Beyond the Veil by Pippa DaCosta
Series: Veil #1
Published by Indie
Published on: February 5, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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If your ex is the Prince of Greed, you’d better be ready to raise Hell.
Charlie Henderson is living a lie. Her real name is Muse, she's half demon, and her attempt at a normal life is about to go up in smoke.
When an assassin walks into her life, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake, Muse must return to the one man she hoped never to see again and ask for help. The Prince of Greed isn’t known for his charity. The price is high, and the cost could tear her apart.
Trapped between the malevolent intentions of a Prince of Hell and an assassin with ulterior motives, Muse must embrace the lure of chaos at her core—the demon inside her—in order to survive.
(Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Quarter-Finalist Top 100 in Genre.)
I’ve been aware of author Pippa DaCosta for awhile now, especially since her books are all over the place. For some reason, I only just now read my first book by her and yes, you could say I am kicking myself! Urban fantasy with a side of paranormal romance? Yes, please!
Charlie Henderson, aka Muse, is a half demon, half human metal worker/blacksmith. As in swords, and the like. She has been living as a full human for five years now. When a non-human male comes into her life, she pretty much loses everything. So Muse ends up going back to her former guardian. He is one of the seven princes of hell, and needless to say, is a full demon by the name of Akil. Akil’s human form is the perfect male specimen, but it’s all a facade. Muse has her own demon inside and is able to call her to come out. She feeds on energy, as in if she gets mad, she can take out the electricity of an entire city. Akil is charming, but of course, has an agenda when it comes to Muse. Muse hurt him when she left him five years previously, and he still loves her in the only way a full demon can. The other main character is Stefan. He isn’t exactly human either. His background is full of spoilers so I am not going to go into it. A peripheral character that ended up an interesting one for me was Nica, Akil’s administrative assistant. She’s human, but very feisty and ultimately very involved in the story.
This was one of those books that starts out with action and instead of slowing down, the book continues to have a lot of action and/or suspense. I really enjoy that type of read so this was a good thing for me. It’s also a book that keeps you guessing throughout the read in order to know who the good guys are, or aren’t. Betrayals and lies are also prevalent throughout. The world building was handled well, I thought, and I enjoyed this author’s view of a world where demons walk among humans. And humans know about them as well, but prefer to forget about it-for the most part anyway. Humans do not know about the Veil and how close it is to their world. It’s where the demons choose to live for the most part. It’s not where Muse has any intention of going back to if she can help it!
There is a bit of a love triangle before it’s over and while I am not a big fan, it didn’t bother me as much as some do. However, my one problem with this read was how wishy-washy Muse is at times about the two men-sleeping with both in a weeks times wasn’t exactly where I thought this was going. It’s not erotica and that’s a plus for me. It’s also not happening off the page either-and I don’t have a problem with that.
I recommend this to adult urban fantasy readers as well as paranormal romance readers that enjoy a lot of action and suspense. I have already bought book two-plus two more in another series by this author. That’s how much I enjoyed myself with this one. Good Read!