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Above the Veil (The Seventh Tower #4)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  4,813 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Tal and Milla's search for the truth about their world becomes even more dangerous when they meet Crow and his band of Underfolk rebels, who have discovered many secrets about the Castle, and are about to find the most important one.
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Turtleback Books (first published March 1st 2001)
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Aug 21, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Above the Veil gets a little more exciting still than the other books, and continues some character development on Tal's part. Nix did pretty well in making him sympathetic but consistently still learning -- you want to give him a Gibbs Headslap (you'll know what I mean if you watch NCIS), but at the same time, you understand where he's coming from.

More interesting world building type stuff is going on in this book, too, and Nix's writing improves with each book.
Spencer Borup
Jan 23, 2015 Spencer Borup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-again
Book #3 of The Seventh Tower, AENIR, may have been the worst in the series, but I am happy to say that book #4, ABOVE THE VEIL, turned things around to become the best so far. Don't you just love underdog stories?

It did take a while for Garth Nix to gain my trust back, but once he had it, he was back in force. A faction of Underfolk rebels that call themselves Freefolk, serious consequences for the characters' actions, tidal pools of molten crystal, giant venomous water spiders... oh, yeah, baby
Ben Fleck
Above the Veil: Or, So the Drama, So the Sunstone

Tal and Milla get separated in this volume after much drama and fighting. Things aren't looking good for anyone. Milla is cranky and annoyed, wanting to rejoin her Shield Maidens. Tal is nervous and worried, trying to free his father and stop Sushin from whatever evil things he is up to. Oh that's right, to prevent the Veil from falling. Cause that would be bad. I think.

Milla eventually rejoins the Shield Maidens, who think it is a great time to a
Tal and Milla are on a quest to save the veil. On the way the they are joined by the freefolk. They are failing in their quest but on the way Uncle Ebbit reveals that he has the codex of the chosen (a mystical book that answers all questions). During this journey Tal and Mila get seperated. Tal continues on the quest for the Veil while Mila rejoins her community the Icecarl to reclaim their territory. This book is exciting and I think has many crucial events which help you understand the rest of ...more
Jonathan Young
Sep 25, 2016 Jonathan Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This picks up with the quest of the Keystones with the Freefolk in tow. Crow Tal's old adversary makes a reappearance as the Shadows grow stronger.

Whilst this book mostly serves to set up the last two it does it with an incredible amount of action and character development. I think most importantly in this Tal really begins to change his ways. It's in the little things when he doesn't always admonish the Underfolk or treat them poorly. He grows and works with Crow to reclimb the Red Tower where
Nov 13, 2008 Lindsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One of the elements of writing in this genre that Nix is particularly gifted at is creating original fantasies and worlds. This series is no exception. However, in comparison to some of his other works, especially The Abhorsen Trilogy, the exploration of this world and the characters within is weak at best. The story is interesting because Nix presents the audience with a new mythology, but he rushes through the plot, circumnavigating what could be some really amazing explorations of the world h ...more
Nov 11, 2015 D-day rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After all the interesting revelations about Aenir, the Codex and the history of the Veil in the last book, Book 4: Above The Veil paled in comparison. This one advances the plot (we learn of the existence of the Freefolk) and has lots of action, but was still not as enjoyable as the first three.
I read the first three books together in an omnibus edition, but it took me a few months to track down the last three. In the meantime I re-read The Golden Compass and it really struck me how reminiscent
Lynette ~ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time ~
This book was amazing. I wasn't sure how this one would continue the story, but it really did a great job. Really one of my favorite things about this book is how short it is. In all honesty, this whole series could probably be condensed into 2, maybe 3 books, just by combing books. But it is SO much more enjoyable and relaxing this way.

My favorite part, though? Milla. I love her character arc, and overall development and the huge part she plays in this story (and that awful cliffhanger, too.)

Charles Streams
Book four of the series takes Tal and Milla to meet with the Freefolk in the castle. I'm still really enjoying the overall storyline of this series, but smaller questions are starting to creep in that are bothering me. All of a sudden Tal is super powerful with his sunstone even though he's had no more training, so how is he all of a sudden not just a boy that hadn't even paid attention in Lectorium? Also, suddenly everyone seems to know Sushin is bad and that all the Chosen of the keystones are ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Kharms rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this series of Science Fiction books by Garth Nix, which are aimed at a juvenile/young adult audience. The author does a good job of creating new, unfamiliar but believable societies, including the privileged Castle dwellers known as the Chosen and the seemingly more primitive and clan-oriented Icecarls who live out in the frozen wilds of the Dark World. Throw in the magical world of Aenir from which Shadowguards and Spiritshadows are bound (enslaved?) to Chosen at age 13 1/2, a ...more
Aug 02, 2011 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this story, Tal and Milla are fleeing from Sushin and his followers and while escaping, run into Crow and the Freefolk - Underfolk who wish to be free from their slave-like existence. The Freefolk are less than friendly, but eventually, Tal and Milla survive and find Tal's Great Uncle Ebbitt with the Freefolk and Tal and Milla go their separate ways. Tal and Crow attempt to find a way to rescue Tal's Father and the other missing sunstone Guardians and Milla goes back to the ice to warn the Cr ...more
Jan 20, 2009 Angélica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy/Sci-fi fans
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Brings back memories looking at the old covers, while comparing with the originals.
...Oh right the book.

