Book: Veiled Intentions (The Dragon’s Blade 2) by Michael R. Miller
Release Date: February 10th 2017
Rating: 3,5 out of 5 stars
Other books in this series I reviewed
The Reborn King
Possible spoilers for the previous books in the series
I recieved this review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rectar has always had his sights set on conquering the human lands. His demonic invasion of the west is gaining momentum – an unrelenting horde unhindered by food or sleep. Now, only the undermanned Splintering Isles lie between the demons and the human kingdom of Brevia. If the islands fall, the rest of Tenalp will soon follow.
The Three Races must work together if they are to survive, but they have another problem – Castallan. The traitorous wizard has raised a deadly rebellion and declared himself King of Humans. He believes himself safe in the bowels of his impenetrable Bastion fortress, but Darnuir, now King of Dragons, intends to break those walls at all costs.
To face these threats, all dragons, humans and fairies must truly unite; yet old prejudices may undermine Darnuir’s efforts once again. And as the true intentions of all are revealed, so too is a secret that may change the entire world.
Veiled Intentions is the sequel to The Reborn King. This second book starts us right of where The Reborn King left us. And some of the previously veiled intentions certainly were unveiled in this book.
I felt that the start was a bit slow despite starting right off where the second book left us. There were some new point of views added to the story, and it felt a bit too many. I still wonder if maybe we could have done with at least one point of view less. Regardless some of the other point of views like Garan’s were a great addition. I enjoyed reading his point of views.
I think why I felt the start was slow was also because while I enjoyed Garan’s point of view he broke up the speed of the other stories at moments. His story line was the slowest and not that much happened action wise. Still he made progress in relationships. Perhaps progress Darnuir wishes he made.
Darnuir continues to try and align the three races in a more permanent way but doesn’t realize he needs to put in a bit more effort than randomly extending his hand and asking people to join him. It doesn’t work like that. People will not so easily turn their back on the rest of their race (as it would feel like to them) for some reborn dragon. His naivety in that regard is frustrating but also endearing to a point.
I like how he isn’t perfect. He makes his mistakes and a weakness is clearly showing as it did for his counterpart Blaine. I thought that especially was interesting to see and certainly added something more to his character. Another thing I enjoyed in this book is how the female dragon next to Darnuir can speak her mind to him about the things he does. She is careful. He doesn’t squash her like you would often see. There is a begrudging respect there and I love seeing it. Other tropes like forced marriage and step mothers all got their own little twists which is always a good thing to see.
In this book we follow a certain direction, goal, but that did not take the whole book. It wasn’t drawn out. It happened and after that they were left to deal with some of the repercussions. Politics play a bigger role in this book now that Darnuir is stepping up more. And the second half of the book is a clear set up for the last book.
The whole book is not even 400 pages and there were moments I wished maybe we would have more. Most adult fantasy books are quite a bit bigger. And while the world building doesn’t necessarily suffer the ‘shortness’ of this book, I sometimes wished we would get more of an idea of how living in some of these placed would be. For people not like our main characters. We did get a feel for that in the first book for that specific place at the start. And I wish we would get more of the specters. I do think the author has a great writing style that could easily pull of a 800 page book without it getting boring.