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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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
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