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  • What Lies Beyond the Veil

  • The Of Flesh & Bone Series, Book 1
  • By: Harper L. Woods
  • Narrated by: Ava Lucas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • 3.7 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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What Lies Beyond the Veil

By: Harper L. Woods
Narrated by: Ava Lucas
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Once, we’d worshipped them as Gods.

For nearly 400 years, the Veil has protected us from the Fae of Alfheimr. In their absence, our lives have shifted from decadence and sin to survival and virtue under the guidance of the New Gods. I’ve spent my entire life tending to the gardens next to the boundary between our worlds, drawn to the shimmering magic like a moth to the flame.

Then, we died on their swords.

All of that changes the day the Veil shatters, unleashing the fae upon our world once again. The magic of faerie marks those of us they mean to take, but the Mist Guard protecting Nothrek will kill us all before they let the fae have us. There’s no choice but to flee everything I’ve ever known, not if I want to live to see my twenty-first birthday as a free woman.

Now, they’ll claim what’s theirs.

But before they capture me, Caelum saves me from the Wild Hunt. Fae-marked and on the run, he is able to fight back in ways I only dream of. From tentative alliance to all-consuming passion, our bond strengthens as the fae close in and evil lurks ever nearer. With my life on the line, he is everything I shouldn’t dare to want and a distraction I can’t afford. I can’t seem to stay away, not even with something greater on the line.

My heart.

©2022 Harper L. Woods & Adelaide Forrest (P)2022 Blackstone Publishing

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Entertaining and light

This was nearly a three as it was slow in some places and predictable AF 🙄 It really only got interesting in the last few chapters. I'm interested enough to continue the series. I liked the overall world building but some of the dialogue was a bit cringe

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It’s not too bad

I was hoping this series would be a my new obsession, however it didn’t happen that way. I can see where the author was going with this, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. The narrator did a lovely job and would definitely listen to narrations by them again.

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DNF

Couldn't finish it, I wasn't a fan on how the MC was written and the plot seemed a bit cliche

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Did not finish

I prefer some plot with my smut. There could have been a good story here, but it was lost amongst poorly written sex scenes and cringeworthy dirty talk.

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The voice acting by Ava is absolutely enthralling.

Ava’s narration is enthralling and engaging. She brings life to the story and characters. The story is well written and entertaining. 10/10 for performance

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Didn’t live up to the hype.

This book didn’t live up to its hype for me. While I am a lover of romance in a fantasy, the plot has to have just as much importance. Asterella and Caellum’s relationship frustrated me because from the beginning you could tell where it was going and you could see she really had no choice in the matter. He wanted her to choose him, to make a choice but it was always when, not if; indicating that really there was no choice at all. It was narcissism at its finest and whilst yes I am sure there is more explanation to his character in the later books, I am not sure I want to hear it.

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Hard to sit through.

If your sensitive to abusive relationships do not waste your money. The narration is the only part that was decent. If your here for the smut there are better titles here.

I'd recommend anything from the author Grace Draven if you like slow burns. From her in particular the 'Fallen empire' series, The master of Crows and Radiance. These are all really good titles in my opinion.

And if you want unapologetic smut with a monster kink listen to 'The dragons bride' by Katee Robert. This book is the first of three.

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Loved

The narrators in this are amazing, my favourite audiobook to date, instantly downloaded the next one

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Epic adventure

I Loved the book, it was original and captivating. well written and could not put it down.

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Sounded promising

Started out promising .. a fairly unique storyline that captured my interest. I like my books with a bit of steam but once it started, the steam overtook any story or plot and I started losing interest. I even found myself skipping ahead in spots, hoping to recapture the magic of the plot. The story did pick up again towards the end but I am undecided if I will continue the series. Narration was fabulous!

