Published by Iron Herring on August 31, 2021
Series: The Veil Chronicles #1
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Paperback from Author
To unearth the truth, she must embrace the legend within. For eighteen-year-old Lexi, freedom is a luxury. She's spent her life evading capture for a genetic gift that feels more like a curse. Her bulletproof immunity and monstrous disfigurement is of great interest to a secret organization, but they aren't the only ones.
A cryptic tip alerts Lexi that something else hunts her--something darker. Desperate to enjoy her life before it's too late, Lexi leaves the protective cocoon her parents created for her and signs up for art classes at her local college. There she meets Conner, who is confined to a wheelchair, and they become friends who are willing to share each other's secrets. But a chance encounter with Connor's foster brother Killian changes everything. Killian shares the same mysterious secret within his blood as Lexi. Their fateful meeting sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic events that exposes the terrifying truth--Lexi is a celestial queen of a bygone race. Connor is their last royal heir, and Killian is a half-breed abomination hated for his very existence.
With Connor kidnapped by an ancient god determined to rid the world of the stain of humanity, Lexi and Killian find themselves under the protection of the secretive Order of Kings. Lexi believes she's been thrown into a world of myths and legends, but things are not as they seem. Lexi becomes convinced the Order is keeping dangerous secrets that threaten not just her but all of mankind.
Tempest is the first book in the Veil Chronicles by author C.J. Campbell. The Veil Chronicles is a young adult fantasy romance series, and I really enjoyed the first book. There is a lot going on and packed into this 300 page book, and it was a wild ride! There are some really cool characters and creatures present in the world that C.J. created and I can’t wait to see what is in store for our main character, Lexi in the next book. I think this book is good for even younger readers of YA, because the main character starts out feeling very young. I think she matures as the book goes on, but that is something I wanted to point out.
In Tempest, we meet Lexi, who has basically been on the run with her parents for her whole life. Lexi was born with a genetic gift that made her basically impervious to physical wounds but her gift is also accompanied with physical disfigurements that she hates. Lexi is tired of hiding, and in an attempt to live a more “normal” life she enrolls in classes at her local college, where she meet Connor who has plenty of secrets of his own. From there things get even stranger, in the magical sense. Lexi, Connor and his brother Killian discover a new magical world, full of secret identities, magical creatures and danger galore. I really enjoyed the world that C.J. Campbell created. I was initially confused a bit, but after the first several chapters, I gained my bearings with the world and characters and then everything flowed smoothly from there.
Overall, this was a fun and interesting read. Lexi and Connor both have impressive character arcs and growth. I loved the self acceptance that I was starting to see from them. Lexi is a really easy character to root for. I also loved the celestial creatures concept and the celestial powers were cool. I can’t wait to see more about on that front in the next book. I can’t wait for book 2 so I can see what is going to happen next!
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