Beyond the Veil

(The Veil, #1)

If your ex is the Prince of Greed, you’d better be ready to raise Hell.

Charlie Henderson is living a lie. Her real name is Muse, she's half demon, and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.

When an 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.

“I could never run from the half of me that danced in the dark.”

It's hard to rating a book three stars when it's so hard to put down my hand may as well be superglued to it, but no matter how into the story I was, there were too many nuances that bugged me.

Charlie is a broken person, a half-demon living some sort of human life as a lie. That doesn't last long since she has to run back to the master demon who helped her in the past early on. It goes without saying these were Urban fantasy demons, not biblical demons. The hierachy is well-structured, with a few masters on Earth who don a human disguise and are supremely power and politically connected. Muse as a half-demon and half-human was previously treated as an abused pet in the underworld, so naturally she has no desire to go back and wants only to cut off that connection.

The story is basically a go back-and-forth on who she can trust. One chapter she thinks she can trust Stefan, then the next chapter she can't. One chapter she can trust Akil, then the second chapter she can't. Are they working together? Yes they are but Stefan is just pretending to work with Akil while being on the side of others. Wait, he's just pretending to pretend to trick Muse. Wait Akil knows. Wait, he just thinks he knows. Wait, these others are in on it. Good grief!

This book is ultimately hard to put down because it's one of those back and forth soap operas that has more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. That's the base of the story right there. When to be paranoid and when to find the paranoia is justified.

Character wise I didn't mind Muse - I don't need the main female character to be totally tough as nails, so her emotionalism didn't bug me. The men are stimulating but a little stereotypical. I have a pet peeve when a person's powers can be subdued or controlled too.

The writing style isn't bad, the pacing is strong, but the storyline isn't the greatest and how the characters relate to each other ends up holding the story. I won't continue with the series, one ride on this coaster was enough, but I don't regret trying it on.

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