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Rectar has always had his sights set on conquering the human lands. His demonic invasion of the west is gaining momentum – an unrelenting horde unhindered by food or sleep. Now, only the undermanned Splintering Isles lie between the demons and the human kingdom of Brevia. If the islands fall, the rest of Tenalp will soon follow. The Three Races must work together if they aRectar has always had his sights set on conquering the human lands. His demonic invasion of the west is gaining momentum – an unrelenting horde unhindered by food or sleep. Now, only the undermanned Splintering Isles lie between the demons and the human kingdom of Brevia. If the islands fall, the rest of Tenalp will soon follow. The Three Races must work together if they are to survive, but they have another problem – Castallan. The traitorous wizard has raised a deadly rebellion and declared himself King of Humans. He believes himself safe in the bowels of his impenetrable Bastion fortress, but Darnuir, now King of Dragons, intends to break those walls at all costs. To face these threats, all dragons, humans and fairies must truly unite; yet old prejudices may undermine Darnuir’s efforts once again. And as the true intentions of all are revealed, so too is a secret that may change the entire world....

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  • Petros Triantafyllou
    2018-10-16 01:01

    Veiled Intentions is a richly imagined, powerful and poignant story, and a stairway that Miller both built and ascended, leaving the land of the good and joining the band of the great. Castallan is stronger than ever. He offers a world where humans are the dominant race, stronger even than the Dragons. Many are inclined to hear his word, to believe him and take part in his revolution. But not Dranuir. The King of Dragons is set to stop the powerful mage, reclaim his home, and then face Rectar, the true threat to the world. But will the other two races help him in his arduous quest, or will they, too, stand in his way?“There is a simple saying among my people: ‘rotten to the roots’. Aborists use it when a tree is beyond saving and should be cut down, burned, its very roots dug away. The poison runs so deep, even the roots must go to give the best chance for new life to grow. As I investigate the history between the Aurishan Dragons and the descendants of Dranus, I am inclined to say it. Rotten to the roots. With humans, it is only marginally better.”Veiled Intentions is an engaging story with functional and vivid imagery that expertly fuses envisaged action scenes, three dimensional and well developed characters, cohesive and engaging narrative, and a well structured and ever-expanding plot. Among the Dragons, Fairies and Golems, Miller uses many archetypes, but he does so in his own unique way, altering and adapting them to the needs of his novel. The combination of expertly used diction and well shifted syntax proves that Miller has grown up as an author, surpassing his former self and constantly developing his skills. All in all, Veiled Intentions is a marvelous story and a book that you should eventually read, and if you haven’t even started the first book, now is the time to do it. Veiled Intentions is due to be published in a mere three days!You can find more of my reviews over at http://BookNest.eu/

  • Melanie
    2018-10-20 23:16

    ARC provided to me by author Michael R. Miller in exchange for an honest review.1.) The Reborn King ★★★★Read the first book in this series, The Reborn King, for free, by subscribing to the author's newsletter: Here!

