Beyond a Veiled Reflection

Anachronistic Dimensions, Book Two (Volume 2)

Romance - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
291 Pages
Reviewed on 09/12/2018
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Beyond a Veiled Reflection: Anachronistic Dimensions, Book Two by Christine Church continues the story of Meirah and Dane, two people who found love in the most unlikely way and now their love is being threatened once more. The novel opens in a very strong manner and starts the story with a bang. I was sucked in and wanted to read on from the get go, and wanted to find out what happened to Dane and Meirah. Although I have not read the first novel in the series, I was instantly hooked and invested in the characters and wanted to learn more.

Meirah and Dane are married. They love each other dearly, but that love does not mean that being married is easy. Loving each other is easy, understanding each other is easy, but when they find that communicating with each other is difficult, it takes a massive toll on their relationship. Dane’s nightmares and Meirah’s persistence for Dane to share make them fall apart. While this is happening, an old enemy is rising from the ashes and, this time, the enemy is far more dangerous than what they expect. He has diabolical plans for the two of them and he will stop at nothing until he has what he wants. What can Meirah and Dane do? Will their love survive? Will they survive?

The story was intense and smartly written. While the pace of the story was fast, the author never rushed anything and gave the story time to evolve. The characters were given time to mature and understand what was happening around them, which almost made them human to me. Dane is such a strong yet fragile character and Meirah is such a wholesome female lead. Together, they created a perfect pair that took the story to new heights. This is definitely one of the best and most entertaining fantasy romances I have read this year!

Grant Leishman

Beyond a Veiled Reflection (Anachronistic Dimensions Book 2) by Christine Church takes us on a journey into a different dimension. Famous rock star Dane and his beautiful wife, Meirah, are from two totally different worlds and yet their love has transcended time, incarnations and differing dimensions. After Dane and Meirah were first finally united in the dimension of Mikaire, life as husband and wife on Earth has been wonderful. But, danger lurks in the form of someone they thought was long gone and destroyed. Meirah’s former betrothed, Kaeplan, is still alive and still planning to have Meirah as his queen and bride in his newly created dimension of Almareyah. It is the drinking of Dane’s blood that can give Kaeplan unlimited wizardly powers to change time, to change dimensions and to ensure Meirah’s obedience and subservience to him. Dane and Meirah are in a race against time to defeat Kaeplan before he succeeds in his evil intent.

Although Beyond a Veiled Reflection (Anachronistic Dimensions Book 2) is the second book in this series, it stands alone and you definitely do not have to read the first story to enjoy the second. Author Christine Church does a superb job of dropping in relevant information to allow you to understand how the characters ended up where they are. A cross between science fiction and fantasy, this story captured my imagination from the very beginning. I found the idea of an eternal love that crosses time, lives, and dimensions immensely appealing and in this author’s skilled hands it's an excellent and satisfying story. The three main characters were all sharply drawn almost to the point of caricature; the self-indulgent, slightly destructive rock star; the evil and heartless wizard; and, of course, the beautiful woman who would not let go of a love that had spanned generations and dimensions. Yet, the author still managed to skilfully weave a wonderful story full of excitement, action, and heart-felt romance. The litmus test for any story in a series is “would I read the next instalment?” In the case of this book, the answer is a resounding YES! This is a great read and one I highly recommend to fans of the genre.

K.J. Simmill

Meirah was trying, she had studied Scottish culture, those who spoke with accents closest to her own alternative dimension dialect. She had adapted, evolved, all in the name of her love for Dane. But he was conflicted; he loved her, but he loved the new peace he was being granted when intoxicated, the closest to heaven he could imagine being. Peace, women, and sex. He had his vices, brought about by his rock star life, but Meirah too had a weakness she couldn't shake. Where Dane stood, she wished it had been her knight, Sir Kori, a previous incarnation of her lover, and her current state of mind was making the call of human blood almost impossible to ignore. A reflection in the water warns of the return of a danger thought past, and a betrayal leaves Meirah more vulnerable than ever. Will she come to her senses and see the truth, or will her recent heartbreak leave her open to manipulation?

Beyond a Veiled Reflection is the second book in Christine Church's Anachronistic Dimensions urban fantasy series. With clearly labelled alternating perspectives from the main characters, Meirah, Dane, Kaeplan and Caitlyn, it is easy to get insight into their personalities, thinking, and motivations. Nothing is certain, and danger and depravity are paramount. Betrayal, heartache, manipulation, and dangerous revelations will keep you turning the pages of this unique novel. While vampirism is central, the author introduces an alternative mythos which I have only seen a handful of times, and it has been well implemented with some unique interesting alterations. A good read, with some brutal physical and emotional scenes.