I hope I can do this book justice in my review. Science Fiction can be hit or miss for me, but this is more of a young adult fantasy, and because I had read some of Evans other works, I knew that I liked her writing, and so I wanted to give this a chance, and I’m so glad I did. Just a note here, look at this cover, it is absolutely stunning! Here’s my review:
Brynna has fled her home to escape an unwanted marriage at a young age. Wanting what’s best for her city, she trains and becomes the Veil, protecting the people of the city from corruption and more. While people don’t know the woman behind the mask, they know of her good works, and they appreciate her helping out the city. But with the death of her father and then brother, Brynna needs to step up to become the queen the city needs, and it’s not a role she really wants.
We have some excellent characters, some we don’t entirely trust and some we want to see more of.
As Brynna’s character evolved, I grew to really like her. She’s strong, assertive, and funny and makes for a perfect leading lady. As far as her head guard Felix, I have mixed emotions about it. I think because he tends to leave out some truths from Brynna, I don’t entirely trust him even though it seems he honestly does care for her and wants to protect her. Sometimes he’s too overbearing and Brynna handles that well, especially after years of having her freedom.
Her desire to protect the city is commendable, and it speaks of her strength. That’s another reason I think Felix is too much sometimes because she’s proven that she can handle herself time and again, though it doesn’t always hurt to have backup.
Kat makes for a good character too, and besides a few secrets that she wasn’t ready to share, I think she’s going to be great for Brynna in the long haul. She knows what she’s talking about and makes for a great advisor.
While sometimes Brynna heeds the advice of Felix and Kat, she tends to be singularly focused, intent on taking down Beswick, the man who has everyone in the city in his pockets. People are afraid of him, they are living in poverty because of him, and the council members make deals with him to keep the city running. Brynna’s focus to take him down might just get in the way of her other responsibilities.
Evans is a fantastic writer, and she’s created a superb storyline in The City of Veils. Forcadel and the surrounding areas are creatively imagined, even down to the layout and shops, you get a vivid picture of the world that Brynna lives in. Her attitude shines through in her dealings, and I think it will help her in the long run. I cannot wait to get my hands on more of the Princess Vigilante series, very well done.