Veiled Intensions, the second book in The Dragon’s Blade series by Michael R. Miller starts where The Reborn King had left us.
However, this book follows a slightly different style and presentation. The POVs move more frequently, giving us a good picture of overall plot progress. The backstory broadens, and the spectral Lord Dukoona becomes my favorite character in the series.
Cassandra is still not someone I have the slightest sympathy or empathy for, but she grows to become more useful. You never know, I might even like her by the time the series concludes.
I love the way the characters integral to the plot grow throughout the series. The hidden agendas (hence the veiled intentions, hee hee) are revealed as we get more information on each race and events that have taken place before.
Garon shines. Blaine becomes more and more likable. The focus of Veiled Intentions is on the Human King and the baddie wizard declaring himself a Human King, as is on the personal stories of characters we met in The Reborn King.
Mr. Miller uses predictability as a weapon in this well-crafted story. His writing style with details on emotions as much as war planned and well-executed plot, ever developing characters and their significant aspects of nature contributing to the progress of the story are evidence of a new star in the field of epic fantasy. You can guess what’s going to happen but you can’t stop reading.
Thank you, Mr. Miller, for not creating another ‘middle book crisis’ and giving us something we needed before the concluding part. Oh, and a bigger thank you for the free ARC.
The Reborn King remains my favorite of the series, probably because it was the introduction to the wonderful world of Millerian fantasy blending his own uniqueness with the classic fantasy. Still, I enjoyed Veiled intentions.
I offer a 3.5 Bohostars, struggling with a severe craving for the third book in the trilogy.
Wondering how beautiful and surprising that book cover will be.
I am happy that I could read the two books back to back, especially a debut series because we are going to have high expectations from this author. What are you waiting for, folks, go grab a copy and start before the third one is out.
The Dragon’s Blade series is a perfect read for lovers of epic fantasy, high fantasy, multiple races including demons, and the classic good vs evil.
Read my review for The Reborn King (The Dragon’s Blade #1)
Michael is a young Scot living in London and getting stuck into writing his first epic fantasy series, The Dragon’s Blade. Book 1, The Reborn King, made the top 20 books in Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off 2016. The second in the trilogy, Veiled Intentions, releases in February 2017. Michael is ‘that guy’ who enjoys discussing the mad fan theories of Game of Thrones even more than the books or show, and knows more about World of Warcraft than is probably healthy.
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