Having gotten their newly appointed shadows, Tal and Milla meet new company in Crow and his group considered the Underfolk, who live below the castle.
As Tal, Milla and co try to find anything info they can on a certain someone, Tal hopes to his family again.

Keeps getting more and more interesting as the story plays out. Crow, for some reason, remember he annoyed me. At first anyway.
Still a goo
Mar 11, 2009 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nix-tamora, inventory
Tal and Milla have gone their separate ways. Milla to report and give herself to the ice, and Tal to the top of the Red tower to figure out how to save his father.

Tal has to rely upon a former slave/underfolk called Crow who is bitter, angry, and willing to do anything to free his people and hurt the Chosen. Tal has come to the realization that everything he has thought was true is no longer the case.

Milla assumes that she knows what the crones will decide once she reports to them. Will they a
These books are so short that I don't have a lot of new things to say about this installment of the series. My opinion is more of the whole series. So why did this particular book only get 3 stars? Well, while the status-quo was maintained, I didn't get any surprises from this plot. It kept the story moving and that was great, but nothing above that stood out to me (especially now that I'm writing this a few weeks down the road.) So it only gets 3. Still respectable. Or maybe it is being unfairl ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Dexter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good installment in the series. Action-packed and giving both Tal and Milla their own times to shine. Tal really is going through some character growth and I'm excited to see the end result. Milla also, though maybe not quite as drastic. I do like her character though, and how she doesn't always fall into the stereotypical soft-on-the-inside-hard-on-the-outside warrior woman. Sometimes when Tal gets all mopy, she's just like, "Dude, suck it up. Wimp." and I really like that.

I also want to
Jul 07, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
he more I read in this series the more I enjoy the story. Each of the characters is growing up a little more with each installment and the plot line evolves into something more intricate and enveloping. I’m surprised at some of the plot twists, which is nice to have for a change especially in a YA novel. And although I’m pretty sure I know how this book is going to end, I’m still excited to get there.
Jun 20, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 15, 2011 Yenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
I didn't think I would like the series but I did. It was amazing and kept my thinking for a long time even after I put down the book to sleep. It was so good that I dreamed about it and put myself in the feet of the protagonist's. :D

I apologize if this review isn't all that good, I read the books a while ago and have only just realised I hadn't rated and added this book to my Goodreads Shelf.
Sep 23, 2010 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of action. I really enjoyed it as a part of the Seventh Tower series. However, as a novel independant of the series, it left a lot unanswered. Reading the previous three novels is imperative to understand the plot of this novel. Also, it ends in a "to be continued" sort of way.
Derrick Bjorklund
with barely any plot movement forward you could say the most of this book could be condensed and tacked onto the next book in the series. although its still a good read i feel that some the anticipation i had from the other books waned a bit
Oct 18, 2016 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just have to say it.
The cover of this book is absolutely HIDEOUS.
And the story? Well, I found it... lacking.
Unless you like a story with terrible character development and a plot that plunks around from one thing to the next with zero forethought.
Zach Zarzecki
Sep 04, 2016 Zach Zarzecki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 12, 2009 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one's the best by far out of the series so far.
Jul 09, 2010 Suvi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4th book in my favorite series
Pranesh Sreekantan
Dec 13, 2009 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I read this book in the series, it felt like it was just a lead up to the next book. With hope, the next will be better. :)
Alan Mathews
Kept reading it. More so out of duty to finish the series, though. It didn't really call me to it. Going back to it felt like a grudging sort of effort.
Jun 08, 2008 Sinho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is just as thrilling as the others. A really good read.
Dec 23, 2008 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2007, childrens
Tal meets the freefolk, finds the red sunstone with Crow, while Milla returns to the Icecarls.
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

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Other Books in the Series

The Seventh Tower (6 books)
  • The Fall (The Seventh Tower, #1)
  • Castle (The Seventh Tower, #2)
  • Aenir (The Seventh Tower, #3)
  • Into Battle (The Seventh Tower, #5)
  • The Violet Keystone (The Seventh Tower, #6)

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