Chaelus, Roan Lord of the House of Malius, is raised from the dead by the hand of a child. His kingdom stolen by the evil dragon, Gorond, Chaelus' sonly hope to reclaim his throne rests with the child knight who saved him, the heretical order to which the child belongs, and the truth about Chaelus which they alone protect.
©2012 Tom Barczak (P)2014 Tom Barczak
This story is sensitively written but full of pathos, adventure and risk. The narrator, Neil Hellegers, never overdoes the narration or voices the lines so that they feel staged, or even recited; rather, you feel as if the voice and the story are one.
I love Barczak's writing. Here he pairs his unique vision and almost poetical gift for description with a plot that shows both to best advantage. He is a father, an architect, an artist and writer, and all of these other skills and experiences enrich his storytelling. The death of Chaelus, Roan Lord of the House of Malius, dies a the beginning of the tale, overcome by the Dragon's Sleep, only to be snatched away from death by the hand of a young boy.Resurrected or redeemed, Chaelus sets out on a quest to divine his own nature. As in all books worth reading, this one makes a point. This point is about faith and trust in an adventure where nothing is as it seems, and the mystery of the Dragon can only be found of Chalus can overcome his fears.
The scene where the boy saves Chaelus is my first favorite scene: it shows that gentility with which Barczak can create a thoroughly harrowing scene, taming us, making us fall in train with his vision right from the outset.
I tried to listen in one sitting, but the book is more than seven hours long. I listened over two days.
Meet your own inner dragon while reading Veil of the Dragon.
I am an author of dark fantasy, including my Ways of the Stygia series.
Prior to listening to Veil of the Dragon; I had already read Veil of the Dragon for the Kindle, so having enjoyed the written kindle edition, I decided to give the audiobook a listen.
This audiobook came alive for me in a way the author's written words could not achieve for me. I began to visualize the Evarun series like never before. I became enthralled as the story unfolded in a series of thoughtful lines, eloquently spoken by the narrator.
Before long, I began to read those lines along with the narrator, and I saw Tom Barczak's genius like never before, and became a fan. I highly recommend this great story made better aloud through the spoken word.
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