by Deborah Blake
Series: Veiled Magic #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
In this exciting novel in the Veiled Magic series, Witch and police officer Donata Santori travels to Maine to help solve a deadly mystery, where her magical abilities are tested like never before.
Still reeling from her unwitting involvement in murder and subsequent break up with a half-Dragon art forger, Witch-cop Donata Santori is grateful for the distraction when her ex-lover requests her help. Not only are Magnus's beloved dead suddenly haunting the Ulfhednar shapechangers in his tiny rural hometown in Maine, their patron god Odin has turned his back on them, and the members of their once tight-knit enclave are at each other's throats. Literally.
Magnus is relying on Donata's experience in dealing with the gods, along with her magical ability to summon the dead, to help him unravel this mystery in time to save his clan. Donata only hopes to survive the ordeal so she can return home to the city and her quiet job at the precinct.
But first, she must discover who or what is behind the terrible attacks on the Ulfhednar. And the clock is ticking, in more ways than one...
Veiled Enchantments by Deborah Blake is the third novel in the urban fantasy series Veiled Magic. Character growth, a surprising twist and a mystery surrounding a haunting in Magnus’s Ulfhednar shapechangers community had me devouring this in a single lazy afternoon.
Donata Santori is a witch-cop who can speak to the dead. In the Veiled Magic series, she uses her ability to communicate with murder victims and find out who killed them. Donata has some unique gifts, and in the previous two books, she has handled some pretty intense mysteries that fall outside the perimeter of her job but affect humans and supernaturals alike.
I struggled a little with the second book, in part because she was juggling three possible suitors. I was excited to see Donata has grown from those experiences and is much more confident about who she is without losing her snarky, kickass attitude.
Magnus, a previous lover whom she has never really taken seriously as a mate, comes to her for help. It seems the God Odin has abandoned his Ulfhednar shapechangers community and that ghosts are appearing without speaking before those facing the ULF trials. He asks her to come and speak to the dead and clear up the situation. His community is set in rural Maine, and it was fascinating learning more about these shapeshifters and their ways. It was interesting seeing the communities reaction to Danata, and it added both humor and conflict. I adored Magnus’s mother and loved the creative ways she eased Donata’s way.
I have always loved the chemistry and easiness between Magnus and Donata. You can see they genuinely care for one another and are friends first. They rekindle their passion, but Donata sees a clear end date. A few twists including a fake engagement complicate things, and I enjoyed the ride.
The mystery was an interesting one that was hampered by the Ulfhednar’s reluctance to speak to Donata, magic and more. Blake provided plenty of twists. The tricks she had Donata use were clever. I found myself fascinated by this community, their traditions, and the trials. The author did a great job of giving us their history while building the suspense and suspect list. While I had my list of suspects and foreshadowing lead the way, Blake added a few surprises.
Of course, Donata has a way of finding trouble, and it follows her to Maine. Se had to deal with the council, a friend of Anton Eastman and problems with her spells. Good times! Veiled Enchantments wrapped up threads and had enough closure that it left me wondering if we will see more of Donata and the Veiled Magic series. I hope so.Veiled Enchantments by Deborah Blake, the third novel in the urban fantasy series Veiled Magic brought a clever mystery, character growth, and plot twists. #NewRelease Click To Tweet
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