Title: Veiled Shadows
Series: The Age of Alandria #2
Publication Date: October 1st 2013
Publisher: Red Cabin Publishing
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rating: 4 stars
Shadows linger where light is obstructed, and truth is veiled.
Evil is an untreated disease in the once beautiful realm of Alandria.
Kaeleigh is faced with a revelation that she must reconcile. She will decide if discovering the truth is worth the unknown consequences to both herself and her friends.
Daegan, the Ferrishyn warrior, is conflicted by more than his loyalties, and is confronted with emotions he doesn’t know how to deal with. A choice must be made. A choice… that may cost him more than he ever wanted to give.
The Droch-Shúil—enforcers and servants of the ancient darkness—continue to cast their shadow over Alandria seeking those who can be turned to their side.
The magic of The Orchids is growing, but not everyone will survive what is to come.
Veiled Shadows is the second installment in The Age of Alandria series: the story of the Sol-lumieth’s quest for freedom of self and the power to battle the evil of the Droch-Shúil.
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Veiled Shadows picks up where Silent Orchids left off with Kaeleigh, Daegan, Finn and Chel arriving at a cabin in the middle of the woods and coming across a stranger who actually happens to be Kaeleigh's grandfather.Finally,after all these years she meets one of her relatives,a part of her family.She also finds out that her father is barely alive but there's still hope if she finds him in time.
But she's too weak because she still hasn't accepted her true nature completely.As a result this side of herself is fighting her human one.Time is running out and she must choose a side.But before that happens,she falls into a coma,where she's transported to the realm between the living and the dead.There,she meets Eva,her mother who starts explaining things and the prophecy that Kaeleigh must complete.But staying there for a long time is very dangerous and Kaeleigh must accept her legacy and who she really is so that she can return back.
And she does.She knows that she's special and that the future of Alandria is in her hands.She can't go back to being a normal 18 year old girl even if she wanted to.She has a mission and she's determined to accomplish it,no matter what.
Moreover,we finally meet Maleina,the evil queen that threatens Alandria's existence and peace.We also find out that Daegan is magically attached to her.He has no choice or will of his own.He's obliged to serve her.Throughout the years,she made him do unforgettable and disgusting things.But Kaeleigh is the one who can see right through his soul.She sees that despite everything he's done,deep down he's a good and pure frightened boy.She's also the only one who can free him from this curse.
She was scared,but not of him,he realized... for him.She was standing so close.
"Are you all right,Daegan?", she whispered.
He nodded,but instead of speaking moved in closer,his eyes moving over her face.He pulled her closer where his hand still gently gripped hers,leaning in to her face,pausing for a brief moment to allow her to stop him,but when she didn't he made a split-second decision to follow his heart and not his conscience.His lips found hers and gently,tentatively,he kissed hers,asking permission.When she kissed him back,surprisingly,his heart lifted.
Let's not forget Kaeleigh's best friends.I felt sorry for Finn because it's pretty obvious that he has feelings for her but she made it clear that she chose Daegan.And then there's Chel who always sees the bright side even when Maleina has them all looked up in a cell.There's also Hunter, Daegan's brother who might be interested in Chel but I'm not sure yet.I hope there's more about these two in the next installment.
An explosive and action-packed sequel that lived up to my expectations.Everything leads to the great battle between good and evil and I can't wait to read the next installment in The Age of Alandria series!
Morgan Wylie, originally from the Pacific Northwest, now resides near Nashville, TN with her husband and daughter. She and her husband work everyday at their individual and combined creative pursuits while she learns to balance being “Mama”, wife, and mediator to the many voices and muses constantly chattering in her head.