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Veiled Magic

(Veiled Magic #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  637 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Police officer and Witch Donata Santori spends her days interrogating dead witnesses by summoning their spectral forms. Normally the job is little more than t
Kindle Edition, 280 pages
Published November 17th 2015 by InterMix
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Marta Cox
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Deborah Blake is an author I've recently discovered who clearly enjoys surprising her readers. Not content with just bringing us her contemporary interpretation of the Baba Yaga legend she has published this story about a witch with the ability to communicate with the dead. Now Donata is no ordinary magic practitioner as she is also a member of her local police department. You would think that her skills would be admired but no the humans are somewhat distrust
3.5 stars. Promising start to a new series. At least, I hope it becomes a series.

In Veiled Magic, author Deborah Blake introduces readers to Donata Santori, a Witch cop working with the police department on "special" cases. Donata has the ability to raise ghosts of the newly dead, which helps incredibly when it comes to murder cases. In Donata's world, while some supernaturals are known to the Humans, not all of them are. Witches are one supernatural that is known to regular, normal folks. But t
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Donata is a witch who can summon the dead. She works in the windowless basement of the police department. While most of her fellow officers will grudgingly admit her usefully in solving cases, the whole summoning thing freaks them out.

Our story begins when Donata is called to a crime scene by her commanding officer. A restorer was murdered for a painting, and in a strange twist, she finds herself caught up in a case that could impact both the human and paranormal worlds. When the Witches Council
I found this to be a bit of a disappointing non-story with an "oh, that's it?" ending. (view spoiler)

Lots of things take place and there's the usual running around, baddies and an annoyi
BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
New to me author, Ms. Blake captures my attention within the first few words in her new series. Veiled Magic is an urban fantasy with a slightly offbeat character, Donata Santori. Donata is the black sheep in her family. She comes from wealth, lives in squalor and possesses an inquisitive mind. Her skills as a witch come in the form of talking to the recently deceased. What she really wants to do, is be a meaningful contributor to society as a law enforcement agent aka a cop. A bit of a wall-flo ...more
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (on the blog 1/15/18)

A new urban fantasy series by one of my favorite authors? Yes, please! Veiled Magic definitely caught my attention and was a fun time as a ragtag group of misfit paranormals are tasked with, well, saving the world.

The Gist: Donata's a bit bored at work. All her time is spent in the precinct basement and, well, she's ready to spread her wings as a cop and get out in the field. And then one minute you're t
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the author's Baba Yaga series so I eagerly accepted this one where she again weaves her creative magic in writing an entertaining Urban Fantasy story of witches, dragons, shapeshifters, and dark secretive forces set to tear apart the world. A small band of misfit paranormals takes on the powers that be and the powers that live in the shadows in this paranormal adventure with a hint of romance. It ended on a high, hopeful note that felt more like a new beginning than an end.

The s
Stephanie  G
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
After interrogating a spirit, Donata Santori finds herself in possession of a mystical portrait that human and paranormals alike would kill to get their hands on in this thrilling urban fantasy.

Donata seeks help from two unlikely and attractive allies and the reader can’t help but get caught up in all the excitement as Donata becomes caught in the middle of two wars. Lots of spine tingling excitement as the danger escalates and guarantees that there is never a dull moment as a war for the posses
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review through net galley. From the beginning I was hooked. Witches, dragons, shape shifters yes please! Donata works at the police force and is a witch who
Basically talks to the spirits of those murdered so she can find out what happened and hopefully who murdered them. Well she ends up getting pulled into a case that could affect all paranormals and finds herself in more danger then she has ever been in her life. Bring in a sexy bear shape shifte
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I gave it 3.5 stars

I really enjoy books where the main character is a police officer and I have enjoyed Blake's Baba Yaga series, so picking up a review copy of VEILED MAGIC was an easy choice.

VEILED MAGIC starts off on the slow side, but things really pick up when multiple people start threatening and giving Donata ultimatums to get her to do what they want. I enjoyed Donata's character. I liked what she does for a living with her magic and I liked her personality. There are actually some great
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)

Trying out a brand new series is always a little bit of a risk, especially if you haven't read the author before and especially if it is Urban Fantasy. UF has the potential to be fabulously rich and imaginative and gives an author the chance to break down the world and build it with a brand new set of rules, which is all part of the reason why it is my favourite genre. Of course, you could say this is true about most genres, but I have always viewed UF as having the most potential, as it isn
Rhonda Stees-marcial
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I have been searching for a replacement for my Rachel Morgan fix and I found it.

I really enjoyed the character of Donata. always sure of herself, she never really needed saving once. No wishy-washy heroine here and I loved it. Only drawback, and it`s small, I hate love triangles, and there could turn out to be one. Go buy it and read it!
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book

I really love the authors Baba Yaga series so I decided to give this one a try. While I thought this book was entertaining it didn't reach to the same level of awesomeness as the Baba Yaga series.
Harald Koch
I just can’t anymore. Wow. DNF 60%.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Veiled Magic: 1
Solidly written UF with a likable, sympathetic main character. Donata is smart, competent, and determined. It's a nice change from sassy and stupid. The world building is nicely spooled out - not too pedantic and not too mysterious. It's very well done. Add to that solid characterization and an action-driven plot, this is a very good start to the series. Definitely want to read the next book. I'm giving it 3.5 stars because the ending was a bit sloppy, but a solid read otherwise,
Fangs for the Fantasy
Donata Santori is a witch working for the police – one of the future supernaturals that are publicly known to the general population. But even with her useful ability to speak to the dead doesn’t make her very popular with her fellows.

