The Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before For returned to the Empire is a valynThe Empire is Shrouded, not only by the barrier that covers the land, but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime Magic is the privilege of the elite, and the people of this shadowed country have forgotten what it means to hope under their rule.But there are some who would resist, with plans put into motion millennia before For returned to the Empire is a valynkar, servant of the god of light, and with him come the strength and cunning that could tip the scales to end the Emperor s reign He has gathered a group of heroes ready to ignite the flame of rebellion and fight against the dark power that has ruled for nearly two thousand years A power that has champions of its own.Nathan Garrison s Veiled Empire throws a mythical land into chaos, with races long thought forgotten, and magics only just discovered Steel and sorcery clash as brave souls vie for freedom and control in this astonishing debut novel.
Veiled Empire The Empire is Shrouded not only by the barrier that covers the land but by the lies and oppression of the mierothi regime Magic is the privilege of the elite and the people of this shadowed country
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.My rating is 3.5 stars.Veiled Empire is an ambitious story filled with complex characters, twisting plots, and more than enough action to keep every fantasy fan satisfied. In short, this is a book which aims for the moon, and even though it misses slightly it still lands among the stars.From page one, Nathan Garrison drops readers into the middle of a quickly escalating rebellion. The mierothi hegemony over the world has stood unchallenged for millennia, protec [...]
I could have sworn that I rated and reviewed this book shortly after I read it. I remember writing the review and now it's gone weird.It's been a while since I've read it, but I recommend this book to people who enjoy Rothfuss's work. The story has some very neat twists, and it is simply a good solid fantasy.
Review can also be found on my blog.Seriously one of my favorite fantasy books I have read this year. The world building is complex, the characters are complex, the plot is complex, and everything is just simply amazingly done. As soon as I finished I immediately tweeted Garrison asking if there was going to be more, because I NEED MORE BOOKS IN THIS WORLD, I am hoping Harper Voyager green lights them because seriously this world is amazing. This book is amazing. I finished reading this book at [...]
I was really surprised by this book, reading the description I didn't really know what to expect and jumping into new world by a new author is always a little daunting. I initially picked it up from the /r/Fantasy Self-Promotion thread to give it a try while waiting for other books to come out but ended up getting engrossed in the plot. I really enjoyed the story of the book, the characters were well written with a few of them being much more complex than others. For example I felt like Voren an [...]
This was one of the most enjoyable stories I've read this year. The characters and story struck just the right balance between epic and grimdark for me. Garrison also quite cleverly subverted a few tropes along the way.Beware the blessings! I loved the scene that described the blessings, but I think what I liked best was how Garrison explored the ideology of accepting belief systems without question, and also, the lies we tell ourselves to get by one more day. A solid story with excellent charac [...]
(Read this review in the voice of Stefon from SNL.)Fantasy's hottest new title is Veiled Empire. This book has EVERYTHING: bloodlust, romance, vengeance, magic, gods, tyrants, secret plots, surprise twists, you name it!This book slams your eyeballs into the back of your head on page one and it doesn't stop till it's over. The characters are solid, the world is richly (but not overwhelmingly) detailed, and the plot lines are complicated enough to keep you on your toes, but not enough to confuse y [...]
An engrossing fantasy read! The empire in question lies beneath a "shroud" In two ways: first, the oppressive regime of the mierothi, a powerful race of mages. And second, a physical barrier that helps them keep and consolidate their power. But there's a resistance gaining momentum, and chinks appear in the emperor's iron grip on the land. Pros: Immersive world building and lovely proseCons: Not for the faint of heart. The body count starts on page one.If you enjoy grim dark fantasy in the vein [...]
I edited this book, so super-biased, but I truly think it's one of the best fantasy novels to cross my desk in a long, long time. Do yourself a favor and try it out. It stands alone, has a great mix of darkness and more traditional sword-and-sorcery elements, and is an incredibly well-written debut.
This was an absorbing fantasy with a satisfying end that should appeal to readers of the genre who seek a moving, ticking plot. From the beginning you are thrown into Garrison’s rich world and the lives and machinations of his diverse characters. Introspection and background relevant to the story are dealt to the reader when they become relevant, so no long info-dumps that can be the death of fantasy novels.The story is told from 6 different POV’s (I think I’m counting correctly) which mak [...]
I liked it but it seemed very derivative as there were bits from Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, Mark T. Barnes (one of my faves), Jenna Rhodes (another fave) and several others, however what he did with those bits was cool. I finished it and I'll read the next one but I can't say I loved it so much that I would recommend it to everyone. It was a good epic fantasy with good world building and some funny characters but it irritates me when characters go off thinking they know what happened when th [...]
Nice stand alone epic fantasy. Interesting set up, a bit weak on character building, though.
Epic, action filled fantasy dealing with a rebellion of slaves against a tyrannical race of dark sorcerors. Thousands of years ago, the Mierothi, a race that had been granted incredible powers by a dark god raised a veil almost completely cutting off their empire from the outside world. Left with none under the veil able to stand up to them, they have engineered an incredible society, assisted by the half-breed caste daeloth and magic-immune warriors.But for every race of immortal dark sorcerers [...]
I really hate writing scathing reviews. I know the authors work hard on their books. And they've actually successfully published them, which alone deserves a hat tip - it's a tough industry.That being said, this book drove me crazy. There were seeds of some good ideas, an interesting world, and some pretty good fight sequences.So why only two stars? The main character actsall we say erratically? It's actually impossible to explain my problem without spoilers, so read at your own risk.(view spoil [...]
Nathan Garrison’s debut novel is a tale of large-scale war and magic, told largely from the perspective of beings with godlike powers and lifespans. The challenge of this premise is what one might expect, and that is the risk of losing sight of the “common man” element. In this, Garrison both fails and succeeds. Fails, because most of the common people of this story tend to be on the periphery, the mass victims or benefactors of the events. Succeeds, because even the characters we would co [...]
An epic fantasy about the line between justice and revenge, questioning authority, courage in the face of probable failure, family loyalty, the lure of power, and redemption. I skimmed the book, feeling as if I jumped into a series in mid-story. There is complex world-building and character development, with a huge cast of characters and strong weight of history. So many characters are not who they appear, or change during the course of the story.
No lo terminé, en unas pocas páginas me di cuenta que vendieron una idea que no era lo que presenta el libro.No le puedo dar más estrellas, por que si bien las sorpresas existen, esta no me enganchó. Y si alguien piensa que es malo, yo no lo sé, ni quise averiguarlo.
So this popped up in my recommendations. The description sounds good, and damn it's 500+ pages for two bucks, hmmm gonna have to check this out