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Book Review – Veil of Reality by Amy DuBoff

Series: Cadicle, #2
Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 204
Published: June 28, 2015 by BDL Press
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The greatest deceptions are never suspected. After twenty years with the Tararian Selective Service, Cris Sietinen is in the unprecedented position of being both Lead Agent and heir to a High Dynasty. Family, career, information—it would seem he has it all. But when his fourteen-year-old son, Wil, is captured by the mysterious Bakzen, Cris is forced to question all that he once took for granted in his life. Only one thing remains clear: it’s imperative he rescue Wil. What Cris and Wil learn in the process will change their perception forever.

Veil of Reality is the second installment in the Cadicle series. This fast-paced adventure novel with intrigue, danger and self-discovery begins to untie the knot of secrets binding the TSS, High Dynasties and the Priesthood.

Is it possible to change destiny? The Cadicle series follows three generations of the pivotal Sietinen Dynasty as each learns their part in an elaborately orchestrated galactic conflict. Torn by politics, love and war, the Cadicle and those he holds most dear must choose between duty and morality as the true nature of their purpose unfolds. Through their roles as Agents in the Tararian Selective Service, they will be on the front lines of space battles, but the political skirmishes they must face on Tararia could prove just as dangerous. The Cadicle holds the key to winning both, but at what cost?


The Veil of Reality is the second book of the Cadicle series, but it could also be read without having to read its first book (though I don’t recommend such).  There’s no denying that I wasn’t really impressed with its first book, the Architects of Destiny, but this one totally hook me up!

The focus of this book moved from Chris to his fourteen year old son Wil, who’s going to be the future of humanity. Yeah right? This book was so fast which I bet it’s way faster than to jump drive (lol). Though I admit I wasn’t that impressed on how it’s too fast pace on its previous book, this one didn’t annoy me at all. And I love love love the addition of action, kidnapping, revenge, betrayal, sabotage and adventure in this story. Sounds like a one-stop shop eh? I even had this guessing game on who’s the traitor, but dang! How many times do they have to proved to me that I don’t have that investigative skill eh?

One loop hole (for me) that I found in the story that I didn’t like at all (which mainly explains why I only given this story a 4-star rating) was when Wil was captured by Bakzen and they didn’t even bother on checking whether he’s armed or not right? I mean, total Idiocracy with the capital I for the Bakzens eh? Oh well, maybe they are? And also, I hate hate hate the part where Chris and Will are talking and then ended up arguing which happens most of the time. I mean, huh?? (I just find it a bit annoying)

For the characters, Chris’ was so far improved and I love his transition from being a young “too independent” lad to a matured father and husband to Kate. And Kate? Well, I don’t really have any complaints about her character even from the first book. Also, I was impressed on Wil’s character, and the way he deal to his “already planned” destiny.

Just like its predecessor, this book is just a short read and could be finish in just one sitting. So far, all words and terms used we’re so easy to understand, so it’s going to be a day off to your ever reliable dictionary (wink). This book totally proves that you shouldn’t judge the series by its first book.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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