My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Have you ever read a novel that hit a nerve deep inside you? “Veiled”did just that and had me wondering and speculating long after I’d finished reading because it touched on issues I’d often wondered, even vaguely, about.
Supernatural. YA, Inspirational are all genres I’d normally never read, but there was something about the write-ups and blurb that drew me to buy “Veiled”. For anyone shying from inspirational, let me make it clear that the story is far from preachy. On the contrary, it’s full of analogies which both adults and YA can interpret and ponder on as they like.
Did you never wonder where you might have been before you were born? And where you’re going after you die? No, no, I’m not talking about the Bible here – this is something fresh, new and innovative. “Veiled” takes the reader to an area of being (I can’t call it Heaven, and I can’t find another word to use) where the characters are real enough to relate to – they have feelings, relationships, moods, fears and insecurities and mundane names like Tess just like you or me. In fact, they are us.
At the opening of the story, the characters are in their pre-birth phase when they are prepared for life on a brand-new planet (Earth). This preparation includes stints at being Guardians to those already living and breathing. If you’ve ever experienced dejà vu, or thought you’ve met a person before, or that someone’s watching you, you might be right, it might be a Guardian. Good and Evil exist and need to battle it out, but not in the sense I’m familiar with. “Veiled” is, though, far from being outside my sphere because there’s much in it that touches home, such as my firm belief that I have lived before, and the comforting thought that the “clans” who exist in the spirit world might just be the people you’re closest to here on Earth.
This is a work of pure genius and I so envy Ms Niccum’s powerful imagination and her courage at taking on such an epic. Yes, it’s a long read, but never boring; it might be slow reading because there’s much to digest but it’s certainly not out of the range of YA who will appreciate the simplicity of the prose. I continued avidly until the last page but wasn’t disappointed that I’d finished because I have a sneaky feeling there’s going to be a sequel (I’ll buy it) and also because I often dip into it again.
I was impressed by “Veiled” because it’s liberating and provoking. Congratulations to Ms Niccum on an excellent debut novel.
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