Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
I really like the concept of love at first sight. My husband and I were instantly drawn to each other, but years later we can both admit it was lust at first sight that quickly snowballed into love. It ruled (still does), but the romantic in me loves reading about that all-encompassing and immediate overwhelming love. We get some of that, with a solid reasoning for it, in Shiloh Walker’s Through the Veil.
Lee has spent her whole life battling a war in the land between the mortal world and the demon world. The only hitch? She’s only done it in her sleep. She’d awake mornings bruised and swollen with memories of battles and, more clearly, of a man. The thought of falling asleep was both terrifying and alluring for her.
Kalen has led the battle with the demon world for years. He’s been fortunate that Lee always arrives just when she’s needed. She is a powerful mage, able to lift the veil between worlds; able to battle the invading demons with magic. Also, he’s loved her since he was a child. After years of yearning to have Lee stay in his world with him, she crosses over. The protective Kalen is floored when he finds Lee in his world during the daytime. Unfortunately, she’s forgotten all about what this world is, about its war. The only thing she knows is she’s powerfully drawn to Kalen.
Kalen and Lee’s relationship, of course, blossoms and we get to experience her rediscovering power and finally understanding where she comes from. It’s moving and riveting. Walker has always been able to craft intense scenes, Through the Veil is no exception. She throws plenty of plot curves at us to keep things unexpected, and to keep our fated couple somewhat grounded in reality.
While the ending was a little too tidy for me, with a sudden pulling together, I still loved it. Lee, even as she’s relearning how to control her magic, remains a strong woman doing as much for herself as possible. Kalen is protective, but still acutely aware of her independence. Knowing she’ll make her own path whether he agrees.
With a strong heroine aiding a considerate and oh-so-handsome leader in a quest to save her world, how could we not get into Through the Veil? This paranormal romance is beautifully wrought and incrementally intense.
I’m looking forward to reading the sequel Veil of Shadows, which releases Sept. 7, 2010. Keep an eye out for our early review.