In this thrilling conclusion to the Unraveling the Veil series, tensions mount and war looms.
After saving the changeling queen from a savage death, a second sworn oath sends Naj, Alue, and Talin to the mine where the first disappearances set the wheels of anarchy in motion. But it’s not the renders of Kalann il Drakk, the First of Chaos, who confront them in the blackness of the collapsed tunnels. It’s another foe, no less deadly.
When brutality strikes in the stone cells of the Authority, accusations and blame splinter trust. Once again, the fragile threads of loyalty that once bound the companions together on an impossible mission fray. The alliance finally breaks.
Naj, a goblin mage and traitor, returns to Jad’ra, determined to defend his home. With nothing to lose, Talin retreats to the changelings’ jungle to find his queen a stranger and his city on the verge of burning. Alue journeys to the Riverlands on a hopeless quest to enlist the aid of the elfin king.
All the while, the First of Chaos gloats. For only as allies will his three adversaries prevail. Above the hall of the First, his brethren, the Veil vanishes before the truth. The hordes of chaos descend on the known land, and the final battle begins.
Book Review – Lords of Chaos, Book 3, Unraveling the Veil
Author, D. Wallace Peach, calls this the ‘thrilling conclusion’ to the Unraveling the Veil series, and she does not lie – thrills abound! I was on the edge of my chair throughout the entire read. The plot twists, twists again, and tangents off in directions I never saw coming. This is the mark of a truly great author.
Our three heroes sink to the very depths of despair at their plight – friendships fracture and trust is shattered – only to claw their way back, in order to face the ultimate evil; the First of Chaos himself, Kalann il Drakk.
What could have been a simple Hero VS Bad Guy showdown turns into a philosophical examination of what is ‘evil’ – or moreover, what is ‘chaos’, and what makes races both unique, and ultimately, the same. Peach tosses out some fascinating, thought-provoking issues, that have left me pondering about our own social structures here on earth. For example, take a look at this quote:
“The blessings of Wisdom were relegated to rheumy-eyed sages, when, in truth, discernment lay at the fingertips of all. Of their own accord, the masses had created the “other” as the key to defining themselves, as a means for justifying bias, avarice, and death.”– Lords of Chaos – Unraveling the Veil, Book 3 – D. Wallace Peach
Deep stuff. There are few fiction writers who can provoke such thought within the confines of a fantasy adventure series.
The end is satisfying, though filled with plenty of gut-wrenching moments, and Peach has left the door open for more stories in this now altered world, should she choose to do so. I’m sure there are many fans – like me – who’d eagerly read what might be in store for the ‘races’ of this world, now that their eyes are more fully opened, and their horizon is indeed a different vista.
A wonderful conclusion to a deeply profound series, Lords of Chaos finished Unraveling the Veil in a spectacular fashion, and elevated this series from great to epic.
D. Wallace Peach – Author Bio
D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two dogs, bats, owls, and the occasional family of coyotes.
Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8