Adelma is out of action
The Varanguards are suspended
And Longinus is going on a blind date
Things are taking a turn for the disturbing in Damsport.
Rory and Longinus have their hands full. Adelma is in a bad way, and it will take a lot of work to bring her back to herself.
On top of which, Longinus has to prepare for a blind date. The premium matchmaking service he joined assures him that she’s his soulmate. The pressure in selecting the right outfit is, therefore, immense.
Distracted and occupied, it takes Rory and Longinus a while to realise that a number of worrying changes are slowly happening in Damsport. On top of which the Marchioness refuses to see anyone, and Lady Martha is nowhere to be found.
What is happening in the Mansion? And who or what is behind the odd changes taking place in the city?
Rory and Longinus are about to face some challenging times—and not just because Longinus is determined to make avocado shirts the next hot fashion item.
Review of The Veiled War
The Veiled War is the penultimate book in the Viper and the Urchin series. Penultimate is such a big word. And fitting because The Veiled War is a big part of the story.
While Viper Longinus and Urchin Rory are the characters that hold the series together, this is really an ensemble story. Adelma, Cruikshank, Rafe and even the kids, Pip, Alice and Tommy all have critical roles in The Veiled War.
The title refers to the subtle, underhanded way that Damsport’s enemies are attacking the country. But the veil will be lifted in a blatant and horrible way when the children of the Rookery are rounded up for ‘education’.
I am drawn to this series because of the wonderful characters. Adelma would lend her strength to any of her friends in a heartbeat, whether she is sober or not. Cruikshank is the conscience of the group, which has her ruefully regretting her invention of the certain weapons. Pip, Alice and Tommy, using their street smarts, do their best to ‘educate’ the people that rounded them up.
Longinus has an unequaled sense of fashion and can make anything look fabulous. And in this story, Longinus is looking for love (in all the wrong places).
Then there is Rafe. In The Shadow Palace, we saw a darker side of Rafe, and in this book, that less that perfect side returns. I didn’t like Rafe in this book. Rafe’s one redeeming quality is that he makes Rory see the best in herself. In my eyes, Rafe has a long way to go to become a hero.
Rory has always been a heroine. Whether it is her astute observations, her connections, or her unwavering support for her friends, Rory is the shining light in these stories. I loved the scene where she takes Rafe to task and then, later, does the same to someone else on behalf of Rafe.
There is definitely a cliffhanger ending in The Veiled War. The final book in the series, The Rising Rooks, is due to be released in early January. I have no doubt I will be as eager to read that book as I will be sad to see the series end.
Thanks to the author who provided a copy of her book in exchange for my honest review.
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