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  • Mother Of Cats
  • 25-10-2022

A YA book for YA audiences

When I read reviews and i see “if you like — or — the. This book is for you!” I usually stay clear and don’t waste a credit. If a story is exactly like other stories, then I already know the “strong independent” lead will be annoying, is young, and is super angry all the time. The special Not Like Other Girls type. For whatever reason I bought this book and I made it to almost half when I realized that it’s familiar. Oh yah! I’ve read a million books JUST LIKE this book before. And I hated them. Authors really need to stop writing women like preteen girls going after a man thousands of years older than them. We can have an experienced women who is worldly and still get the same outcome?? So I don’t know why I’m constantly being lied to about these “strong women”. Also, can we please redefine the word “spicy”? If something is SPICY, I expect to read SEX. Not high school drama of “I love him I hate him”. That’s not spicy, that’s irritating. This is a PG 13 book intended for teens. Stop lying.

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  • JessicaCreel
  • 04-07-2022

Original but annoying

I did not love this book. The production was absolutely phenomenal, but Astraya is an idiot. She is selfish from the getgo and throughout, and I find her hard to relate with. "How dare everyone think I am just pretty!?!" Give me a break. And her relationship with Kiram is so annoying. "Oh I hate him, but I need to have him. Oh I'm jealous, but I want him to leave me alone." And then the dialogue with him and her inner dialog are both puke. To top it off, he directly asks her if she wants the (very obvious) truth, and she straight out says no. And then she is dEvASta..staTED when she finally learns it. Estraya isn't strong, she isn't independent, and she isn't likeable. And Kiram is just gross and possessive.

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  • Kiya
  • 14-10-2022

No No No

Really harmeful tropes, felt like the entire part I read was filler episode, I stopped at chapter 16/38 because I couldn't stomach the Male Love interest calling the MC female "Little one"

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  • Rachyl Carr
  • 29-08-2022

Ehhhh 😒

I kept reading because I wanted to know how it ends. I stopped reading because the cringe was just way too much. The cringe to curiosity level was off and I stopped about half way through. Has great potential and if you can overlook the cringe then it’s a decent book. I however could not make it 😭

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  • Victoria
  • 27-09-2022

Blood and Ash combined with ACOTAR

I knew going into this that it was going to be very vulgar, was warned from previous reviews, but I didn’t think that it was going to be as vulgar as it was. I love a steamy scene as much as the next girl, but the over-usage of the word “fu*k”, “pus*y” and “co*k” had me fast forwarding through some scenes.

*some unanswered spoilers*

Given that, the story line was very interesting. It had a good development in the beginning, a good foundation with an interesting villain off the start. But once Caelum came into the picture, the story line because rushed and derailed. There were a lot of unexplained parts of the story that were very important that were overlooked. For example, why Estrella’s brother was so adamant about her not going to the Fae. Did her family know that she was on her last reincarnation life? Also, the development of the relationship between Caelum and Estrella also seemed very rushed and forced. It had me sitting back at times and saying oh, well this doesn’t seem that realistic.

The performance of this audio book was excellent. Ava Lucas brought a wide arrange of husky sounding people that paired perfectly with the storyline. Her adaptation of Caelum’s voice was perfect and still left Estrella’s feminine.

I would actually recommend the book to someone who is looking for another series like B&A and ACOTAR. But know going into this that similarity between the worlds of Blood and Ash and ACOTAR, even ToG, was startling. I will be reading the second, and third, to see if these questions are answered and if the story is developed more.

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  • Isabella Roza
  • 26-01-2023

Just horrible

Don’t waist a credit in this if you have any self dignity. It’s just horrible. I think this is a male writer honestly the trash in this book is a way a narcissist gaslighting control freak is supposed to be the main character. The girl starts strong then quickly becomes a quivering child who says things no woman would to make his character look like this alpha man. This has to be a male writer.

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  • Doug
  • 17-11-2022

Unconvincing

I'm not one to dislike a book or characters based on harmful tropes, quite the opposite, those red flags are usually green for me. Give me toxic and controlling anyday. But the way Kylem is written is just annoying. Possessive in an annoying way, not sexy. Both MC's come across very shallow and one dimensional. The spicey scenes are just bland. I managed to finish this title but I'm not going to continue the series. Shame because the first part of the book before the love interest was introduced really grabbed my attention.

