.But for every race of immortal dark sorcerers, [...]


  12. I really hate writing scathing reviews I know the authors work hard on their books And they ve actually successfully published them, which alone deserves a hat tip it s a tough industry.That being said, this book drove me crazy There were seeds of some good ideas, an interesting world, and some pretty good fight sequences.So why only two stars The main character actsall we say erratically It s actually impossible to explain my problem without spoilers, so read at your own risk view spoiler Okay, [...]


  13. Nathan Garrison s debut novel is a tale of large scale war and magic, told largely from the perspective of beings with godlike powers and lifespans The challenge of this premise is what one might expect, and that is the risk of losing sight of the common man element In this, Garrison both fails and succeeds Fails, because most of the common people of this story tend to be on the periphery, the mass victims or benefactors of the events Succeeds, because even the characters we would consider immor [...]


  14. An epic fantasy about the line between justice and revenge, questioning authority, courage in the face of probable failure, family loyalty, the lure of power, and redemption I skimmed the book, feeling as if I jumped into a series in mid story There is complex world building and character development, with a huge cast of characters and strong weight of history So many characters are not who they appear, or change during the course of the story.


  15. No lo termin , en unas pocas p ginas me di cuenta que vendieron una idea que no era lo que presenta el libro.No le puedo dar m s estrellas, por que si bien las sorpresas existen, esta no me enganch Y si alguien piensa que es malo, yo no lo s , ni quise averiguarlo.



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