Title: The Veil
Author: Megan Chance
Series: (The Fianna Trilogy #3)
Date Published: August 25th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal
Great stones crack and split. Storms will tell and the world is changed…
Seventeen-year-old Grace has found the archdruid who can teach her to use her power as the veleda—the priestess prophesied to save Ireland. But nothing is as it should be. The archdruid is a dangerous fairy, and Grace can’t learn the spells, no matter how hard she tries. Something is wrong…but what?
Meanwhile, gentleman Patrick Devlin and warrior Diarmid Ua Duibhne both struggle with their love for Grace, their duty to their warring brotherhoods, and their support of Ireland. And New York City is in chaos with protests, immigrant gangs, and police crackdowns. The only hope for the future is the ancient ritual, just weeks away, in which Diarmid must take the life of the girl he loves.
Secrets, legends, and prophecies collide in an explosive finale that will save the world—or destroy it.
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Everything is different. Nothing was the way they thought it would be, and with all the twists and surprises leaping around every corner, how can Grace do what she needs to?
The Veil really challenges Grace, and I loved it because she develops more than she did in the first two books. This is because while she’s still thinking of love and hope and helping her family, it isn’t her main concern anymore. Yes, she does love someone, and yes she does want to do all she can to help her family, but she knows she has to search for the answers herself because she can’t let love decide for her. She’s challenged in an abundance of ways, and my favourite is her time spent with the archdruid and the sidhe. Iobhar gives her the oddest tasks, and leaves her with vague sayings that she has to figure out to help make her stronger. Each time, she fails or she doesn’t. And each time, she grows more determined.
We don’t learn more on the history and Celtic legends unfortunately, other than the fragments we get from Patrick. That however, is only because the book is so focused on the present. Grace goes missing (poor Diarmid practically lost his mind with worry), everyone goes crazy looking for her (both sides search everywhere, because they need the Veleeda for the prophecy), she’s untouchable (except by those she’s with), and then she’s back. We learn more about who Patrick is to her, what her powers are, and what the prophecy entails. It’s all in a mix of chaos and worry and twists we never saw coming.
The romance wasn’t doing it for me in the first two books. In The Veil however, that changes. It’s not the main concern anymore, and so the romance turns sweet, and heart breaking, and powerful. I agreed with the choices Grace made, but at times when he was with her… I just wanted them together again, because it was so painful. But it worked out in the end and I can’t say I’m disappointed.
The action is great. Police are everywhere looking for Grace and Diarmid, with wanted posters and the likes, but he still puts himself in danger to look for her. He walks the streets, breaks into a house, and he goes crazy with worry. He gets into fights, and they stage break ins in hopes of finding Grace, and it’s so cleaver how they trick people! The author has a way with making the tricks and manipulations seem so clever and witty, and I truly enjoyed reading them.
The plot is fantastic. I wasn’t sure where it was going at first, but I can honestly say that I like how things turned out. The prophecy played out in a way that I never saw coming, though it feels like I should’ve because it felt so right. The sacrifice and the split, it was all woven together to make a great action packed scene.
However, the ending fell a little flat for me. I won’t mention what happened, but I don’t really like how it took months to get to a decision, and then one word with someone and suddenly everything changes. You realize things, sure, but not so quickly. And you especially don’t act on them right away when you’ve spent months denying it.
Overall though, this trilogy was fun and enjoyable to read!