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Cavern of the Veil Queen

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Conquest of the Veil, Book 4
Michael Scott Clifton
Illustrated by Nancy E. Durham
Fiction / Fantasy / Action / Sword & Sorcery
Publisher: Book Liftoff
Publication Date: July 27, 2022
Pages: 342 pages
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The Empire of Meredith has waged war against the Veil Queen for over a thousand years.

However, the struggle is unequal. Protected by the Veil, an impenetrable boundary of magic, the Veil Queen preys on the Empire’s citizens. The ceaseless raids have allowed her to build an enormous army of melds, monstrous creatures who are a fusion of humans and beasts.

Then a way is found through the magical partition. An invasion is launched to defeat the Dark Queen. But she’s had centuries to plot treachery. Is the open portal real or a misdirection, another of her evil schemes?

Alexandria’s new husband, Prince Tal, has wielded his formidable magic repeatedly in the struggle. But the key to victory may not lie with his power, but with Alex’s wild and unpredictable magic. If she can discover a way to control it, they have a chance to end the war and destroy the Veil. It requires only two things.

Find the Veil Queen…and kill her.

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Clueless Gent’s Rating for Cavern of the Veil Queen

5 star rating

Without a doubt, Cavern of the Veil Queen has one of the best climaxes I’ve ever read! And why shouldn’t it? It’s really the climax for the series. (Or is it?)

In this fourth book in the Conquest of the Veil series, Princess Alexandria and Prince Tal continue their wedded bliss—still newlyweds—amid the army’s continued preparation for war with the evil Veil Queen. However, just as things are looking up and the army is able to move their personnel and supplies through the open portal quicker than before, something happens to quash their optimism. Something terrible that no one could see coming. Their only hope is to kill the Veil Queen before she kills them.

As soon as their optimism is squashed—about midway through the book—the race to the climax begins! I’ve never read a climax so well-planned as to keep me pinned to the edge of my seat for so long. I wanted to take breaks from the reading, but I couldn’t. If the characters I so enjoyed couldn’t take breaks, then neither would I. I read the final two-thirds of the book in one sitting.

Aside from the pacing, the incredible pacing, the characters become even more endearing. I suppose that’s something that’s only possible in a series. The characters—both good and bad—can be more refined. With royals and gnomes and wizards, the characters are very diverse, yet all come together to challenge the Veil Queen.

“He loved Alex with an intensity that burned within him like a blacksmith’s forge.”

—on Prince Tal’s love for Princess Alexandria

Once the climax begins, the story is told on several fronts. One front is Waldez, the symbolic outpost meant to blunt any attack by the Veil Queen’s army, and the other is the main castle fortress at Wheel. The author brings the reader to the brink of something, and he then changes to the other location. The back-and-forth continue throughout the climax.

The character arcs are long yet refreshing. It was interesting to see how the main characters changed throughout the story. If you read any of the prior books, the character arcs can be sewn together to create incredible extended arcs.

After the climax, and after things have settled down a bit, the story took a turn that completely floored me. It was quite unexpected, but it was, in my opinion, the perfect way to end this incredible series!

I gleefully give this book (and this series) my highest recommendation!

I received a free copy of Cavern of the Veil Queen from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are my own.

the Author

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Multi award-winning author Michael Scott Clifton, a longtime public educator, currently lives in Mount Pleasant, Texas with his wife, Melanie. An avid gardener, reader, and movie junkie, his books contain facets of all the genres he enjoys—action, adventure, magic, fantasy, and romance.
His fantasy novels, The Janus Witch, The Open Portal (Book I in the Conquest of the Veil series), and Escape from Wheel (Book II), all received 5-Star reviews from the prestigious Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews. The Open Portal has also been honored with a Feathered Quill Book Finalist Award. In addition, Edison Jones and the Anti-Grav Elevator earned a 2021 Feathered Quill Book Award Bronze Medal in the Teen Readers category. Two of his short stories have won Gold Medals, with Edges of Gray winning the Texas Authors Contest, and The End Game winning the Northeast Texas Writer’s Organization Contest. Professional credits include articles published in the Texas Study of Secondary Education journal.

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