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Masters of the Veil

(The Veil Trilogy #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  117 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Life can't get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player. every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer. Sam is whisked off to ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Spencer Hill Press (first published February 17th 2012)
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Kate Kaynak
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great start to the Veil Trilogy! A funny, imaginative, and delightful read! I'm delighted that we were able to get this manuscript for Spencer Hill Press. The main character, Sam, is like an American Harry Potter. Check it out--you won't be disappointed! ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won, thank you for me receiving the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

First off all Sam is amazing and a real character. I liked the conflict that led the people from Atlas Crown and Tembrath Elite to find Sam it was very interesting. I think the Author, Daniel A. Cohen, has an amazing imagination and the detail explaining Atlas Crown is just wonderful. I can see many science fiction lovers will like this book for the wild things that come from the Veil.
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Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
I am the sort of person who can finish at least one book a day- once I start a book it is near impossible to tear me away from it, essentially I will neglect EVERYTHING once I start reading a book. Furthermore, it is EXTREMELY uncommon for me to not finish a book (since I started reviewing books, almost two years ago, I have read and reviewed EVERY book which has come my way- in fact, I can't recall the last DNF I had). So how do those little facts relate to this book? This book was BY FAR the b ...more
Darby Karchut
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

What a world Daniel A. Cohen has created in this first book of the Veil trilogy. From the day-to-day life of the citizens of Atlas Crown to the history of how the Veil came into being, Cohen takes the reader on a fantastical journey.

Sam Lock is a wonderful mix of confused teen and stalwart hero. His first days exploring this magical world are as rich as any fantasy book I’ve read. Sam not only learns about his magical abilities, but he also starts to learn about his own strengths an
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Masters of the Veil Review on K-Books

It's no surprise to anyone how much of an enormous fan of Spencer Hill Press books I am, so when this book was released I instantly downloaded it to my kindle without even reading the blurb. I adore the cover and... well it's from SHP I knew I was going to love it and I wasn't wrong. This is an incredible book. However, I was kind of expecting something different based on the cover. Before reading the book the cover gives off, to me at least, a science-fictio
Kristin  Aragon
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal
Originally reviewed at Better Read Than Dead

I absolutely adored Masters of the Veil. It is a unique and creative read in today's sometimes overwhelming YA market. Daniel is taking JK Rowling's lead and putting a whole new twist on fantasy. I love that this book starts in Texas...being a Texas girl myself. When you combine Texas and Football...well, you can't go wrong. Then you throw in a heaping spoonful of magic and have the makings for an extraordinary novel. Congrats br
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Magic. Imagine you coming into a power you never known. Coming into a whole new world, people, and culture. Fast-paced from the beginning, The Veil unravels magic from your fingertips!

What I enjoyed most about this book are the characters. Sam is unknowing coming in to power. I loved his reactions to unknown coincidences that are happening around him. Sam is smart and takes the news better than what I thought. Sam's voice is mature yet growing. I loved his interest in his new people and who he i
Keshia Swaim
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: high-school
Another awesome fantasy read from Spencer Hill Press. Incredibly vivid, believable characters, and a well-construced plot. For a full review, see
****FINAL RATING: 4.35 STARS****

So, this was an enjoyable book. A really, really enjoyable book. I loved it, even. However, I also have some issues with it. I do think it was a very good book, but it definitely wasn't perfect. I would definitely read it again if given the choice, despite the fact that not too many of the characters save for one appealed to me. (YET.) Another thing this book has going for it is that it will appeal to both boys and girls.

I'm trying to th
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: julia
Julia's review of Masters of the Veil by Daniel Cohen

Judged By Cover: Magical
The cover for this book can only be described as stunning. The black scales in the back round of the stars is a beautiful and magical contrast that is absolutely lovely. now I know what you are all thinking, "Julia, why the heck are there scales in space?" well This makes much more sense when you read the book. Also the font that is on the cover is like my favorite font, I think it's called bleeding cowboys, but it is
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it

Masters of the Veil was a great start to a new series. I loved the magical world the author had created, and was fascinated by the different branches of magic and how each person was suited to a different type. Definitely a page-turning read – I’m already excited for the sequel!