  • DarkChaplain
    2018-10-12 21:27

    Review also published hereDisclaimer: As stated above, I received a free review copy of the ebook ahead of the official release. I have also ordered the print copies of the first two books on my own, and purchased the audiobook of The Dragon's Blade on Audible, so I was well-willing to open my wallet for it. Either way, keep that in mind while reading the review.The Dragon's Blade: Veiled Intentions is a big step up from its predecessor, which was Michael R. Miller's debut novel. I am very happy to say that, because The Dragon's Blade was a good novel with interesting characters, world building and plenty of promise, marred by a few flaws and bumps. I enjoyed it a good deal, and was hoping to see Miller grow as he gained more experience and feedback. And he did. I don't think my review in January had much to do with it, if anything, due to being so late to the party. Still he managed to address a lot of points I made with his second book, and the entire thing feels like a natural improvement.Veiled Intentions builds on all the points I enjoyed about book one, while getting rid of or decreasing the aspects that worried me before. It felt exciting to read from the first to the last page, which led me to finishing the book today after hours of non-stop reading through the final 20%. Everything ramped up, had a degree of pay-off and more intrigue revealed, and I think that this will turn out to be a trilogy that avoids the weak-midpoint-syndrome you often see. The novel picks right back up where it left off last time. There is little time wasted on reintroducing characters or summing up the state of the war of the alliance of humans, fairies and dragons against Rectar and the Shadow. It catapults you right back into the unfolding plot and mysteries, even though it doesn't focus on battles until quite a ways into the book.Coming right from Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy (I'm currently taking a break from book three to get this one done), I might be overly appreciative of this. I got pretty annoyed with the reiterating of plot points and character arcs, let alone the magic systems, early on into Sanderson's books. Even halfway through there are still bits and pieces here and there that bug me because I remember those things and it takes me out of the moment.The situation here is quite different. While Miller tells us what we need to know and eases the reader back into his world, it never felt on-the-nose to me. I never felt bogged down by summaries of previous events or infodumped. Callbacks feel like a natural part of the unfolding plotlines and character arcs, rather than existing solely for the benefit of the reader. But of course, this also means that you'll have to read book one first and can't jump in midway. To be honest, I never liked that idea anyway, and have consistently urged people not to do that even when it comes to the Horus Heresy series. For me, it is all or nothing.Either way, I was invested in the book right off the bat. The prologue introduces us to new characters and regions of the world, and brings Dukoona, the Spectre general, back into focus. His plotline here is an intriguing one that I enjoyed a great deal, and turns the minions-of-evil tropes on their head nicely. Dukoona actually has become one of my favorite characters in the series so far. As Veiled Intentions keeps pulling back the shroud, my appreciation for the Spectres and their dilemma only grew.But Dukoona is only one of the many characters that grow significantly in depth here. Garon, left-hand man of Cosmo and somewhat of an uncle figure to Darnuir, who is now king of dragons, turns into a man with backbone and integrity and works towards achieving Darnuir's dream of revitalizing the alliance and bridging racial rifts on a smaller scale. Cassandra, recently recaptured by the wizard Castallan, makes moves to take her fate in her own two hands and shows initiative throughout. Even Blaine, the Guardian, who I had a hard time liking in The Dragon's Blade, turns into a relatable, nuanced character full of depth and interest.As somebody who focuses a great deal of attention on characters and their progression, their thoughts and feelings, but also their actions, I think that this book succeeded wholeheartedly. It clears up a lot of motivations and intentions, while making everybody more interesting, relatable and believable. Even the villains, like Castallan, turned into more than just simple antagonists with a lust for power. I believe that Miller has a good grasp on what makes characters tick and interesting to follow, and Veiled Intentions highlights a highly diverse cast of examples who share one common theme: They're all exciting to read about, and many of them have their own secrets.The action, too, is on point. The inevitable assault on the Bastion, Castallan's stronghold, was well-executed and exciting, providing a midpoint climax that provided growth and new conflict in equal measure. Everybody has a part to play as the alliance's bonds are strained and Castallan makes his big plays. The magical showdown here was fantastic, vivid and thrilling. Darnuir's growing dependence on cascade energy, Blaine's wavering light and Brackendon's inner demons all make for intense scenes throughout the book. From fighting against red-eyed enhanced humans over wizard duels to schisms between Spectres and desperate defences, the action sequences are varied, highlighting neat environments and all serve to further character development and intrigue.Besides the thrill of battle, there are many calm, reflective moments. New bonds are forged, some as unlikely as they come, and there are many heartwarming scenes here. I especially liked one between Cassandra and the fairy general Fidelm that involved a pretty white dress and lots of paint.Old mysteries are solved, questions answered, new ones asked. I especially liked how many of the reader's questions get adressed through Ochnic the Kazzek troll and his people in the highlands, far away from Darnuir and the capital of the human kingdom. It serves to flesh out the realm of Tenalp, making it feel like a cohesive world whose inhabitants may be divided but still share history and are fighting for common goals. Things are coming together nicely, especially towards the end when the immediate threats are resolved. Overall, it is a satisfying experience.Stylistically, too, I want to point out some improvements. For one, every chapter, or section, is prefaced with a header that names the point of view character and the location they are currently at. If the perspective shifts, there is another header midway. While it may not seem like a big deal on the outset, it definitely helps the book's structure and giving a sense of movement as armies and characters travel from one place to another. Another thing are the short excerpts from Tiviar's Histories, in-universe books written by a fairy scholar. They've been named and talked about in the first book, as Cassandra discusses them with Brackendon for example, but here we get snippets that help to reinforce the world's cohesiveness further and offer hints relating to the unfolding events. I tend to love little tidbits like these in books, and this is no exception. It simply adds another layer of depth from a non-present perspective in a non-intrusive way and helps the reader piece things together.There are still some minor nitpicks, of course. The occassional typo was still in my review e-copy, for example, but those occurances were rarer than in the previous book, and never really bothered me. In the end the book succeeded everywhere I hoped it would and felt more consistent than its predecessor. I don't remember any chapter that made me struggle, or any character I didn't feel invested in in some capacity. There are many pleasant surprises here, believeable conflict, both external and internal, and a very promising set up for the final book in the trilogy. I could gush for quite a bit longer than this, but chances are, I'd need to spoil a few cool things, so I'll just recommend that you read it for yourselves.Instead of bumps in the road I found a great adventure that hopefully paves the way to a successful writing career for Michael R. Miller. Here's hoping book three will be out sooner rather than later, and live up to this spectacular second installment!

