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Thursday, October 9, 2014



Book 3 of the Piercing the Veil Series
Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing
Publication Date: October 15, 2014
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Pages: 303

The Shadow Lord has the Philosopher’s Stone, and therefore an army of invincible penumbra. He also possesses the fragments of Excalibur, the legendary sword prophesied to be the instrument of either his own destruction, or that of the Child of the Prophecy. The sword, he knows, requires blood to be reforged… and he knows exactly whose blood he wants.

Meanwhile, the Watchers are desperate to steal back the fragments of Excalibur and find out how to reforge them before the Shadow Lord does. Isdemus places Peter and Lily in Carlion’s sister cities for safe-keeping until the war begins. But Peter and Lily have an idea that might enable the Watchers to steal back the fragments, in spite of the Shadow Lord’s invincible army. Their plan requires them to travel halfway across the world, to an island largely believed to exist only in Greek mythology. Along the way, however, the Shadow Lord uses a pawn to convince Peter and Lily that they are powerless. Without their gifts of the Ancient Tongue, will either one of them stand a chance?

In this gripping conclusion of the Piercing the Veil trilogy, the Watchers and the Shadow Lord both amass their ranks, the battle begins, and the true identity of the Child of the Prophecy is revealed—to the shock of all.

What a fantastic way to end a trilogy! This is exactly how I felt when I read the 7th book of Harry Potter. And if you're a fan of J.K. Rowling's series, then you should definitely try this one, too! Who says physics can't be mixed with high fantasy? C.A. Gray is one hell of a writer to pull it off!

Impossible is the third and final book of the Piercing the Veil Trilogy. In this book, Peter Stewart, along with the rest of the Watchers and Nimbi, faces the Shadow Lord for the final battle that spanned 1500 years. With the Shadow Lord successfully creating his invincible army, there seems to be no chance of achieving victory by their small group. But even a butterfly's flutter can create a tornado somewhere in the world. Peter's Dad thinks there may still be hope for them. And everyone hopes so...

When I read the first book, the author awed me with her storytelling and I told myself that I would definitely follow this series. I only like a handful of YA stories but Piercing the Veil Trilogy is definitely one of my favorite ones. I've never read of a retelling of the Arthurian legend as different and as awesome as this.

Character-wise, although I really, really love this series, Peter and Lily irritated me towards the middle part of the book, particularly Lily. I didn't like her character in the second book because I thought she was petty. But here in the third book she frustrated me with her stupidity and pettiness. Not to mention pride. Both Peter and Lily are so hard-headed and stubborn in this book that I wanted to shake some sense on them when they decide to do things on their own. It's a good thing they always redeem themselves in the book. If the author wanted the readers to feel frustrated with Pete and Lily and then forgive them afterwards, she certainly did a really great job. Aside from the two, there were some noteworthy characters in the book, as well. Brock, the bully from the first book, was so awesome in Impossible. His character made a 180º turn from the first book that in my opinion he's a lot more likable than Peter in this book. My other favorite is Eustace! You have to read the book to know why Eustace is soo awesome here. Such a cheeky kid!

Story-wise, I got nothing bad to say about Impossible. It has everything I was looking for in a fantasy story like this. This book has PAGE-TURNER written all over it from the first page. It has a fantastic storyline, cool fight scenes, and an EXCITING CONCLUSION. I could never ask for a better ending. There were also some moments that made my eyes moist. This is a story where good battles evil so character casualties are expected. It has a bit of romance in it too but it's not the main focus of the story so it wasn't elaborated, and I'm damn glad it wasn't explored further because I was actually shipping for a Brock-Lily tandem.

I am DEFINITELY RECOMMENDING Piercing the Veil Trilogy to Young Adults and Adults alike. It's a MUST-READ to all YA Fantasy and Arthurian legend fans.

My Rating: 5 FAIRY WINGS!!!

Other Books In The Series


Book 1 of the Piercing the Veil Trilogy
Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing
Publication Date: November 20, 2013
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Pages: 482

Peter Stewart grew up on a unique version of the Arthurian legends taught him by his father, a harebrained quantum physicist who asserts that anything is possible. But Peter disbelieves anything which cannot be scientifically explained, despite a nagging sense that there is more to the world than meets the eye.

Lily Portman is an orphan with a secret: she can see creatures that are invisible to everyone else. These creatures control every human being she has ever met to varying degrees… until she meets Peter and his father.

When a mysterious stranger stages an accident which nearly costs Peter and Lily their lives, suddenly Lily learns that she is not crazy after all, and Peter discovers the truth of his father’s stories… including the existence of Arthur’s ancient nemesis, one who calls himself the Shadow Lord, and a prophecy with implications so profound that it will alter not only the course of their lives, but potentially the fate of the world.


Book 2 of the Piercing the Veil Trilogy
Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing
Publication Date: April 27, 2014
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Pages: 422

Peter Stewart is a dead ringer for the legendary King Arthur, and because of that, everyone in Carlion believes that he is the Child of the Prophecy, destined to destroy the Shadow Lord. But Peter doesn’t want to be a hero; all he wants to be is left alone.
Lily Portman also fits the prophecy. Having spent her entire life as an orphan and a misfit, Lily would love nothing more than to be the Child of the Prophecy, so she envies Peter… but she’s also developing a crush on him. And it seems to her that he couldn’t care less.

Isdemus and the Watchers believe that it is only a matter of time before Peter’s twin brother Kane betrays them all and frees the Shadow Lord. The winner of the war to come depends on who has the legendary Philosopher’s Stone—the only problem is, it has been lost since the days of Arthur. With the help of a skeptical anthropologist, the Watchers attempt to decode the ancient treasure maps that lead them to the heart of Egypt and the dawn of time. Meanwhile, Lily and Peter discover that Peter holds the real key to the mystery… but will they be too late?


C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD), with a primary care practice in Tucson, Arizona. She has always been captivated by the power of a good story, fictional or otherwise, which is probably why she loves holistic medicine: a patient’s physical health is invariably intertwined with his or her life story, and she believes that the one can only be understood in context with the other.

She still wants to be everything when she grows up. She moonlights as a college chemistry teachers (she has a degree in biochemistry, with minors in Spanish and Creative Writing), does theater when she gets the chance, sings, plays piano, was once a personal trainer and in coffee shop management. She is blessed with exceptionally supportive family and friends, and thanks God for them every single day!


  1. I really like the covers of those books! They look really good. :)

  2. I was totally shipping for Lily & Brock at first, too!!! :) Great review!

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