Sam Locke, our main character, was a pretty likeable guy. He was a bit arrogant and self-involved, and obsessed with football, but he was also absolutely hilarious and I loved reading about him (his conversations wi
Jan 29, 2012 rated it liked it
THREE WORDS: Original & Great World-Building

MY REVIEW: Daniel Cohen’s Masters of the Veil is an enjoyable YA Fantasy with captivating world-building and original fantasy elements.

Sam Lock as it all- looks, popularity, the envy of his classmates and an almost guaranteed career has a pro-football player. But at the big championship game Scott taps into some intense power and literally freezes his surroundings and costs his team the game. A mysterious beautiful woman, May, shows up and tells Scott
Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
As excited as I was when I first heard about MASTERS OF THE VEIL, it still took me a while to pick this one up. I have to be in just the right mood to read about magic, or I don't get swept away. I'm weird like that. While main character Sam Lock's arrogance in the early chapters did keep me from connecting with the story right away, by the time we reached Atlas Crown and discovered alongside Sam that magic is real, I became much more immersed. Daniel A. Cohen excels at descriptive prose, creati ...more
May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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Masters of the Veil is a book which synopsis captured me from the moment I first read it and I knew I just had to get hold of it. Thankfully it lived up to all of my expectations.

Mr. Cohen has weaved a fantasy story in a wonderfully detailed setting with characters that are so likeable that you can’t help but be engrossed by the story he is telling.

All popular, good-looking Samuel ‘Sam’ Lock wants to do is play football, it has been his lif
Elizabeth "Liza"
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya, series, witches
I had selected Masters of the Veil a few months back as my ‘Waiting on Wednesday’ and Mr. Cohen contacted me to see if I wanted a guest post , which I totally did. Therefore, I was very excited to get Masters of the Veil and to meet Mr. Cohen at BEA, I started reading the book right away and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

To me the book was initially a blend of Harry Potter (inevitable comparison as the book is about magic) and The Warrior Heir. Obviously this is not a copy of ot
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
Characters: Although the story follows Sam. I dare you to read this book and not want to mention the mute boy when describing this book to your friends, Gilssandro has a horn and can only communicate through music using the horn. Another important role is Sam's mentor May. Very intuitive and there are a lot of sessions between them that gets the story rolling and the world building more solid.

Writing: A very imaginative fantasy read. There are a lot of different creatures and magic and the worl
May 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2012
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3.5 stars!

A Magical and Sparkling New Series!

The premise of Masters of the Veil really did it for me. It is not very common to find YA novels with male characters and Sam, the main character, is definitely someone that readers should be looking forward to meet. Master of the Veil shines with magic from the very beginning and its doesn't stop until the last page!

Sam is the perfect Guy. He's an amazing football player, he's popular, hot, confident, etc! The
Paula  from Reading Lark
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it

As I reflect on the fun read I just completed a few minutes ago, two elements of this inaugural volume of the Veil series stand out: How excited many of my friends will be to find a fun read that they will feel good about handing to their kids, and how truly original the world-building is.

Why will my friends feel good about handing this to their kids? It's clean (meaning, lacking inappropriate language and/or content), it's engagingly adventurous, and it
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
I would like to give a big THANK YOU to Kate at Spencer Hill for allowing me to read an ARC copy of Masters of the Veil. Man oh man where to begin on this review. First I have to say I LOVE football so I was very excited when I found out the main character was a football star. Then the double whammy is the magic. I love books that have magic in them because it brings another element into the world of the characters and makes for a fun read.