  • Drew
    2018-09-26 21:13

    My review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...For those wondering at the shortness of the review it is taken from my weekly blog feature 200 Words or Less - where I write short and snappy reviews in 200 words or less. :)4.5 stars.I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.Veiled Intentions sees Miller thrusting us straight back in to his story, setting, world and characters with vigorous aplomb.Veiled Intentions as a name fits perfectly, some obscure, others hidden and throughout the course of the book we get to see the veil being lifted. As we learn more about the characters, watching them grow, we get to see their true intentions unfolding, not everyone is who they seem and the difference between good and bad is often a murky line to tread.It's an action-packed read and I mean lots of action but with the action also comes the calm moments of rumination. The scope and scale is expanded with the introduction of both new characters and new settings, making the scale even grander and while Miller does use some standard fantasy models, he adds his own individual spin to them and also has plenty of his own unique ideas.Veiled Intentions will delight fans of The Reborn King, making you remember everything you enjoyed about Miller's work while simultaneously improving on each aspect.For readers who haven't read Miller's writing, he writes 'fast paced fantasy at it's finest' and is a fantasy author fully deserving of your attention.

  • Trevor Sherman
    2018-09-30 20:13

    My Review is up (and has been for a while) on my blog https://thebloggoblin.com/2017/02/14/...

  • Amanda
    2018-09-23 20:24

    ** I was sent this book In exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my review of the book ! ** I also have a video review : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zO4WG...This is the second book in The Dragon's Blade series and the books starts off exactly where the last book ended. Darnuir is in the midst of war against the demons with help from the faerie and human armies. This book is told in multiple POV from characters that are in different parts of the land. Because of this there are a lot of moving pieces in the story but we are also able to get different perspectives on what is happening in the war. As I mentioned in my review of the first book In the series, something that I really liked about this book is the magic system. It seemed realistic whilst still being magical. Magic is not a bottomless pit of power, it's more like poison. It effects the wielder after every use preventing them from drawing too much power at any one time. I also appreciated the use of strong female characters!Overall I really enjoyed this book! Looking forward to what happens next.

  • Michael Miller
    2018-10-01 23:29

    Ah the difficult second book. More like the horrendously difficult second-half of the second book - no one warns you about that! This trilogy is tightly knitted in its time frame. It's the Lord of the Rings model, so really one giant story broken into three. I knew where to begin the series. I knew where to end it. That bit in the middle though.... They say that good writing can only come from adversity, and this book was certainly more of a challenge than the first. In part, I believe this was the case because I was growing and learning. I tried to push myself further, dig deeper, edit more critically. I think it was all worth it. If I can build and improve this much with every book, I'll be a very happy author :)

  • Anindita,at A Bohemian Mind at Work
    2018-10-13 00:18

    Full review: http://bohomind.com/veiled-intentions...Veiled Intensions, the second book in The Dragon's Blade series by Michael R. Miller starts where The Reborn King had left us.However, this book follows a slightly different style and presentation. The POVs move more frequently, giving us a good picture of overall plot progress. The backstory broadens, and the spectral Lord Dukoona becomes my favorite character in the series.Cassandra is still not someone I have the slightest sympathy or empathy for, but she grows to become more useful. You never know, I might even like her by the time the series concludes.I love the way the characters integral to the plot grow throughout the series. The hidden agendas (hence the veiled intentions, hee hee) are revealed as we get more information on each race and events that have taken place before.Garon shines. Blaine becomes more and more likable. The focus of Veiled Intentions is on the Human King and the baddie wizard declaring himself a Human King, as is on the personal stories of characters we met in The Reborn King.Mr. Miller uses predictability as a weapon in this well-crafted story. His writing style with details on emotions as much as war planned and well-executed plot, ever developing characters and their significant aspects of nature contributing to the progress of the story are evidence of a new star in the field of epic fantasy. You can guess what's going to happen but you can't stop reading.Thank you, Mr. Miller, for not creating another 'middle book crisis' and giving us something we needed before the concluding part.The Reborn King remains my favorite of the series, probably because it was the introduction to the wonderful world of Millerian fantasy blending his own uniqueness with the classic fantasy. Still, I enjoyed Veiled intentions.I offer a 3.5 Bohostars, struggling with a severe craving for the third book in the trilogy.Wondering how beautiful and surprising that book cover will be.I am happy that I could read the two books back to back, especially a debut series because we are going to have high expectations from this author. What are you waiting for, folks, go grab a copy and start before the third one is out.The Dragon's Blade series is a perfect read for lovers of epic fantasy, high fantasy, multiple races including demons, and the classic good vs evil.

