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Publisher's Summary

Princess Kelsey Bandar made a terrible, life-altering mistake. Her enemies gave her unspeakable agony in return.

She must forge the iron will to control the weapon her body has become. If she fails, the monsters who tortured her come for humanity.

And horrors worse than she knows wait in the darkness.

If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab Veil of Shadows and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!

©2014 Terry Mixon (P)2015 Terry Mixon

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A Truly Great SF Series

Would you listen to Veil of Shadows again? Why?

I love good science fiction with well developed characters and plot, this series is perfect.

What does Veronica Giguere bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Probably one of the most talented female narrators of our time.

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Great

I really enjoyed Veil of Shadows. Great storyline and a fun listen. Veronica's performance was excellent.

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Simply Stellar

This was a very satisfying sequel. It has it all; action, rich storylines, memorable characters and a damn big falling rock. Terry Mixon draws on his background as both a former service man and NASA consultant to enrich his world with authentic nuance.

In addition, the choice of Veronica Giguere as the narrator was genius. Her talented, skillful and mellifluous voice always makes listening a joy.

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Awesome Scifi, A Great Book 2

This was the second book and the series and just as good as the first. I really like this series and would recommend it to anyone. This book picks up right where the last left off.

In this book, not only do we get to learn more about the Pale Ones and where they came from, but the main characters also face a new threat from within the government of their new allies.

The narrator did just as well as the last book and definitely earned the 5 stars I gave her.

I requested and received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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slower pace than first one

it seemed to be a filler book story moved along but not by much hopefully 3rd is faster paced

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A Truly Great SF Series

If you could sum up Veil of Shadows in three words, what would they be?

Space Opera Fun

Who was your favorite character and why?

The princess, I liked her attitude

Have you listened to any of Veronica Giguere’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Veronica is the voice of our crews once again. In this case of a vast crew, Veronica shines. I love listening to her as she gives me different tones, personalities, and emotions with each character relating to the moment they are in

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Who doesn't love a kick-ass princess?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Veil of Shadows?

The princess learning to come to grips with the changes that have been forced upon her had just the right mix of determination and humor to make the character sympathetic to the listener/reader.

What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

As always, V does a great job voicing the whole cast of characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Where the first book in the series was a good introduction to the world and characters, this was a great launch into the larger picture, with plenty of action, character development, and plot expansion.

Any additional comments?

Now, on to the third title. Yeah, I'm definitely hooked.

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Great Space Opera fun!

I really enjoyed the story. This is just a fun series of books. Fans of a good old fashioned space opera should really enjoy them!

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Another fun book with another couple of twists!

I won't spoil it for you, but this was another fun novel. Looking forward to the third.

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Sequel to a light space opera

“Veil of Shadows” is the second book of “The Empire of Bones Saga” picking up where book one ends. The book is written by Terry Mixon, having real-world military and NASA experience which he brings to this engaging space series. The audiobook, along with the others in the series, is narrated by Veronica Giguere; who is no new comer to the narration scene. If you enjoy action-packed light space opera books, you will enjoy the depth, complexity, and characters the author creates within the series.

The book is intended to be read as a series. Yet, the author does a decent job of wrapping up most of the open story lines. Unlike other serialized books ending at a chapter break, this books could almost be read as a stand-alone story. There are always a few remaining cliff-hangers at the end of the book because the story continues in the next.

Terry is able to intertwine a solid space opera, with a hint of the “Silo” series, and even a bit of romance in a decent sized book covering the vastness of space. He is able to include some scenes of action, emotion, and even humor all at times that make sense. The characters are mostly developed, well-rounded, and consistent with how they were introduced in the first book. The author adds new twists and turns as the series unravels, and this includes some new races and technology not previously discovered.

Although I enjoyed the book overall, portions of it seemed (or at least the characters at times) to be more young adult (YA) in nature than what I remember of the first book. There appears to be more usage of earthly slang, clichés, and a few other forms of speech pulling me out of the storyline. I would have liked to have had the author use more unique phrases or words that would have been other-world centric. Regarding language, it should be noted that there are some occurrences of vulgar language in the book, not overly used, but there; so parental guidance should be used if the book is to be read by a younger individual.

I have to admit the narration by Veronica would not be my first choice for this series even though she has voiced over 15 Sci-Fi/Fantasy books. It is not that she does a bad job narrating, it is more how I visualized the characters based on her voicing of them. For example, the princess comes off more as a whiny twelve-year-old girl and not an older more mature woman. To her credit, I have not listened to other book she has narrated so it is difficult for me to judge her voice only based on this series. All of her currently published works on audible are given 3-5 stars for performance, so it may be more a personal preference on my part. I liked the story enough that I wanted to finish it even though some of the characters bothered me.

I also wanted to note as I did in my review of the first book, this book’s audio contains multiple places where there are audio artifacts not edited out. There are frequent long pauses and sounds of swallowing in the audio version. These are not so bad that one cannot listen to the book, however they are noticeable and I would have expected them to have been edited out prior to production.

Disclaimer: This book was provided to the reviewer by the author, narrator, and/or publisher free of charge in exchange for publishing a non-bias review.