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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“Evil wakes. An ancient foe, defeated but not destroyed…and now returned to finish what it began millennia ago. But this time, instead of a single world, the entire galaxy will be the battlefield. None will be safe…and, if we should fail, none will survive.” Veil of Darkness (a novel of the Chalas Peruvas series) by T.C. Metivier is a deft combination of sci-fi and fantasy. The Federation of Worlds has reigned supreme over the galaxy for hundreds of years, but the separatist Coalition is getting stronger, spearheaded by an ancient enemy, with more planets joining the group, threatening the Federation’s ruling.
The story is told from different characters’ points of view, all leading to one imminent event - war. The concept is excellently developed in the plot. The political turmoils between the Federation and Coalition are engaging, fundamentally not quite different from the real world’s political issues today. There are several protagonists, and Metivier has handled the characterization very well. I find all of them, even the sub-characters, are easy to connect with. Roger Warbanks is a man with no past and desperately searching for it. His pain is understandable, but initially this character was not easily likable. Admiral Drogni Ortega is the epitome of a great soldier, but almost consumed by darkness due to his own rage.
The world building is well-defined, with different planets and species engulfed in a war that involves ancient power that can overwhelm the tech weapons. The plot is not fast paced, but well-structured and intriguing with enough action and suspense to satisfy readers. It’s not just about a galactic war between powerful groups, but derived from ethical judgment that readers can easily relate to; peace and prosperity always come with a price. Overall, I enjoyed this engaging blend of sci-fi and fantasy tale, and look forward to Book 2.