  • Crazy4Books
    2018-09-28 02:05

    Ive heard this is even better then the first. Im really hoping I get to review this one also. After getting attached to the characters Im almost certain Ill enjoy this more than the first, especially since Im more in the mood for this type of fantasy.

  • J.P. Ashman
    2018-10-05 20:23

    A complex, political fantasy full of battles, betrayals and interesting races.Following on from the first book, our Dragon King is in full swing, but struggling with his new role in various ways. Magic can be a biatch!Races ally and yet bicker, fight together and against one another. With more politics and intrigue than the first, answered questions lead to more mystery in this well developed world.Magic, monsters and mayhem flow well, but I do find some of the characters far more enjoyable than others - personal taste, methinks. For me, it's the 'little people' in this story that steal the show. Powerful beings are not infallible and have many problems of their own, but it's those around them - the normal fighters and folk - who endure the war and keep on going, and keep on being there for their 'betters'.I'd say this sequel is as strong as the debut (which is always a worry when I start a series) and leaves me wanting to know what happens next as lines are drawn under some big events, only to reveal more mischief on the horizon for our 'goodies' and 'baddies' (it's pretty grey on the old moral scale in there, to be fair).If you enjoyed the first, you're bound to enjoy this true epic. I listened to this on Audible, as I did with the first, and whilst it took me - again - a while to get used to the narrator, it's not a bad narration and the story is certainly strong enough to keep this a solid 4* book!Enjoy!

  • Swords & Spectres
    2018-10-02 23:25

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.4.5 out of 5 on my blog (www.swordsandspectres.wordpress.com), rounded up to 5 on Goodreads.In my audiobook review of The Reborn King, my main negative was the total lack of depth to the demonic horde. In Veiled Intentions, Michael has addressed that negative wonderfully. The demonic horde has been fleshed out, we now know far more about them than we did before and, the pleasant surprise of demonic sub-plots has been added. So not only do we have more depth, but we have demonic perspective as well. Veiled intentions was, for me, a great read. Michael has a very strong writing style well suited to fantasy. He is an author that I would say is very easy and enjoyable to read. One I hope to read again in the future.One negative for me in this piece was a bit of an info-dump moment. One character has been taken by their enemy and is having dinner with them. They then proceed to tell said character secrets that probably shouldn’t be divulged. It just seemed like a ‘what the???’ moment and one that left me scratching my head as to why it happened. I also felt as though the halfway point kind of felt like a mini-ending. For that reason, I struggled to get back into the second half of the book straight away. It just already felt like a big powerful moment had happened and kind of made me feel like the book was two short books put into one volume. When I got back into the flow of reading it, I was hooked again.Michael expands on all aspects of his world in veiled Intentions, from dragons, to fairies to frost trolls. Every race has an interest factor that keeps the reader pushing on. I also couldn’t quite choose what factions were my favourite. The novel is laced with pretty epic scenes that stick in the memory and, not only epic scenes, but epic moments. The simple growth of characters as they band together for instance. Certain races intermingling was done very well and, as a reader, you could tell the author had put a lot of work into the past and present of each race. It’s also nice to see a book where the characters bad habits/traits are written as well as their good qualities.The one thing that impressed me the most, and it’s kind of just going over what I have already said, is the depth of characters. Not just the main ones, but across the board. They all feel like a lot of work has gone into making them feel like real, relatable people.I look forward to reading the final instalment of the trilogy, especially seeing as how Michael has set it up so well with the end of this book.

  • Peter
    2018-10-06 20:29

    This is a marvelous novel! It is a perfect continuation of a novel that I claimed was perfectly executed, this is no exception. We learn more about the world, more lore and history...and secrets. The characters develop really well 10/10 from me! A full review will be on my blog very soon

  • Michael
    2018-10-10 01:22

    In this, the 2nd book of Michael Miller's The Dragon's Blade trilogy, you can almost feel the author's confidence growing with each chapter. I will say now that I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first, The Dragon's Blade-The Reborn King. I have no gripes to speak of where this book is concerned, but if I had to say anything negative it would only be that some things don't translate to Kindle the way we would like, maps and chapter headings in this case. Be assured though, this detracts nothing from the story.Darnuir, the reborn Dragon-king, continues his quest to try to unite the three races; Dragons, Fairies and Humans against the threat of the dread lord, Rectar, and his demon hosts. Darnuir's praetorian guards are his closest allies, though the guardian, Blaine is also there to help guide his path. (Though Blaine follows the Gods and Danruir does not). Darnuir also has his link with the 'Cascade,' (magical power channelled through the dragon's blade) to assist him in his trials, but at a cost. Drawing upon this power is highly addictive and Darnuir is in danger of being broken, much as the Arch-magi, Brakendon once was.Speaking of Brakendon, he is offered the gift of a new and very powerful staff, cut from the great and ancient tree of the Faries. He is offered it to help him defeat his opposite number, Castallan, the greatest of the Magi. Will he succumb to the will of the Cascade for the second time? Is everything as it appears with Castallan's intentions for humanity? I like the way that the plot thickens with each passing chapter, with little snippets of information adding to the depth of the storytelling. Darnuir and his past self. Blaine and his terrible secrets. Dukooner, the lord of the Spectres and his intentions for his race's well-being. King Arkus and his guarded secrets. Cassandra and her fight to be free of the bonds placed upon her by others. There is plenty to get your teeth into with these books, a little something for everyone to enjoy.I strongly recommend that people read this series of books. Michael Miller has gone straight into my top 10 of all-time favourite authors. I'm intrigued to see how he goes about wrapping this tale up in only one more volume. I trust he will do it well, though.Definitely, a writer to watch closely from now on. Watch out all you established authors, Michael Miller is hot on your heels in my opinion!

