I heard about The Veiled Threat via one of the blog tour organisers that I work with – unfortunately the dates of the tour didn’t work for me, but Sophia was kind enough to send me a copy of the book to review anyway & I am so glad she did. This was an exciting story that felt very unique & I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
I was sent this book by the author in return for an honest review.
⚠️ This book contains violence, gore, detailed sex scenes &
slavery/discrimination of a fantasy race (elves) ⚠️
Captain Shea Lara is the current leader of The Veiled Duchess. The most feared pirate ship in all of Neried. And now, after completing her former mentor’s final score, she’s retiring. Everything seems to be coming to an end… Until a mysterious stranger drags her back into the fold with an offer for a score she can’t refuse. All she has to do is kidnap the crowned princess of the northern Queendom, Princess Joana of Arethusa. The prize is just within reach. But sparks fly as the two women collide. And an obscured threat that could upturn Shea’s entire world storms on the horizon. She’ll face it alone unless she can allow herself the support she needs from old and new allies alike.
Something’s coming and Shea is at the centre of it.
I’ve not read a lot of pirate books but I’m fairly certain that The Veiled Threat is up there with some of the best modern, fantasy-fuelled pirate stories in bookshops. I became obsessed with this story & read most of it in one sitting (staying up very late to do so) – I even dressed as an elf for Halloween because of Shea (I left the pirate theme out as I didn’t want to end up drunk-ranting about this incredible book to a bunch of strangers – there’s a picture of my fantastic ears & I on my insta feed over here 👉). I loved this book a lot & wowza, I can’t wait for the sequel.
The Veiled Threat started off as one kind of book & ended as another; there’s a big mix of themes & genres in the book, which made it incredibly unique & very hard to put down. There was the standard pirate theme, with the ship & stealing & lots of sword fighting, but there was also a damsel in distress vibe, which evolved into a feminist (really the whole book is feminist) tale where the princess saves herself. The book also included a masquerade-type event, & I love masquerade themes, & on top of all of that there was also an incredible fantasy world – that has unending amounts of potential – which was full of all your classic mystical creatures. There was also a brothel scene (I love books set in brothels), some LGBT sex scenes, & some humour thrown in for good measure. It was great. Sometimes, books that try to stick too many themes together end up feeling like the author has tried to write multiple stories as one, but The Veiled Threat worked incredibly well & it’s one of my favourite reads of the year.
Shea was a great lead character & I loved how she was neither good nor bad – throughout the book Shea makes a long list of decisions & each one resulted in Shea making a hard choice; some decisions were good, whilst others weren’t just bad, but damn-right cruel too, & each one changed who Shea was. Shea battles with her feelings & emotions constantly in the story, as well as her responsibilities, as do a range of other characters, & it was hard not to become emotionally attached to such a detailed & well-developed character.
The plot itself was long & detailed, with many sub-plots & multiple little stories thrown in along the way. Now that I’ve been reading fantasy for a few years I’m really starting to fall in love with longer books, especially when they aren’t just made up of a simple beginning, middle & end; even though there was one solid story thread throughout the book, the main plot was interrupted, put aside & dropped in favour of something else throughout the entire read. And that’s the kind of story I really like. It makes it feel more real & results in me feeling deeper into the world & it’s plot. There was so many layers to this adventure & knowing there’s even more to come in the rest of the series is very exciting.
I really hope I’ve sold this book to you & one day I want to have a bookish dressing up party & I will definitely be going as Shea the pirate elf. Please join me in my love for this story by using one of the links below:
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