Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake

May 9th, 2017 Kimberly Review 43 Comments

9th May
Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake
Veiled Magic
by Deborah Blake
Series: Veiled Magic #1
Published by: Penguin
Source: Purchase
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Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Police officer and Witch Donata Santori spends her days interrogating dead witnesses by summoning their spectral forms. Normally the job is little more than taking statements and filing reports. But when she’s called in on the case of a murdered art restorer, she finds herself suddenly in possession of a mystical portrait that both the human and paranormal communities would kill to get their hands on.

Unable to take on the forces hunting her alone, Donata seeks help from two unlikely and attractive allies: a reluctant shape-changer and a half-dragon art forger. But as the three of them hurry to uncover the truth about the powerful painting, Donata realizes that she’s caught in the middle of not one but two wars—one for possession of the painting’s secrets and one for possession of her heart…

Book Series magical SUSPENSE urban

VEILED MAGIC by Deborah Blake released in 2015, and I was waiting for the audiobook release, but when I realized book two was releasing and still no audio, I decided to bite the bullet and read them. I devoured this on a lazy Sunday morning. Blake shared a fabulously paced story, with fantastic world building and a motley crew of characters. Fan of urban fantasy will want to add this series to their bookshelves.

In the world of VEILED MAGIC, Witches are out. They live and work among humans successfully, even if there is some prejudice. Police officer Donata Santori interrogate the recently deceased, mainly victims of foul play to catch their killers. The rest of the paranormal world has not come out to humans and abide by a treaty made with the Catholic Church during the Inquisitions.

Donata is a witch who can summon the dead. She works in the windowless basement of the police department. While most of her fellow officers will grudgingly admit her usefully in solving cases, the whole summoning thing freaks them out.

Our story begins when Donata is called to a crime scene by her commanding officer. A restorer was murdered for a painting, and in a strange twist, she finds herself caught up in a case that could impact both the human and paranormal worlds. When the Witches Council and a secret society both want the painting, she finds herself turning to friends and outsiders for help.

Dragons, witches, a secret society known as the Cabal, and unique paranormal creatures are all part of Blakes world. I loved the twists on shapeshifters and a creature known as a Kobold. The author does an excellent job of sharing the basic hierocracy of the paranormal world, and its role in the present world.  There are five types of paranormal groups and then subspecies. The five major are Witches, Ghouls, Ulfhednar, Dragon and Fae. However, a rumored sixth group and a vexing problem for the Dragons have me drooling for more information.

The world has a paranormal vibe to it, but I like the direction Blake is taking with it. This first novel shared Donata’s perspective and introduced key characters. Blake provided one heck of a suspenseful mystery that allowed the characters to have growth.

Donata finds herself with more than a familiar when a Kobold named Ricky follows her home.  She soon finds herself evading her boss, and seeking help from Peter Casaventi, a half-dragon art forger, her ex-boyfriend, Magnus Torvald,  a smexy alpha shapeshifter and her estranged family. I loved the dynamics, the possible love interests and other secondary characters we met.

Aside from the stellar world building, Blake delivered a kick-ass heroine who isn’t a whiner. (thank you) I loved how this motley crew interacted and the humorous moments Blake provided. Ricky was delightful, and the posturing between Peter and Magnus will leave you grinning.

VEILED MAGIC was an excellent start to the series and the ending hints at things to come. Blake left me reaching for the VEILED MENACE the second book in the Veiled Magic series.

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About Deborah Blake

Deborah Blake

Deborah is the author of eight non-fiction books on modern witchcraft from Llewellyn and the Baba Yaga series from Berkley Romance, including Wickedly Magical (novella), Wickedly Dangerous, and Wickedly Wonderful. Deborah lives in a 120 year old farmhouse in upstate NY with four cats, and runs an artists’ cooperative shop when she’s not writing. She believes in magic, laughter, chocolate, and wine. The order may change depending on the day.

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43 Responses to “Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake”

      • Toni

        Wow! So do you mostly listen now, or still read as well? Are there some that you don’t enjoy the narrator and have to read the book anyway? I’m always afraid I would get distracted. I comprehend better when I’m reading instead of listening to someone read to me, so I’m not sure it would work for me. I don’t have any long commutes in my car either.

        • kimbacaffeinate

          I still read about 150 books per year too. I always have one audio I am listening to and one book I am reading. When I first started I only listened to certain genres, now I listen to them all. In the beginning, I would sit quietly and listen for 20 mins at a time. Now I have wireless headphones and do all my housework, cook etc while listening. A narrator can make or break a book so I try to listen to samples first.

          • Toni

            Good to know! I might give it a try since I can get audiobooks from my library. 🙂