Sam is your average small town football player hoping to
Kelly Hashway
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First of all, Sam is the type of character that you fall in love with. He's the star football player, and he's going places. That is until he accidentally accesses the Veil and freezes everyone during the last play of the big game. He has no idea that the strange time freeze was his doing, and it stuns him so much that he loses the game for his team. He thinks his football future is over, but things change when Meg shows up and takes him to Atlas Crown to be with other people like him, sorcerers ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sam is the perfect hero. He tends to do well in school and on the football field. However, after one bad game, he finds himself in an oddly still world. He learns that he might have frozen time...but how and why? Magic always seems to have consequences and it isn't long before Sam is taken into a "leaning institution" to control his newfound abilities.

Sam goes through the "normal" lessons that are supposed to teach him about his magic, but he ends up learning plenty about himself...about his ow
Hannah McBride
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I have to admit: This book surprised me. I honestly did not have the highest of hope for it, but Daniel Cohen pleasantly surprised me. I didn’t expect this book to suck me in the way it did. This was a fun, quick read.

I wasn’t sure I would like Sam. He’s described as cocky and self-assured, which is usually a turn off to me. I was so happy when he was revealed to be more human than self-obsessed football jock. In fact, reading about Sam’s journey was great. Sam is strong, but he isn’t without hi
Sarah (Catching Books)
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
At first, I wasn't sure how much I was going to like this book..I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi/magic types of books but I went into this one with an open mind and I am glad that I did!!

One of my favorite parts about this book was that it was told from a male's point of view (the main character Sam). I haven't really read any books with a male point of view so it was really interesting to see things from his take! I also really liked the main character Sam, at first he seemed like a typical high sc
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Masters of the Veil is a fantastic book that shows that there can be so many new original things still to be discovered in the genre of fantasy. Cohen does a great job with this one!

Sam is such a fun guy! He wasn't the easiest to connect with-a problem I've been having lately-but that didn't mean that I didn't like him. He was such a pleasure to read about. He definitely developed a lot during the book. I enjoyed being there for his crazy sorcerer journey.

The supporting characters were pretty go
Tyler Jolley
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It was well written and very well thought out. Atlas Crown was described perfectly and felt like a movie in my head when I was reading it. The main character, Sam Locke, was hard to like. I wanted to like him, but I just couldn’t until the end of the book. That being said, it’s not a bad thing. Let’s face it; most teenage boys are not the most polite, grateful, well behaved people on the planet. It was fun to watch him mature and become the person he was meant to be. It was as ...more
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Masters of the Veil by Daniel Cohen was fantastic-I'm sorry I wasn't able to get it read by the pub. date since Spencer Hill Press kindly sent me an ARC but I was just to sick at the time to read and review much.

I'll be doing a proper review about the story of Sam [who I'm secretly crushin' on]and his journey with 'the Veil' and the things he learns about himself. For Sam, things aren't always what they appear to be and people will stop at nothing to get what they want.
Mr. Cohen has done a spect
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved getting lost in this book. It was refreshing and unique. Great characters that I look forward to growing with in the books to come. I also really enjoyed the occasional plot twists sprinkled throughout the story, and the fun of discovering the mysteries of the Veil along with Sam. Can't wait for book two! ...more
Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
Wow! What an excellent beginning to this series. The detail into which Daniel went into describing Atlas Crown and how magic came to be discovered was amazing. This is a series that I definitely look forward to continue reading. Well done!
I received this book as a Goodreads First Reads.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: snoozer, bad-very-bad
I'm on page 74 and can go no further. I'm just not interested in Sam as a character and the whole wizard world is just such a dud to me.

Kalib Kotecki
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-reads
Great book with a good outcome. Feel sorry about what happened at the end but cant wait for the next book.
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Spencer Hill Press: The Veil Trilogy by Daniel A Cohen 27 47 Jan 15, 2013 09:43AM  
Having spent most of his life trapped in the frozen tundra of upstate New York, Daniel Cohen decided to dream himself somewhere new. It was from this quest for heat that the scorching world of COLDMAKER was born.

In addition to his writing career, Daniel is a semi-professional saxophonist in Austin, Texas, spending his days in front of the page and his nights in front of crowds. Sometimes the crowd

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