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  • Kimbrey
  • 05-05-2023

lost the plot

Not as good as the first. repeated “stressful” situations and the character growth is back tracked and it’s confusing the direction the journey takes… over all not as good and might not read the last one if it’s not free here

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  • Monica
  • 10-02-2023

TRIGGER WARNING - P3D0 VIBES

The narration was good, no hate to Ava Lucas. But WHY would Harper think that having the MLI call the MC "little one" even during intimate scenes is beyond me. It was SO GROSS to listen to and I honestly don't understand how anyone can move past that.

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  • VegasTwilightMom
  • 24-01-2023

Don’t waste your time

This was an awful book. I thought it was going to be so great and it just wasn’t. How she wanted not to be owned to letting herself get owned by a guy she only knew for a short time. The control factor was just way to much and the characters were awful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-2023

Boring and lots of red flags

Towards I just couldn’t stand reading anymore, absolutely disgusting and basically rape forcing the MC to do things she isn’t comfortable with.

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  • Dani C
  • 20-12-2023

Predictable and uncomfortable at times.

Im a fan of ACOTR and Blood & Ash series so was delighted when this was in the plus catalogue. However in all honestly, had I used a credit on this i would probably have returned it!
The story starts strong but quickly slows to a snail pace with not a lot happening for more than half the book. The characters are unlikeable, particularly the leading male who is actually rather abusive to the point the sex scenes are uncomfortable to listen to. The twist is so predictable that I started getting frustrated at the main

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-10-2023

predictable

I can see this being a nice light read. But God that mmc is horrid with his words.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-2023

Idea was promising, execution poor

The book has some great ideas at its foundation, and the author clearly did some research into fairy lore. However, the plot was bland and the characters two-dimensional. I really didn’t like the male main character, there was no complexities to his character and no development. Spicy bits were also a bit on-the-nose and I found myself cringing at some of the “spicy” dialogue. The performance also felt a bit wooden, although the narrator didn’t have a lot to play with.

Overall, this book has all the hallmarks of a classic spicy fantasy romance, but none of the substance. It’s not for me.

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  • Emma
  • 30-09-2023

Ugh, I really wanted to like this book

The story is interesting and the main characters relationship seemed promising at the start, but the controlling, gaslighting and insufferable behaviour from the MMC, dubious consent and creepy condescending pet name for the FMC completely sapped my enjoyment.

I love a steamy book but the MMCs behaviour and cringeworthy demands the FMC refer to him as her god while he manipulated her into carrying out sex acts she only seemed sort of into ruined all the sex scenes for me.

I won’t be continuing with the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-2023

it's not for you if.. (may contain spoilers)

you don't want to know more than the fmc.
you want strong independent woman.
don't want to feel smarter than the fmc.


okay, i liked the story but after reading the coven this felt like an opposite fmc and where i liked that story of the coven jumped right in, this just keeps building and circling back way to many times.

within 10 minutes of the second storyline (after beginning background building etc). i already knew what was eventually revealed at the very last moments of the book.

i don't like it when the reader is more knowing then the fmc because you don't get blown away by plottwists, you what's coming and it makes me want to scream at the fmc for not seeing what is to obviously.

the fmc keeps relying on the mmc even when she keeps talking about how she doesn't want that.

She is been groomed by a person but sometimes it feels like the mmc is not that different. even when she aknowledges this, she still falls for it..

narriting the fmc or woman was good. but everytime it switched to a male character it felt really robotic.

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  • Poppy Hyland
  • 14-09-2022

We don’t like it when men tell us what to do

I enjoyed the first 20% but the the rest of the story was pretty must the same. I also really didn’t like the male lead character he was so possessive and creepy early on and always telling the main lead who said she wanted to be independent what to do and she would just take it (I will spoil it if I carry on)

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  • Leighann
  • 17-02-2024

Interesting read

I wasn’t sure whether I would like this story at the start…it seemed to be a bit confusing, and the MMC is up and down with being lovable and unlikable…the story overall was a good one though, I will be continuing with the series.

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  • Tee
  • 16-02-2024

Amazinnggg!!!!!

Urghhh this book was everythinngggg!!! So happy I have the next one to read and listen to!!!!

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  • Best choice I’ve ever made
  • 08-02-2024

It was predictable in the good way

I liked how in the whole book you have the real story of the Gods. The book is a start to something good. I liked it.

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