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The Myth Hunters (The Veil #1)

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  666 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
In this enthralling new tale from bestselling author Christopher Golden, one man is drawn into a realm just across the veil from our own, where every captivating myth and fairy tale is true, the vanished exist–and every fear is founded….

Yielding to his father's wishes, Oliver Bascombe abandoned his dream of being an actor and joined the family law firm. Now he will marry a
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Spectra (first published 2006)
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At first The Myth Hunters strongly reminded me of Terry Brooks' Landover series; unfulfilled lawyer missing the magic and passion in his own life is drawn into another world. It's feels a little indulgently angst ridden at first, as Oliver is a lawyer, has significant financial resources, and is on the eve of marriage to a woman he has dated since high school: "He was a fly trapped in amber." As he is reading beside the window while a winter storm rages outside, he encounters a winter being who ...more
Aug 16, 2009 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just added Christopher Golden to the list of authors I'd like to take to lunch. I'd love to get inside his head and wiggle around in an effort to figure out where his incredible imagination comes from.

The Myth Hunters is the first book of Golden's Veil trilogy -- and I'll admit, after turning the last page last night, I was already salivating for those final two volumes. The Myth Hunters introduces Oliver Bascombe, a priveledged, small-town Maine lawyer that wanted to be an actor, but has a
Amazingly satisfying and MODERN, as far as fantasy goes. I always picture satisfying fantasy to be something with an air of dust and age to it, when men spoke fancifully, and narrated their stories thus. All ensuing attempts, at least for me, seem to fail because, stories like Dragonlance are weak imitations, right down to the Tolkein verbiage. Golden attempts none of that and seamlessly blends the world of myth and legend with our own, in regular commonplace English. Even his hero, Oliver, is a ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird-but-good
Imagine if all the "myths" and "legends" in the stories you were told as a child were not only real, but they were under attack by an unknown enemy in the parallel world they live in, that's just out of view of most humans?

Oliver Bascombe discovers this is exactly how things are, when, on the night before his wedding - which he's not entirely sure he wants to go through with - Jack Frost staggers through the window of his house. Jack is near death and begs Oliver to help him.

When Oliver agrees
Oct 04, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans, Artemis Fowl fans
Recommended to Kate by: No one; found it at a used bookstore.
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The Flooze
I loved this. Golden is original in the creation of his world and characters, giving us a sweeping and awesome landscape to play in. His reluctant hero serves as a good touchstone for readers--Oliver has always believed in the existence of the magical and fantastic, but has been forced into a pigeon-hole of his father's making. The revitilization of his belief that there exists something more than our mundane world of quiet responsibilites infuses the reader with hope that perhaps we too can bec ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Aelvana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oliver is a lawyer sitting at home the night before his wedding, when Jack Frost barges in and asks Oliver to help. When Oliver agrees, he's drawn into a world full of the creatures that were the source of many of our myths, pursued every step of the way by the Hunters that had wounded Jack Frost---and now want Oliver too.

Given this setup, I was amazed at how well the author resisted the temptation to show only well-known myths. Jack Frost is hardly the average mythological character, but he co
Jan 10, 2016 Nalani marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maybe
I'm getting a Cassandera Clare vibe . . . Maybe I'll give it a shot.
Mar 24, 2009 Jake rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I found this to be dull and uninteresting. I've liked what I've read from Golden before so its surprising at how ... mundane this story about legends come to life is. He really manages to keep all his characters two dimensional, with the exception of one side character who doesn't have much to do with the main plot yet. Odd that the book, featuring Jack Frost as a main character, has only one interesting character and it is a cop.

I don't really see myself continuing on with this trilogy. Althoug
Dec 29, 2010 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: complete-series
This one did NOT get a good start for me. The beginning felt rushed, awkward and amateurish. Thankfully, I stuck with it and was taken on quite a journey. The author gives the mythical characters a surprising amount of depth an emotion. The ending was kind of abrupt, but it leads right into the next book (and I happen to have it), so I'm okay with that.

I'd actually give it 3.5 stars if I could. Alas, I'm not given that option.
They lost me on the first few pages where first a window won't close because the snow is packed in it and then a minute later Oliver is blown back by the wind blowing in same window that is snow packed. I'll give it a few more pages...
...[buzzer sounding:] 2 more plot inconsistencies by page 50 has made this unreadable, no matter the general plot line. I don't know how an editor missed these things.
Jan 03, 2008 Topher rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modernfantasy
another series i found when doing searches for werewolves, vampires, etc. a main character is jack frost....which is pretty cool. =-)

I like it enough to keep reading the series, but, it wouldn't be my first recommendation to people.
Aug 05, 2014 Joss rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I tried hard to give this book a chance because I could use another interesting prolific writer. I just couldn't like it though. The "hero" was such a fabricated whining wuss that I gave up in about 60 pages.
J. Else
The pacing of the book is a continuous motion like the waves on a beach, rising and falling. There’s always something new being discovered. Golden attempts to balance “our world” with the world “behind the veil” as these two lands collide in a series of horrifying murders and disappearances. The interjection of the deputy's investigation in “our world” felt to me like an interruption the rhythm of the world-building of the myth. I began to lose the focus of the book as Golden shifted between wor ...more
May 24, 2010 Manda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I. Loved. This. Book.


