Monday, October 13, 2014

Invincible by C. A. Gray (Piercing the Veil, #2)

by C.A. Gray

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Piercing the Veil - Book 2
Publication Date: April 27, 2014
Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing
ISBN: 0991185811
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 424 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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?

Invincible (Piercing the Veil #2)My Review
Invincible by C. A. Gray 

Take a deep breath and get ready to dive right into the action from book one! Invincible takes the hand-off from Intangible and scorches across the pages as the question still burns as to who is The Chosen One. Is it Peter or his twin brother, the dark Kane? Is it Lily?
The one who holds the blade that was broken shall emerge victorious…who will it be?

Teens, expected to take the weight of the world on their shoulders, each with special gifts they are learning to control, and each still filled with the angst and insecurities of their age. Their studies at Paladin High go beyond learning defensive skills; these teens are taught about King Arthur, his legend, Excaliber, the penumbra, the Shadow Lord and war that rages. They know that death may await them, in spite of their talents, but they prepare while life around them goes on and the usual trappings of being a teen are exacerbated by the growing tension and shortened time line. Will they come of age when the clock runs down and present a unified front against evil?

A vital key in the impending battle is the possession of the Philosopher’s Stone, lost since the days of King Arthur, but one person knows where it is. Will it be found in time? What part does Peter play in finding this elusive relic? Once again, heroes will die, their loss bringing home the dire situation they are in as the build up to the final battle looms ahead.

C. A. Gray has already built her magical worlds, fleshed out her characters and set them on their tension-filled journey. This time out she adds even more tension, while dropping nuggets on information along the way. Her characters are becoming more flesh and blood, learning to work as a team in spite of personal feelings. Some find young love or crushes, which proves the resiliency of youth and the hope for the future these kids hold. The rapidfire pace is reeled in when necessary and fueled to maximum power at precisely at the right moment. Once I started, I had to keep reading and following every twist that unfolds!

I received this copy as part of C.A. Gray's Impossible Tour & Giveaway stopping at Tome Tender October 16, 2014.

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