Reviews of The Veil of Years

The sequel to The Sacred Pool [BKL D 15 00] continues Douglas' saga of a mythic Provence, focusing largely on the young sorceress Pierrette. Learning that the Eater of Gods is threatening to bring on the Dark Time, when in an otherwise grim world all work will be done by the captive souls of murdered children, Pierrette must travel back in time and also across time to a key turning point in history. She finds it in the late second century B.C.E., during the initial Roman conquest of southern Gaul. There she has to defeat a literally demonic Gaulish king, Teutomalas, and his sorcerous ally, the mage Cunotar. Coincidentally, she experiences her own sexual awakening (without, however, losing her virginity, technically) and encounters several well-drawn characters, including the Roman general Calvinus and the historian Polybius. Douglas' use of historical and folkloric material, his expertise in Roman warfare, and the deft characterizations outweigh occasional lapses in narrative technique. For the serious reader of historical fantasy, highly recommended. Roland Green
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Library Journal
When the young mage Pierette notices that the events in her history books are changing before her eyes, she realizes that powerful magics have surfaced in her world. In order to restore the truth, she must travel in time to a period in which her native Provence lay in the hands of the empire of Rome. Douglas's sequel to The Sacred Pool continues the story of a resourceful young woman whose knowledge of history, magic, and the old religion provides the key to fighting the emergence of the Black Time. The author's meticulous historical research and his grasp of the relationship between early Christianity and ancient paganism should attract fans of historical fantasy. A good choice for most libraries.

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