I've been a fan of Christopher Golden for quite a long time, and have recently gotten back into reading him again, first with the Hidden City series that he teamed up with Tim Lebbon on. I'm tremendously happy that I stumbled across them, because I had kind of forgotten about Mr. Golden-- and had I not come across Mind the Gap I probably wouldn't have been inclined to grab the Myth Hunters. I have, as long as I can remember, been a bit of a legend or Myth junkie. I'v
Oct 01, 2008 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Does anyone else feel like they fell down the rabbit hole at the turn of midnight on New Year’s Eve and everyday since has been some twist on normal? Do you await the mailman every day in anticipation to get that invite to the tea parties you always hear so much about? Watch the news in a nervous stance waiting to see just when the apocalypse will be announced? Me, too! Oh, believe me it’s coming. And just to prove it, I bring you a five I guarantee no one expected!!! Trust me, I’m just as shock ...more
Jun 27, 2011 Doreene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story grabs the reader by the throat and pulls you into the story fast. We learn that someone on the other side of the veil is trying to kill off the myths. Oliver the main character is enlisted by injured Jack Frost to help. However Oliver is suppose to be married the next day on Christmas Eve to the Love of his life. He decides to help Jack Frost and must cross over the veil into the world of myths. Once he crosses over he places his family in grave danger.

The rest of the book is one chal
Dec 30, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly satisfying. Christopher Golden takes folk tales and myths and twists them into a believable and wonderful story. Restless lawyer Oliver Bascombe feels stifled by his father's rule and on the eve of his wedding day, seeks to dispel his doubts. He makes the acquaintance of Jack Frost, an iceman he thought only existed in his imagination, when Jack bursts into his room, bleeding and begging for help. With this one act of kindness, Oliver is propelled into a fantastical world and a quest t ...more
Jun 13, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. It takes a while for the story to develop but it does finally come together and right about where the book ends it gets interesting. lol Now I have to read #2.

Oliver is a lawyer from a very wealthy family, on the eve of his wedding. He is having doubts about rather he really wants to get married when he encounters Jack Frost (yep the one and only) who has been attacked by a Myth Hunter and needs Oliver to help him. In helping Frost escape the Hunter, Oliver is transported wi
Jul 14, 2010 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery
An interesting concept… but a little too much misplaced angst for me…

Oliver Bascombe, a lawyer in his 30s, still struggling with being himself vs being the man his father wants him to be… isn’t he a little old for that? He is to be married tomorrow, to a woman he thinks he loves, but he’s not sure… has enough of him been in the relationship to love her? And for her to truly love the real him? And that night, an injured Jack Frost comes into his living room… and thus the story begins…

Jack Frost a
Dec 24, 2015 Andrea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DFN....oh I so wanted to love this book. Personifications of elements and mythological creatures is just up my alley. But I found it a bit boring after the first 150 pages or so. Why? I don't know really. It was slow...then fast.....then slow again. Flipping back and forth in the story was weird. I have read stories with twin POV before. Heck, I even wrote one....but ummm, they were so different.

Anyway....perhaps another time I will find I really did like it after all.
Aug 10, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out liking this book. The story is interesting although sometimes a little slow paced. The part I disliked the most was that it is clearly part of a series and stops right in the middle of the story. I was interested enough in the characters that I went a head and starting reading the next book right away.
Jul 27, 2010 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, my fiancee was right.

She raved about this book. She told me that I would love this book, but warned that its two follow-ups do not live up to the promise of the first. I went ahead and gave it a try, figuring that if I wasn't completely blown away that I could just have her get me up to speed on what happens in the next two installments.

As it turns out, the next two installments could be unreadable dreck and I would read them anyway. I have to know what happens next and I have to read it
Oct 27, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An amazing look beyond the "Veil" where our legends and myths reside. While I don't think I'd want to cross Jack Frost, I do believe Kitsune would be a great addition to girls' night out. But someone has sent the Myth Hunters to kill the Borderkind and Oliver Bascombe is caught in the middle. What happens when your childhood wish for magic suddenly comes true on the eve of your wedding?
Dan Choquette
Jun 13, 2008 Dan Choquette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first picked this book up on a whim in an independent bookshop… and then I kicked myself for not buying it then and there! The book starts slowly then begins to build up steam as it goes along. Oliver Dascombe is a privledged young lawyer who dreams of pursuing his own dreams rather than those of his father. On the eve of his marriage to a partner's daughter, the arrival of a strange being made of ice drags him into a world unlike any that he could have dreamed of. I especially enjoyed the mix ...more
First in a series. Oliver crosses the veil while helping Jack Frost and enters a world of legends, good and evil. The Sandman has been released back into the world, killing Oliver's father and capturing his sister. Borderkind are being hunted and killed, and now they are after Oliver too. Interesting fantasy story. 090407
Ange Copley
Sep 14, 2015 Ange Copley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the moment I started reading to the last page I was enthralled with this book. For me, the characters are well rounded and the story moves at a great pace. Definitely left me wanting more.
Oct 25, 2012 Cora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
I really enjoyed this novel. There was a lot of action, mystery and suspense. It was a thriller set in a fantasy world. I loved all of the different myths and legends from a variety of cultures introduced to the story. The story was the first in a trilogy and not much was resolved at the end of the first book. I will definitely be reading the next two books to see where Golden takes the story. If you like a lot of action and quite a bit of magic in your mystery/thrillers, I would recommend you c ...more
Taneel's Books
Jul 26, 2014 Taneel's Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book!!! New author I will continue to read. This book brings your childhood mystical creatures to life with a modern twist. Can't wait to read the second one.
Aug 07, 2015 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting more horror, but it is a decent work of fantasy fiction. I'm looking forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy.
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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) Mind the Gap. Golden co-wrote the lavishly illustrated novel Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire with Mike Mignola, which they are currently scripting as a feature film ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Veil (3 books)
  • The Borderkind (The Veil, #2)
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