Beneath the Veil

The Valor of Valhalla, Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
282 Pages
Reviewed on 04/28/2022
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Author Biography

I have been enamored with horror writing since I first picked up Winter Moon by Dean Koontz at the age of ten-quite the upgrade from Goosebumps, back then. The horror genre has transformed since I was a boy through the works of many authors who have blended horror into fantasy and science fiction, which makes me connect to newer works even more than all but a few of the classics.

Stories were my first love and during rare moments of quiet my mind turns toward those I've watched, read, and lived. They bring to mind possibilities, which are really where the seeds of a story begin. I truly hope to bring creative tales to readers who, like me, enjoy finding themselves lost somewhere in a world of endless possibilities.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Beneath the Veil is the first novel in The Valor of Valhalla series by Martin Kearns. A bridge collapsed and David Dolan was plunged into the depths of the Hudson River. His unconscious body was taken to the hospital where he remained in a coma. His girlfriend and mother were baffled and hit with the possibility that David might never wake up again. Little did they know, David wasn’t dead. At least not yet. David was stuck in between. He embarked on a journey that would change his life forever, that is if David could get back into his body because it was destroyed by demons. But getting back into his body wasn’t easy. He had to traverse treacherous paths where he would face the strangest of creatures and horrors he never knew existed. Would David succeed? Or would chaos win both in the real world and in the other?

Mythology is my jam, and I look for novels with mythological themes. Beneath the Veil had everything I love in a novel. It had Norse mythology, religious heroes, supernatural elements that were actually believable, and a hero who grabbed my attention from the very first line. Author Martin Kearns did extensive research in Norse mythology, and I could tell that at first glance. The narrative was almost playful at times. It teased readers and made them believe they had figured everything out before surprising them with another twist. The author kept the suspense alive both in the real world and with David. Kearns allowed readers to feel like a part of the story and kept the narrative interesting until the end with the final scene between David and the angels. I wouldn’t be surprised if this series becomes the central plot for a movie or a TV series.

LB Martez

I loved this book and the writer's use of mythology. The story was easy to get into from the start and has some truly scary scenes. It's not too gory, but more like a 'what's around that next corner' kind of scary.

It leaves off on a bit of a sad note so I am looking forward to the second one!