  • Kristen
    2018-10-13 00:05

    There's a bigger, prettier version of this review here, on my blog. One of the things that I loved the most about the first book in this series was a character introduced near the end. His name is Ochnic, and he’s a frost troll.He’s a frost troll that sounds sort of…. ehhh we’ll go with Rastafarian. Imagine that for a sec….. Seriously. Go on. Have a good think about it. I’ll wait.………I know, right?! It’s pretty great. Pretty fucking great. Even when he’s being serious or sad or otherwise, he’s a wonderful light among the greater darkness of the events of the rest of the book, just by being himself. Go Ochnic go! ❤Anyway, Ochnic is back with everyone else from book one to continue the adventures of dragons who are humanoid (because reasons), fairies who are blue (because they just are), and humans who are… rather woefully human, actually (but hey, they’re fighting to prove that they aren’t weak!).We see things from several points of view in this one, both protagonists and antagonists (and a little in between as well, actually), and I enjoyed that. I liked Garon’s POV a lot, not only because it was the one in which Ochnic featured, but also because Garon is just a likable character for me. Brackendon’s POV was usually full of magical shenanigans, with a little bit of romance in it (and Kymethra is another character that I really like). We get to know characters a lot better, overall. Castallan and his side of the story and the reason for his crusade come into light a bit more in this volume, and we see more of Dukoona’s situation with his Trusted spectres. Finally, Darnuir’s worsening addiction to the Cascade magic is becoming more apparent as well, not to mention his previous life’s memories are still coming back to him and turning him into his prior self… a typically prejudiced and assholish dragon. That’s happening less and less, but the need for magic is growing and growing. More of the big picture is revealed through all these points of view (as are many of the Veiled Intentions) and I thought that it was rather well put together in that regard.The ending was truly satisfying in a way in some of the points of view, but actually rather devastating in others. I don’t want to give away too much, but suffice to say that one character in particular has their fate left hanging (but not in too cliffhangery a way) and I really hope that they make it. Because I really, really like that character.All told, I thought this one was really well thought out and well executed. The story was well paced and didn’t drag along. There was usually something exciting happening, and it was hard to put down once I got started on a good reading session. I started caring about characters that I didn’t really get a chance to know too well in book one, and I’m more hopeful for the continued survival of others. I’m excited to find out where this adventure goes!

