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Beyond The Veil: A Muse Urban Fantasy (The Veil Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Pippa DaCosta
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The Veil Series starts here: Goodreads reviewers say; "Epic!" "A spectacular series!" "Best series EVER!" And it's now complete!

“They say I’m half demon, but I like to think of myself as half human, especially as the demons want me dead.”

Charlie Henderson is living a lie. Her real name is Muse and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.

When a half-demon assassin walks into her life, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, Muse must return to the one man she hoped never to see again and ask for help. The Prince of Greed isn’t known for his charity. The price is high, and the cost could tear her apart.

Trapped between the malevolent intentions of a Prince of Hell and an assassin with ulterior motives, Muse must embrace the lure of chaos at her core; the demon inside her, in order to survive.

When your ex is the Prince of Greed, you'd better be ready to raise hell.

(Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Quarter-Finalist Top 100 in Genre.)

Praise for ‘Beyond The Veil’ - #1 The Veil Series.

"This emotional, supernatural novel keeps up a brisk pace without leaving the reader behind... A solid start to the series." Publishers Weekly.

"Action-packed, raw urban fantasy that’s edgy and eclectic." Amazon reviewer.

"This is a fantastic book, and one of my new favorites! ...a brilliant and original (urban fantasy) tale, entwined with a fascinating element of romance. I am eager to dive into the next book in the series to see what happens with these fantastic characters." Moonrise Books Blog

"I almost cried. It was THAT heart wrenching." Nocturnal Predators Reviews

"Steamy and sensual in places whilst heartrending and profoundly poignant & deep in others." Amazon reviewer.

"Beyond the Veil" has everything you want in a good urban fantasy read... Muse is a great main character, that is "real". She is fast becoming one of my fave heroines. And what can I say of the men, but sexy alpha men are my weakness and this one has two!! Night Owl Reviews

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance
Sub-Genre: Demons.
Due to adult themes and scenarios this book is recommended for +18's.

The Veil Series Reading List

Wings of Hope (Prequel novella)

Beyond The Veil (#1)

Devil May Care (#2)

Darkest Before Dawn (#3)

Drowning In The Dark (#4)

Ties That Bind (#5)


Biographie de l'auteur

Born in Tonbridge, Kent in 1979, Pippa's family moved to the South West of England where she grew up amongst the dramatic moorland and sweeping coastlands of Devon & Cornwall. With a family history brimming with intrigue, complete with Gypsy angst on one side and Jewish survivors on another, she has the ability to draw from a patchwork of ancestry and use it as the inspiration for her writing. Happily married and the Mother of two little girls, she resides on the Devon & Cornwall border.

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 héroïne girouette 29 mai 2014
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
L'héroïne me parait complètement inconsistante, d'une page à l'autre elle change de personnalité. A la moitié du livre cela m'a assommée d'ennui, je n'ai pas pu terminer le livre (c'est rare pour moi, mais je n'avais même pas envie de connaître la fin).
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Painful... 20 juin 2015
Par Rawrr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Muse is a demon halfbreed and as such, she lives in hiding because she has apparently been badly abused by demons. Unfortunately, someone from her demon past has put out a hit on her and now she has to go on the run.

I had been eyeing this book forever and was really excited when it finally became free on kindle. I really wanted to like it (it's a series and there's already a couple bks out) but unfortunately, I found it almost painful to get through...The author relies way too much telling and doesn't do enough showing when it comes to her characters and their pasts. As a result, their reactions and behavior always seemed confusing and over the top to me. For instance, Muse falls in love within like DAYS and she is constantly talking about how great her life in hiding was--only there seems to be very little evidence to support any of these things! It's all just talk. She has what sounds like a horrendous past yet she barely divulges any of the details and hardly ever seems affected by it. I need my books to have more substance than this.

The plot, what little there is, is supposed to be that someone's trying to kill this chick and she's trying to find out who, but it mostly seems like a collection of long drawn-out make out/sex scenes between Muse and her 2 suitors. One second Muse is telling us she needs to stay away from Akill; he's dangerous and cannot be trusted, but like a paragraph later she's "quivering" with lust and completely lost in a descriptive flood of sensation, desire, and elemental power. I don't mind sex or romance (in fact, I like it) but I also require a story to go along with them...and by "story" I mean a story about something other than a girl losing all focus and being overcome with hormones at the drop of a hat.

