“A promising series opener with a rich supporting cast of characters. Packed full of adventure and ending with a cliffhanger that leaves readers anxiously awaiting a sequel.” — ALA Booklist
Holes in the Veil (Book #2) will be released February 16, 2021!
In a land where magic’s feared, a rare magical kind exists: the Blest, products of the Goblets Immortal. Aidan’s a Blest on the run, forced to return home. He made his family vanish decades ago, but believes there’s a way to bring them back.
Whispers of a new fear take shape in Meraude, a mage who hates all magic-kind. When she appears in Aidan’s dreams offering a bargain for the return of his family, Aidan’s desires battle with his self-preservation.
Is it wise for Aidan to seek the Goblets Immortal for Meraude’s unknown purposes? Friend and foe blur the magical lines, and Aidan must discern who will shake his hand or slit his throat.
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Overmyer (Circus in a Shot Glass) fails to deliver on the promising premise of this slow-moving series opener. Six goblets grant magic powers to anyone who drinks from them. Once protected by a group of magic users called the Circle, the goblets are now lost. Aidan is one of the Blest, the revered offspring of former Circle members, but he lives with the crushing guilt of having unintentionally used his powers to make his family disappear when he was a child. Aidan's seemingly impossible hopes of getting his family back are kindled when the dangerous mage Meraude appears to him in a dream and offers a bargain: if Aidan finds her the Questing Goblet, one of the six, Meraude will return Aidan's family. Aidan embarks on a wild-goose chase while skirting another enemy, Lord Dewhurst, who has put a price on his head. Overmyer's plot is dense and well-constructed, but a sluggish opening makes it difficult to invest in the characters and will lose impatient readers before the story picks up. The conclusion, meanwhile, leaves too many threads dangling. Epic fantasy fans will be disappointed.