  • Liz
    2018-10-22 21:11

    Plot:Veiled Intentions stays on course by following the natural course of events after The Reborn King. Dranuir seems to be a better version of himself after been given a second chance and he fully backs the belief that only by leaving the old grievances in between the Three Races behind, they will be successful in defeating Rectar. The Shadow that lingers over the world with the threat of demons.The title of the book is an accurate one, as every leader’s motivations and true intentions emerge. Most attitudes are driven by past events (some as old as hunderds of years), some driven by hunger for power, some driven by wanting to see a different future. Even though Darnuir, The Dragon King is really the most powerful and highest in terms of hierarchy in terms of the Three Races, simply ordering people- human, dragon or fairy- around with a vision for a united front, isn’t something that automatically guarantees peace, loyalty or long term willingness to exist side by side. The Three Races may share an enemy, but some leaders choose to believe that this need to unite forces is only temporary, rather than something which could bridge a new future and a way of life for all involved.As you can see, I’m being pretty vague in terms of revealing any specific plot events, and there are quite a number of big moments throughout this book. With plenty of political intrigue, relationship dynamics and battle scenes, Veiled Intentions delivers a strong waterproof plot. Being quite honest though, personally, I felt the story was dragging at times. Was it the many POVs in those various locations with those differing endgames that all needed a conclusion which made my reading experience a bit more laborious than I would have liked? I don’t know. That being said- all that happened in the book, needed to happen so it’s likely that my impatience got the better of me.Characters:With quite a lot of chesspieces on board fighting the dark forces in differing locations, Miller manages to bring the whole picture together through the POVs of all of the main players (Darnuir, Blaine, Garon, Dukoona, Cassandra, Brackendon). Veiled Intentions is very much a book of hardships from start to finish; and even though it seems the obstacles will just never end for the characters, the strong vision, hope and a ‘never give up’ kind of attitude has been built into each and every one of them, which really helps the reader to live into the story and experience the highs and lows as they come thick and fast.Writing:Miller doesn’t leave anything to chance or open for debate. Every dialogue, scene and description is written with a purpose. Every emotion was delivered on beautifully, so I could feel the joys, the defeats, the hurts. And this is something I always respect with good writing- the power to get me invested in all the feels.Because there is a whole lot of battle scenes in this book I need to mention that while they very well written (succinct, not confusing, always with a clear outcome), I did feel, towards the end of the book, that I was as tired of fighting as were our characters in the book. Not sure if author intended for this exact effect, but it felt fitting for me to become bogged down, bruised and battered by the battles.Overall:For some reason, I didn’t love Veiled Intentions as much as I enjoyed The Reborn King. However, with a great number of twists and all the veiled intentions now revealed, I trust the next book will be a stunning addition and ending to the trilogy. And that ending… Book #3 will just be epic, I think! Yes, the constant battle wore on my morale and made me a tired soldier, indeed, yet I still enjoyed the adventure and I look forward to catching up with some of my favorite characters again. 4 stars.

  • David Baird
    2018-10-09 21:23

    After the events of the first book we know war is coming but there’s so much more to this book than just one big fight.The three races are plagued by trust issues. The Dragon’s still see themselves above humans, especially since Castallan has manged to turn a large number of humans to his cause but they must come together if they stand any chance of beating back the demons.It’s a battle of wills fought on a number of fronts, Darnuir has a clear plan and it’s not what you might think.. the negative effect magic has on him makes him dependent on it so he flies wildly about looking for any excuse to draw his blade and the magic it contains. I loved this negative side effect to magic, it shows it’s not something to be messed with..you need to know how to manage it..and Darnir just can’t cope without it now.Blaine is back and he has his own internal demons to deal with as well as the physical demons sent by Rectar. He was still a mystery after the first book but this one brings some much needed depth to the character.The most interesting development is the continued friction between the demons and the spectres..You should remember from the first book the leader of the spectres knows his master has a plan..and this plan doesn’t require him or his kind. What I really love about this series is good and bad aren’t so clear cut. Magic always seems so cool and fun..not in this book, it’s poison! The spectres who control the demons hordes are only doing what they are forced to do.. some just want to live, they tire of war. Darnir even though he’s fighting ultimately for the good of the three races has motivations that aren’t so just, he craves the magic and this drives him on at times.The three races split their forces up to best fight the demons and this allowed the story to stay fresh as we moved from fight to fight.Character development is always high on my list of wants and this book has tones. Some characters from the previous book take a step as others new and old get their time to shine but it all worked for me.This is what fantasy should be, swords and magic, fairies and dragons. This book builds nicely on the first book and sets up the final book perfectly. The next book will have a lot to live up to.Some secrets are revealed but you can tell the author has more to give to make the final installment an explosive one.This is epic fantasy which I love but what gave it the wow factor for me is that things aren’t black and white. There are hidden depths to a lot of the characters and this meant I never knew what to expect next.My thanks go to the author for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I hope many of you will agree with my take on things.

  • James (ObservantRaven)
    2018-10-12 02:14

    Veiled Intentions is the highly anticipated sequel of The Reborn King. When I read and reviewed The Reborn King last year I thoroughly enjoyed it and sung its praises.When I got the opportunity to read Veiled Intentions I quickly jumped at the opportunity to do so due to how much I liked The Reborn King and before I delve into my review all I will say is that this book certainly does not disappoint.Veiled Intentions picks right up where The Reborn King left of. I really like it when authors pick up a story right where the previous book finished almost as if you are resuming from a natural point. That's not to say that I don't like it when authors do a time jump or pick up shortly because sometimes I find depending on an authors style of writing, skill or the pacing of the book this can be with variant levels of success. Personally though I think no matter what we Michael R Miller choose to do this he would he do it brilliantly.Veiled Intentions takes the writing, story, world and characters, and makes the all better in so many ways. Not only do we learn more about the characters we read about in The Reborn King but the author has now included some new POV's and I think these were a breath of fresh air to the book as it allows us to learn more about the world as a whole and gives us a better understanding of everyone's feelings towards whats happening. I'm not gonna tell you the names of the new POV's characters as I think that will spoil some of the fun of reading this book but one of the them has certainly become a firm favorite of mine.With new characters being introduced that opens us up to a whole part of the world that we had never explored before and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these uncharted areas and give me the opportunity to learn more about the world and its inhabitants as well as see how the war was effecting the wider world. This helped bring a whole new aspect to the world building and this made just love the world it encompassed so much more.I felt overall the flow of the story and the pacing was done very well but I do admit there were a few occasions where I felt the story was progressing a bit slower than I would have liked it to and others where I thought they progressed to quickly. Thankfully these where rare occurrences and overall I think the author did the flow and pacing of the book very well.I was extremely excited to start reading Veiled Intentions but also a bit worried as sometimes sequels don't always live up to the quality of the first book or to your own hype but I was glad to see that Veiled Intentions lived up to my expectations and more. If you are a fan of fantasy and you haven't yet either of Michael R. Miller's books then I would highly recommend you do so.

