Rectar has always had his sights set on conquering the human lands. His demonic invasion of the west is gaining momentum – an unrelenting horde unhindered by food or sleep. Now, only the undermanned Splintering Isles lie between the demons and the human kingdom of Brevia. If the islands fall, the rest of Tenalp will soon follow.
The Three Races must work together if they are to survive, but they have another problem – Castallan. The traitorous wizard has raised a deadly rebellion and declared himself King of Humans. He believes himself safe in the bowels of his impenetrable Bastion fortress, but Darnuir, now King of Dragons, intends to break those walls at all costs.
To face these threats, all dragons, humans and fairies must truly unite; yet old prejudices may undermine Darnuir’s efforts once again. And as the true intentions of all are revealed, so too is a secret that may change the entire world.
I love-love-loved The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King and I was looking forward to the sequel. So, let’s get stuck in…
Veiled Intentions stays on course by following the natural course of events after The Reborn King. Dranuir seems to be a better version of himself after been given a second chance and he fully backs the belief that only by leaving the old grievances in between the Three Races behind, they will be successful in defeating Rectar. The Shadow that lingers over the world with the threat of demons.
The title of the book is an accurate one, as every leader’s motivations and true intentions emerge. Most attitudes are driven by past events (some as old as hunderds of years), some driven by hunger for power, some driven by wanting to see a different future. Even though Darnuir, The Dragon King is really the most powerful and highest in terms of hierarchy in terms of the Three Races, simply ordering people- human, dragon or fairy- around with a vision for a united front, isn’t something that automatically guarantees peace, loyalty or long term willingness to exist side by side. The Three Races may share an enemy, but some leaders choose to believe that this need to unite forces is only temporary, rather than something which could bridge a new future and a way of life for all involved.
As you can see, I’m being pretty vague in terms of revealing any specific plot events, and there are quite a number of big moments throughout this book. With plenty of political intrigue, relationship dynamics and battle scenes, Veiled Intentions delivers a strong waterproof plot. Being quite honest though, personally, I felt the story was dragging at times. Was it the many POVs in those various locations with those differing endgames that all needed a conclusion which made my reading experience a bit more laborious than I would have liked? I don’t know. That being said- all that happened in the book, needed to happen so it’s likely that my impatience got the better of me.
With quite a lot of chesspieces on board fighting the dark forces in differing locations, Miller manages to bring the whole picture together through the POVs of all of the main players (Darnuir, Blaine, Garon, Dukoona, Cassandra, Brackendon). Veiled Intentions is very much a book of hardships from start to finish; and even though it seems the obstacles will just never end for the characters, the strong vision, hope and a ‘never give up’ kind of attitude has been built into each and every one of them, which really helps the reader to live into the story and experience the highs and lows as they come thick and fast.
Miller doesn’t leave anything to chance or open for debate. Every dialogue, scene and description is written with a purpose. Every emotion was delivered on beautifully, so I could feel the joys, the defeats, the hurts. And this is something I always respect with good writing- the power to get me invested in all the feels.
Because there is a whole lot of battle scenes in this book I need to mention that while they very well written (succinct, not confusing, always with a clear outcome), I did feel, towards the end of the book, that I was as tired of fighting as were our characters in the book. Not sure if author intended for this exact effect, but it felt fitting for me to become bogged down, bruised and battered by the battles.
For some reason, I didn’t love Veiled Intentions as much as I enjoyed The Reborn King. However, with a great number of twists and all the veiled intentions now revealed, I trust the next book will be a stunning addition and ending to the trilogy. And that ending… Book #3 will just be epic, I think! Yes, the constant battle wore on my morale and made me a tired soldier, indeed, yet I still enjoyed the adventure and I look forward to catching up with some of my favorite characters again. 4 stars.