AUTHOR: AMY MCNULTY
SERIES: NEVER VEIL #1
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: FANTASY
In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.
🌸 Okay, to be completely honest I picked up this book because of the cover. I know it’s shallow, but look how gorgeous it is! And there’s a WoC on the front which is pretty damn rare – so points for that. But. I had issues with the premise that put me off reading it. Basically each man and woman are paired up in a destiny sort of way. When the time comes he asks her to ‘be his Goddess’. If she says yes, it’s all hearts and flowers. If she says no, he has to wear a mask forever and neither of them can be with anyone else. I know its a vague criticism but it kinda made me feel like its the how do you know unless you give him a chance, women should be grateful for random men’s attention, it’s her fault for turning him down type of thing.
🗡Anyway… Once I set that aside (and quite a lot is actually dealt with in the text) I really enjoyed this story. The world-building is solid and draws you in and the plot moves along at a fairly decent pace. There’s lots of plot twists and surprises here, and the book is far better than the synopsis implied.
🚺 The only gripe I really had upon finishing the story is Noll herself. The amount of time I wanted to slap that girl! It seems like everything that happens is really her own fault. She never thinks things through, is selfish and acts really spitefully towards her sister.
👹 The story felt like it wrapped up really well and would work brilliantly as a standalone, but if I find a copy of the sequel, I’d probably give it a try.
A copy of this book was provided to me by NetGalley. This had not affected my opinions or review.