  • Brittany Davidson
    2018-10-04 18:08

    I have been allowed to read this book early for an honest review. I believe this second installment has gone even further and improved an already good series with new revelations and depending the struggle on both sides, yet it gives a ray of hope through it all, and makes you hope that things between races will end up where everyone can live peacefully and work together.

  • Alaina Meserole
    2018-09-30 00:00

    Okay so Veiled Intentions, written by Michael Miller, is a continuation of where The Reborn King left off. Rectar still has his sights set on conquering the human lands. The Three Races are still working together so that they can survive but they still have a problem to fix: Castallan. Oh man, is this guy an evil wizard. He has raised a deadly rebellion and declared himself King of Humans (because I mean what else do villains do with their spare time?). Now while this all happening, and for some odd reason, I'm thinking of the latest King Arthur move (the legend of the sword? --I think that's what it was called) and I have no idea why. I guess it was because Jude Law's character (Vortigern) is basically your typical evil uncle and he kills his wife, his brothers wife, and tries to kill his brother and nephew. Now his character has dark magic and he wants to keep his magic and become super powerful and can only be defeated by his nephew (kind of like Hercules too, I guess?!?). So this book basically made me think of a lot of movies haha.Sorry for going off-topic...now back to this book. Let me start off with it was amazing!! It does have a different writing style (which I'm not mad about at all) because the POV's do change a lot more than the first book provided. It gave more backstory as well and the character developments were really good. Blaine became even more likeable and I definitely fell in love with Lord Dukoona's character. I guess the only character I would like to get better would be Cassandra but that is if there will be another book. I have no idea if there is going to be another book or if it will stay a duology. I'd love another book in this series just because it is so good!! I don't know how I'll go on with my life if this series is over :(

  • Kaitlin
    2018-10-21 22:02

    This is the second book in this series and it's a series I am really coming to enjoy and anticipate becuase it blends the epic fantasy and classic fantasy tropes so well. I definitely feel like this book continued the story of Dalinar and the other Dragons in a solid way, and I have a feeling book #3 will be epic once more too.Dalinar s the king of the Dragons and he's been reborn i a time of strife. There are evil wizards who seem to have rebelled onto a dark path and Dalinar and his Dragons need to unite the Fey and Humans of the world to try and counter the magics and mayhem that Rectar and his Demons have planned. What I enjoy about this story is that although there are a lot of characters and plenty of big epic moments, we still get to see the more intimate and wonderful moments between some of our characters. This means we get to see emotion and love, lust and hurt...even betrayal and secrets. All of these moments come together to form a truly exciting story in a very classic fantasy world. Michael R. Miller continues to write some of the best Self-published fantasy I have yet to read and I throughly enjoy and recommend this series. It's a great fantasy romp and a story I am eagerly anticipating the finale for, as I know it will be extreme :) 4*s

  • Monroe White
    2018-10-04 23:29

    A excellent sequel. It was fast paced I couldn't put it down. I received this as an early release and was not disappointed. I look forward to the next installment.