Just when she’s starting to get out of the basement and be trusted one of those ghosts comes to her with a mission that not only risks that newfound trust – but also her life. There’s a painting that holds not just all the secrets of the paranormal races (which the
3.5 stars

I was introduced to Deborah Blake’s works when I read her Baba Yaga series. So when I saw that she would release a new series – featuring a cop! – I couldn’t resist to request the ARC. I love both urban fantasy and murder mystery, so I thought the blurb for Veiled Magic was pretty intriguing.

The world of Veiled Magic is pretty ‘common’ in urban fantasy, including the supernatural beings, therefore I didn’t experience too many difficulties grasping the idea. Here, there are five
Oct 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession

VEILED MAGIC was an interesting start to what I hope will be a new series. The premise was very intriguing and while the plot moved along a bit slowly, that's to be expected at the introduction to a new paranormal world due to all the world building. And let me say that it was a very interesting world. There's a plethora of various supernatural characters, factions, and magical angles and when you add that into the rather unique plot, I was pr
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
According to Deborah Blake’s author’s notes this is the book that got her an agent. While she got an agent the book sat on the shelf unpublished until now.

There are some really interesting takes on the paranormal in Veiled Magic. The world building and back story are both revealed in action and dialog as the story progresses. Characters are introduced as they are needed to keep the plot moving.

I found the story to be exciting and tension filled. Donata Santori is a great character. She is a witc
 Reading In Pajamas
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
✦Review: Veiled Magic by Deborah Blake
Publication Date: November 17, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this fast paced quirky story of Donata the witch who finds herself in the middle of a mystery. I liked how the author pulled in the inquisition, giving it a twist that is quite fun and perfect fuel for more books. At times the story became a little convoluted but she managed to reign it in without losin
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a great paranormal book that one can only hope is book 1 of a long series. Witches are now accepted by the humans but the fae, dragons, shapeshifters and more are still unknown to humans. Donata is a witch who works for the police talking to the dead, helping to solve crimes. When a magical cursed painting is found next to a dead museum expert, his ghost asks for help keeping the painting away from evil doers. Well written, great characters and a wonderful story line make this a great book.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A Witch and a Half-Dragon become involved with uncovering the hidden image underneath a painting. But this hidden picture is said to reveal the true natures of the five races and possibly expose a sixth race thought to be merely a myth. Chased by both Alliance and Cabal fanatics, and hampered by a curse on the painting itself, can they unravel the mystery or will there be a second Inquisition that could destroy the Paranormals. I enjoyed this tale and the main characters of Donata, Peter and Mag ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Characters and the story were likeable. I hope she continues with this series.
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This counts towards the Cliterary Genius discussion 2016 A to Z book challenge. Letter: V
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love the magical realism that Blake brings to her work. She manages to take the world of today, Wicca and our daily social struggles and create a world that is entirely her own. It is the most enjoyable and wonderful way to become immersed in a story. Especially when Donata is such a relatable and thrilling character to take you on such a whirlwind adventure.

I’ve had this novel on my ereader for ages, but actually finding the time to sit there and read it has been a whole other story. No matte
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Veiled Magic had some promise but didn’t deliver. After reading enough UF with kick-ass protagonists, Donata was bland and disappointing. The budding love triangle was trite. She had more chemistry with her boss than with either of the two manly men - so handsome, so alpha, blah blah. (Side note; why is it cute when someone persists in using a nickname someone else hates? Isn’t that just obnoxious?)
The story didn’t really grip me or make me feel like I as sucked in in any way.
At the end of the
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really like this author's Baba Yaga series and it's spin off, so I thought I would check this one out. Sadly it didn't work out for me. I made it 5 chapters before giving it up and didn't really connect with the story from the start, despite really liking the blurb about the book. It just seemed boring to me. In the end this one just wasn't for me. ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quite a good start to the series. I really liked Donata and all of the other characters. I could do without the potential love triangle but not much happened with it in this book so who knows where she will take it down the road. Very little romance. Mostly urban fantasy. Entertaining if you like this genre.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a lot of potential in this series. I love Deborah Blake's Baba Yaga series, this one I found frustrating and I want to know where the series is going before I read any more. Great characters and interesting storyline but........ ...more
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Deborah is the author of twelve non-fiction books on modern witchcraft and a tarot and oracle decks from Llewellyn and the Baba Yaga series, The Broken Rider series, and the Veiled Magic series (mostly from Berkley) as well as a few stand-alone novels.

Deborah lives in a 130 year old farmhouse in upstate NY with multiple cats, and runs an artists' cooperative shop when she's not writing. She believ

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