What Lies Beyond the Veil
Harper L. Woods
Once, we'd worshipped them as Gods. For nearly 400 years, the Veil has protected us from the Fae of Alfheimr. In their absence, our lives have shifted from decadence and sin to survival and virtue under the guidance of the New Gods. I've spent my entire life tending to the gardens next to the boundary between our worlds, drawn to the shimmering magic like a moth to the flame. Then, we died on their swords. All of that changes the day the Veil shatters, unleashing the fae upon our world once again. The magic of faerie marks those of us they mean to take, but the Mist Guard protecting Nothrek will kill us all before they let the fae have us. There's no choice but to flee everything I've ever known, not if I want to live to see my twenty-first birthday as a free woman. Now, they'll claim what's theirs. But before they capture me, Caelum saves me from the Wild Hunt. Fae-marked and on the run, he is able to fight back in ways I only dream of. From tentative alliance to all-consuming passion, our bond strengthens as the fae close in and evil lurks ever nearer. With my life on the line, he is everything I shouldn't dare to want and a distraction I can't afford. I can't seem to stay away, not even with something greater on the line. My heart. Author's Note: This book is intended for readers who are 18 and older. It contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content with darker elements. This is book one in a series and ends in a cliffhanger.
Harper L. Woods
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"Estrella is used to being controlled by men for the want of her body, until her sacrificial death goes wrong. The veil separating human and Fae has broken, somehow linked to Estella. Unexpectedly Fae marked and on the run from both Human and Fae alike she meets the strikingly dangerous Caleum. In an instant connection Estrella finds herself out of control once again as both her mind and body are progressively pulled to Calum. This book was sexy and raw, it had a slow burn that kept you guessing all the possibilities."
"Listened to an audiobook of this and stayed up until 2 am because I couldn’t get enough! Definitely has trigger warnings though… there is lots of SA but then the character isn’t affected when the live interest does the same thing that others did. It was VERY predictable too. Also the main character has the potential to be so powerful but she lets the love interest protect her from everything and that bothered me. But I cried many times, and got emotionally attached to several characters. I thought it was well written even if some sentences repeated themselves constantly. I thought the world building was very interesting and beautiful. Was surprised by the spice but it wasn’t overbearing, or the main plot line. Got me out of my reading slump, and it’s one of my new favorites, trying to find the next books now."
"⭐️ I was so excited for this, but the pacing of this book is not good. The romance and the subplot are incredibly predictable by the quasi-omnipotence the FMC has whilst being clueless about it at the same time. It’s rather frustrating. I unfortunately share some sentiment that this book feels like a cut and paste scrapbook of very popular Romantasy books, though I don’t feel it should be judged as harshly as it has, as many popular authors (Yarros, Armentrout) do the same thing. Overall, I found myself zoning in and out as I read around the 30-40% mark up until the end. Someone on GoodReads said that most of this book is just camping, and that’s true. The fated mate stuff is usually one of my favorite tropes, but I truly hated the way it was portrayed in this book - the FMC had absolutely no comprehension of what was going on even though she pondered it in great detail multiple times. Like, duh girl. Very mildly entertaining if you have mid/low standards like I do, though I will NOT be finishing the series."
"The spicy scenes seemed overdone. No real plot. "