Another unfortunate thing (to me at least) is that the magic in this book is metaphysical. This means that the "power" is constantly rising to the surface which allows the author to fall into long, overly descriptive passages of the power doing this or that (or at least that's what it felt like to me). I seem to be in the minority here, but I can't stand it when authors do this! I don't need, nor do I want all these repetitive intangible metaphysical descriptions; just get to the freaking point already...going on and on about what the "power" feels like does not make it anymore convincing or less lame to me (it's an abuse of the thesaurus is what it is). Another thing is, every time Muse lets the power "flood" her she is basically invincible and I can think of nothing more boring than that.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 enjoyed it 24 février 2014
Par Sadie Forsythe - Publié sur Amazon.com
I would call this a solid 3, maybe a 3.5. It was a pleasant distraction. I enjoyed reading it, but it left me wanting in a lot of aspects.

First, there is very little character development. The book jumps right into the action. While this is fun, it didn't give me any time to get to know Muse or anyone else. Plus, a lot of Muse's history is referenced as the book progresses. I mean, like, a whole book's worth is hinted at—major drama. This left me feeling like I couldn't possibly be reading the first book in the series or that this is actually the first in a spin off series. It isn't, as far as I know, but it sure felt like it. So much is skimmed over or the reader is just told it happened. I was duly informed that Muse had a tragic past, but that wasn't enough to make me feel for her or that history.

This was all complicated by her tendency to have whiplash changes of opinion with no evidence of an impetus of change. As an example, she spent much of the beginning of the book telling herself she can't/won't go back to Akil, that he's dangerous and she has to keep her distance because he can get under skin easily. She's very adamant about this. Then he shows up and says, 'come to a party with me' and she not only goes, she tells herself she deserves to have fun and relax. It was a very abrupt change of attitude toward him and nothing seemed to have happened to give her a reason to suddenly be less wary around him.

The same tendency toward thinness could be claimed for the world building. There isn't much. We're told demon's exist and live on the other side of a 'veil,' that's about it. I'm assuming the universe is otherwise the same as ours, but I don't know. Nor do I know the time frame. It could be years in the future or today. I'm not sure.

I also thought the sex was out of place. It wasn't at all graphic. It just popped up regularly, at inopportune moments. It left me feeling like Muse had no control over herself. It didn't matter whom she was with, she was lusting after him. As she's a woman with a history of slavery, including sexual slavery, I developed the, surely erroneous, impression that her body responded to any powerful man available with no regard for her own wishes. I'm afraid she felt a little like a whore in this respect (and I've purposefully used the more inflammatory word here), as if she was so accustomed to servicing men that she did it without conscious effort or even apparent knowledge that she was following an established pattern. I'm fairly sure this wasn't the author's intent, but it's still the impression I garnered.

Lastly, it had a bit of a deus ex machina ending (pet peeve, grrr) and a lot of important information was skipped over between the final chapter and the epilogue. I needed more details to believe it...actually that's true of the whole book, but especially the ending.

All-in-all, the author has a really interesting idea here. A lot could be made out of Muse's slavery, subsequent strengths and appreciation of the mundane. But I think the book felt rushed. Too much was only sketched out or simply leapt over. I was never able to get enough of a feel for the characters to understand their motives and actions, leaving everything feeling random and unpredictable.

It is well written and, other than a few missing words, well edited. Plus, (and I know this is a strange thing to mention) I like the size of the book. At 8x5 inches it's bigger than a mass market paperback, but not as big as the ~9x6 I've come to associate with self-published books. While it wasn't a faultless read it's worth picking up. As I said, I had complaints but I also enjoyed the ride.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beyond the Veil ;) 31 mars 2014
Par Adams - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I received this book through the first reads giveaway on GR.

First off, the cover is absolutely beautiful and fits Muse perfectly. Everything on the cover has significance in the story.

I fell in love with this book from the beginning. You jump right into Muses life as soon as you start reading, it's extremely easy to follow. Mrs.DaCosta provides info and gives tons of details as each scene unfolds so there isn't any info dumping:). The characters themselves are incredible, there is a ton of detail as to what they look like, both in human and demon form to really give you a good sense of them. Her characters are anything but flat. Muse is a perfectly imperfect character, there is no illusions of her perfection, strength or beauty in this book. She's definitely relateable and has so many dimensions to her, she grows and develops as the story moves along. The insanely attractive and playful leading men are both alphas, but couldn't be more polar opposite of each other.