  • Annemieke / A Dance with Books
    2018-10-02 00:15

    3,5 stars Veiled Intentions is the sequel to The Reborn King. This second book starts us right of where The Reborn King left us. And some of the previously veiled intentions certainly were unveiled in this book.I felt that the start was a bit slow despite starting right off where the second book left us. There were some new point of views added to the story, and it felt a bit too many. I still wonder if maybe we could have done with at least one point of view less. Regardless some of the other point of views like Garan’s were a great addition. I enjoyed reading his point of views.I think why I felt the start was slow was also because while I enjoyed Garan’s point of view he broke up the speed of the other stories at moments. His story line was the slowest and not that much happened action wise. Still he made progress in relationships. Perhaps progress Darnuir wishes he made.Darnuir continues to try and align the three races in a more permanent way but doesn’t realize he needs to put in a bit more effort than randomly extending his hand and asking people to join him. It doesn’t work like that. People will not so easily turn their back on the rest of their race (as it would feel like to them) for some reborn dragon. His naivety in that regard is frustrating but also endearing to a point.I like how he isn’t perfect. He makes his mistakes and a weakness is clearly showing as it did for his counterpart Blaine. I thought that especially was interesting to see and certainly added something more to his character. Another thing I enjoyed in this book is how the female dragon next to Darnuir can speak her mind to him about the things he does. She is careful. He doesn’t squash her like you would often see. There is a begrudging respect there and I love seeing it. Other tropes like forced marriage and step mothers all got their own little twists which is always a good thing to see.In this book we follow a certain direction, goal, but that did not take the whole book. It wasn’t drawn out. It happened and after that they were left to deal with some of the repercussions. Politics play a bigger role in this book now that Darnuir is stepping up more. And the second half of the book is a clear set up for the last book.The whole book is not even 400 pages and there were moments I wished maybe we would have more. Most adult fantasy books are quite a bit bigger. And while the world building doesn’t necessarily suffer the ‘shortness’ of this book, I sometimes wished we would get more of an idea of how living in some of these placed would be. For people not like our main characters. We did get a feel for that in the first book for that specific place at the start. And I wish we would get more of the specters. I do think the author has a great writing style that could easily pull of a 800 page book without it getting boring.

  • kartik narayanan
    2018-09-28 23:26

    This is a much better book than the first. The pacing is fast and it never gets boring. There are some unexpected twists and turns which set up the series for a great conclusion. This time around, characters other than Dranuir get prominence. As a result, the series feels richer.

  • JUDITH DICKINSON
    2018-09-21 21:13

    This is the second book in a planned three part story and I was sent it by the author, in exchange for an honest review. I read and really enjoyed the first book, 'The Reborn King', and looked forward to following the central characters on the next leg of their saga. I found it quite easy to slip back into their world, already knowing them well. However, this book can be read as a stand alone, with the characters developing as you read. Rectar is setting his sites on extending his empire, his demons being readied to to conquer human lands. The only way to, hopefully, stop him is for the humans, fairies and dragons to work together. They must defend the Splintering Isles, the only fragile land between Rectar and the humans. Darnuir, King of Dragons, faces another challenge. The traitorous wizard, Castallen, has declared himself King of Humans and feels safe in the depths of the impenetrable Bastion fortress. Who can Darnuir trust? There are traitors even among the most trusted. Can the three races work together to stop Rectar and destroy Castallan? Or will old prejudices come between them.A sweeping story, with many twists and turns. So many challenges to overcome, and not just with the sworn enemies. I had to remind myself at times that these were not all humans, despite their strengths and insecurities, successes and failures making them recognisable as our equals. Lose yourself in their epic struggles. Feel what they are feeling. Become one with them. Enjoy. A great read, I eagerly await the final chapter.

  • Amanda Greathouse
    2018-09-29 19:20

    Great second book!Great second book, continuing right where the first one left off. I'll be interested to see the third book and how the author will bring everything back together! I love the story around Darnuir and his hardships with becoming the king. I also enjoyed how there is so much more to the story without giving to much away. Also I like the underlying tone of just how far people will go to take care of their own. Anyhow looking forward to the next book!

  • Amanda Mooney
    2018-10-02 02:22

    Dragons of a different ilkThis was a great book. This book felt like the author learned some things to help the reader with who the chapter is about and current location... to help those that read and have to put the book down.I liked the story, character developments, and the balance of describing the scenes with the right amount of detail.

  • Walter720
    2018-10-12 00:08

    Excellent read , bring on the third and final book in the series

  • SM
    2018-10-13 18:08

    This is the second book in the series that I have read, and it is just as captivating as the first one! The story of this epic world, told from the perspective of a dragon, continues in the second book. I was not disappointed at all! The conflict that the first book led to happens, but it is more than just a book of fighting. There is character development, multiple storylines, conflict and turmoil away from the battle field, and the plot grows and becomes more complex and nuanced. I love the changing character perspectives.As with the first book, the narrator made everything come alive. It is easy to distinguish one character from another, and there is so much emotion behind the narration. I am looking forward to the next book. I reserve my five stars for best of the best books like classics or ones I want to re-read over and over. This one is a solid 4.5, though.I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review. The free copy did not influence my review in any way.

  • Amanda Jones
    2018-09-28 21:04

    It gets betterThe storyline definitely evolves in book 2 and keeps getting better. Reading the entries from Tiviar helps you piece everything together and answers questions you may have had in book 1. I'm looking forward to reading book 3.

  • Cheryl Riczo
    2018-09-27 00:03

    AwesomeGood read. Moves quickly and constantly surprising. Engaging characters and unpredictable storyline. Can't wait for the next book to be available.