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The Veil of Illusion (Olivia and Jai #2)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  124 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A rich, powerful, romantic novel of men and women, secrets and betrayals--set in 19th-century India. When the naive, idealistic son of a powerful British official begins courting the daughter of a fierce, impassioned, bitter half-caste rumored to have been executed by the British for his role in a rebellion, the repercussions are dangerously unpredictable.
Hardcover, 632 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1994)
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Aug 20, 2008 Misfit rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 19 C india
A Worthy sequel to Olivia and Jai, although it's heavier on the history and lighter on the romance. The Veil of Illusion begins about 13 years after the Sepoy Rebellion and the massacre at Bibighar when Jai Raventhorne was accused of participating in and presumably hanged (or was he?) for his crimes. Olivia mourns her beloved Jai and she has struggled over the years to prove his innocence. Their children Amos and Maya bear the burdens of mixed parentage and stigma of their father's alleged heino ...more
Honestly, this is a very long book in which absolutely NOTHING happens. And I feel the need to set out a warning: if you really liked Jai Raventhorne in the first book and his enigmatic character is one of the main driving forces that have led you to consider reading this book, don't waste your time. He makes only a cursory appearance in this book and it's not even real or very satisfying. Finding out what happens with his story was what kept me going to the end, but as I have already pointed ou ...more
Sarah Wagner
This sequel to Olivia and Jai chronicles the tale of the Eurasian Raventhorne family in Calutta in the late nineteenth century. Olivia and her two children live under the shadow of her deceased husband's reputed massacre during the 1857 mutiny. Determined to prove his innocence, Olivia and her children also struggle to be accepted into the racist British society in Calcutta, especially when the daughter of the family, Maya, becomes involved with one of the British civil service officers. While n ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Laura rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Laura by: Oriana, Misfit
Shelves: hf-india, read-2011
This book is a sequel of Olivia and Jai. The main point for me was that I found this book is much more interesting after have read Siege of Krishnapur about the Sepoy Mutiny.

The plot is about Olivia and her two sons Amos and Maya, as well as her firstborn child Allistair, and how they tried to survive after Jai's death in order to find his innocence and his final justice.

page 194:
"What does Maya mean?"...."It means an illusion."
Michelle Pickett
I didn't enjoy the sequel as much as I did Olivia and Jai, but it was a good book. However, I don't think the sequel was necessary. Olivia and Jai would have been a great stand alone.
This book was hard to read as a huge fan of the original book, Olivia and Jai. Losing one of your favorite characters is like losing a good friend. So painful. But the book moves on from there and introduces the reader to a whole group of new characters. Another masterpiece by Ryman.
I think it was push to call this a follow up to Olivia & JAI. This was a completely different beast. Very slow to get started, but last 2/3 of book was excellent, thus the 4 star not 5 star.
I think the sequel was perfection! By far one of the best sequels I have ever read. I truly appreciate the respect that Rebecca Ryman gave us, the characters and the story line but not making this another happily ever after. What a shame Rebecca Ryman is no longer with us to gift the world with such captivating novels.
L.  (I've Stopped Counting)
All the action was in past tense. We the readers never get to experience the actual events, just listen as a character relates to another character what happened. I ended up skipping and skimming through the last half.
Aug 13, 2008 Hirondelle marked it as to-read
Part of my strategical reserve of books I am hoarding to read one day. Sequel to Olivia&Jai, one of the only 3 books the author published ( I loved the other two), saved for a rainy day read...
Jul 03, 2012 Julie marked it as to-read
OMG there's a sequel??? Jai is dead? Do I even want to read this?
Vikas Datta
Quite engrossing...
Sequel to Olivia and Jai
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Rebecca Ryman is the pen name of an Indian writer, Asha Bhanjdeo, who only wrote three books under this name: Olivia & Jai, The Veil of Illusions (the sequel of Olivia & Jai) and Shalimar. She died in Calcutta in 2003.
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