Beyond The Veil is very well written and balanced. There aren't any inconsistencies in the story, or info dumping, and the plot is very strong. All of Muses relationships develop naturally, we aren't rushed into believing she suddenly falls in love with some guy! The ending has left me wanting more, I'm thrilled the next installment will be out soon:D!

I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys any type of fantasy or is just looking for a different type of story. It's definitely worth reading.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved it. 30 mars 2014
Par S. Ford - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I love reading books that are action packed and have me on the edge of my seat the whole time while reading and Beyond the Veil did not disappoint me at all.

Muse is trying to lead a normal life but when you’re a half demon and the demons want you dead that so called normal life goes out the window when a demon assassin walks into Muse’s life leaving a live of destruction in his way. Now Muse is forced to ask the one man she never wants to see again for help. The Prince of Greed also known as Muse’s ex-boyfriend. But the price is high for his help and if Muse has any chance of survival she will have to depend on her demon half if she has any chance of coming out of this alive.

I absolutely loved Muse. She has become one of my favorite heroines this year and I can not wait to read more about her in the next books. My only complaint is I would have loved to know more about Muse’s tragic past. Hopefully in the books to come the author will delve deeper into so we get to know more about Muse.

I loved this whole world filled with Demons as it got my attention from the very first page. I can’t wait for the next book to see more of Muse and the demons in her world. 4/5 Bloody Fangs
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 demons without angels 2 décembre 2014
Par Gypsyjolie - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
There was so many great things about this book, and some disappointments.

First of all, the world of the story is good and unusual. The idea of a world with demons and humans separated by a Veil, where there are no angels to balance out the demons, is solid. I appreciate that there is no Heaven/Hell morality laid over the world. Our main characters are half human and half demon, and their differing views on their identity in the world were interesting. I do love a good misfit tale. The Institute is a great concept and makes a nice foil to the demons as villains. They offer Muse and Stefan a way to improve their skills and while keeping them safe from the demons while doing it. I liked the demon magic system being based on elemental forces (fire/heat, ice/cold) and look forward to meeting characters in future books with powers in other elements.

Muse/Charlie is a good protagonist. She was imprisoned and abused, and is coming into her own now. We want her to find her power and to find her place in her world. She has a metalworking aptitude, which I'd love to see her work more with. She has fire elemental magic. She gets thrown into and situation after situation without much ability to do more than react, but by the end of the book we see her getting her feet under her and starting to plan her own destiny finally. She waffles a bit too much about who to trust and love, but her abusive backstory makes that believable (for now). Now that she is getting some clarity and training, I expect her to be much stronger in the second book.

Some things were frustrating to me. The sex scenes in this book seemed awkwardly thrown in. There is a "love triangle" of sorts, but poor Muse is choosing between two men that have treated her badly and broken her trust, and with all the twists and turns of the plot, I was left thinking she should have thrown them both away and went on with her life.

I felt that the demons were a little underwritten (thought that may be rectified more in coming books). We are told there are seven Princes in Hell, and that Akil is the Prince of Greed (so I assume they are the seven Deadly Sins), but that is not explored in any way that I could see. I'd like to know more about the origin of the demons and what their world and motivations are. I am very intrigued about the role/powers of the half-demons and look forward to more revelations about them. How did they come to be? How many are there? What role will they have in defeating the demons or bolstering the humans?

There seemed to be some continuity errors (Muse refers to something a character told her or taught her, but we never saw that scene, etc.), which made Muse seem a little unreliable as a narrator. The pacing shifts rapidly, and felt too much of action action action without time for the character to react or reflect, which keeps the reader from bonding with Muse. Similarly, I am unsure how to feel about some of the secondary characters (Mika, Ryder) because we're never given enough time with them to see what their true natures are. Everyone seems to be a double agent in this book. I'd like to see a bigger scope in the next book - make me care about the world and what the greater stakes are. If it's just Akil versus Muse because she dared to leave him, that's pretty shallow and uninteresting.

All in all the book was interesting, fast-paced, and a good start to a series. I am eager to see the world fleshed out more, Muse come into her own, and the scope of the struggle between demons and humans to be revealed.
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