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The City of Veils

(Princess Vigilante #1)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  352 ratings  ·  101 reviews
For the past three years, Brynna has been patrolling the streets of Forcadel as a masked vigilante, protecting the innocent and beating up bad guys. Her current target is Lord Beswick, a slumlord businessman who keeps the townsfolk in a vicious poverty cycle. But one fateful evening, she's captured by Felix, the captain of the king's guard, and told a shocking truth: her f ...more
Paperback, 373 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Sun's Golden Ray Publishing
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Fae Crate
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So unique and full of plot twists and world building! I read this book in 2 days while on my honeymoon!
Cassie
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"If I had to pick a queen, I'd like someone who's been sacrificing herself for her people. Even if it has been as a masked vigilante."

This was a ride for sure, and I enjoyed it a lot.

I felt there were times where it was slow, but because I’m such a lover of character driven stories, I didn’t mind it being on the slower side. Also, I really loved the friendships and the loyalties in this book. The mystery of it all also kept me engaged the whole time. And boy, did the ending deliver. I’m reall
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McCaid Paul
*4.5*

I’m such trash for a good, old-fashioned murder mystery. Throw in a strong female lead like Brynna and I’m good to go.
But fantasy? Evans sure had me sold on this one.
The multiple genres packed into one made this all the more enjoyable, along with powerful character dynamics and a masked vigilante I wouldn’t want to meet up in an alley with any day.
The slow-burn mystery had just enough red herrings to throw the reader off track and prevent the end from becoming predictable. I personally c
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Sharon
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2-stars
Here are some of my thoughts:
• I like the idea of Brynna being a vigilante but also a princess. Starting out the story, it was difficult for me to have an emotional connection to her or any o the other characters. I wanted to feel more depth. However, hearing about how and why she became vigilante made me sympathize with her. She was very hot-blooded and nonsensical at times. I would think for a “harden vigilante who has supposedly done hardcore shit” throughout the past few years, she would be
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Kate
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[I bought this book on recommendation of one of my best friends, who is on the author’s street team & informed me of the author’s limited presale on this book before its official release]

I just finished the book, because once I finally got a chance to read it without being interrupted, I couldn’t put it down.

I have been left completely speechless. My brain is processing all of what I just read & having a meltdown because I need to know what happens next!

I legitimately cannot recommend this book
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Lilivette
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2018
The story that develops through The City of Veils is fun and intriguing. We follow our main character Brynna as she must leave behind the vigilante life she’s been used to for so long now and go back to the royal business she left behind the day she ran away. One of the things that made me fall in love with this story was how we’re able to see how the character’s grow not only in the story but also on you. Maybe at the beginning of the book you meet a character that you don’t know what to expect ...more
Energy
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brynna has fled her home to escape an unwanted marriage at a young age. Wanting what's best for her city, she trains and becomes the Veil, protecting the people of the city from corruption and more. While people don't know the woman behind the mask, they know of her good works, and they appreciate her helping out the city. But with the death of her father and then brother, Brynna needs to step up to become the queen the city needs, and it's not a role she really wants.

We have some excellent cha
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Kristin Wallin
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first, Brynna really annoyed me. I normally love Evan's characters and so I had to think about this. It was her refusal to take responsibility. I have always been the sort of person who has stepped up to responsibility/leadership. Brynna running away from her role and refusal to take it up again upon learning of her brother's death, causes a lot of conflict in the story.

I really liked her growth throughout the book and thought that the balance of her guard, Felix, being overprotective of her
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Maddie (bibliophilebindings)
I absolutely LOVE this book! Brynna is quite relatable and is definitely something when it comes to mischief. I am in absolute love with her personality. She knows her place and doesn't let people push her around. It is something I admire in her. She is also very witty and I couldn't get enough. Once I started, I didn't want to stop and I did cry a few times (just a few tear drops here and there).
The plot was well developed, in my opinion, and Evans really knows how to keep things interesting.
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Chelsea
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for you all to read this book!

I've always loved books with snarky female leads who can kick some ass. I never get tired of them. It just makes books that much more enjoyable. Brynna was a lot of fun in this book. She had A LOT going and OH MAN is she gonna have it rough in the next books but I can't wait to see how she pulls out. I feel a little bad for her because she was trying SO HARD to do the right thing but without this drama we wouldn't have a very good book now would we.
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
I really enjoyed the humor of this story and also, please, like I wasn’t going to read a book about a Princess Vigilante kicking ass and taking names and throwing the court into shock. Pfffft. This had my name all over it.

But honestly, I loved Brynna just being, well, Brynna. She’s rough around the edges and always wanting to push for action, she makes mistakes and keeps trying so, and so stubborn. So. Stubborn. Almost feel bad for Felix for having to watch over her, almost. It’s his own fault h
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Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
I am complete trash for novels involving princesses that hide under the guise of anonymity so they can protect their kingdom (bonus points for not wanting to rule), and The City of Veils by S. Usher Evans is no exception to this. While Brynna is working on bringing down a prominent businessman known for scamming civilians, she is taken in by the captain of the king’s guard and finds out both her father and brother have been murdered in less than a month. The murders leave behind a mystery and al ...more
Emily
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it

This book was such a wild ride. I love books that surprise me, and this one was no different. Brynna was such a single minded character. She was absolutely blinded by her resolve for justice. She couldn't see anything else in her path. Felix was perfect in every way and I just want to squish his poor, put upon cheeks. He really does his best and it was fun to watch the two of them clash at every turn.



I love Sush's heroine's because sometimes they are like watching a train wreck. I can see them r
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Sierra
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Throne of Glass, BUT GOOD. I loved this book! It got me so worked up and emotional at so many different points. I related a lot to Brynna. We are both so stubborn and bullheaded, unwilling to admit fault, it made reading her story feel like I was reading about a piece of myself. I’m GUTTED about where she ends up and where certain others are away from her. Pretty sure I would die for Felix and Kat, but I LOVE that Brynba is gonna throw down with.... and ally with.... ah too many spoilers. Bring ...more
Camillea
Note: I am rounding up my review to 3.5 stars.

Imagine if Robin Hood had been “kidnapped” and forced to become the King. Now, imagine if the Sheriff of Nottingham had been his ally slash enemy.

The City of Veils is a story of a princess who lives her life as a vigilante to help her people. Unfortunately, her nights of crimefighting is cut short when she is forced to take the throne. Now, Brynna is left with the choice of choosing to help her people from a position of political power or to fight c
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Bethany
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With her face hidden behind a hood/veil, Brynna protects the city of Forcadel. She works hard to bring down the slumlords who are taking advantage of the townspeople. But when Brynna’s father and brother die suddenly and unexpectedly, she becomes next in line for the throne. With her brother’s friend, Felix, insistence, she finds herself back at the castle.

Brynna has trouble with the council and adapting to her role as queen. She had more success on the streets. She makes a bargain with Felix t
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Sunny
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Lobs kindle across the room* I need the rest of the series! Stat!

The City of Veils is the story of a princess who feel so trapped in her royal life she runs away to become a masked vigilante in the capitol city of Forcadel. That is until the rest of the royal family dies under mysterious circumstances and the princess is hauled back to the castle to resume her royal life.

It's entertaining to watch the princess, Brynna, chafe under the restraint of her royal title. She spends the first half of t
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BELLE || of the || BOOKSHELVES
*Thank you to the author for providing an ARC/review copy of this book*

🌟🌟🌟🌟 ~ couldn't-put-it-down great

This is the first book in the Princess Vigilante series, and it's a great start to the series!

The main character, Brynna, reminds me a lot Celaena from Throne of Glass, minus the killing, appreciation of exquisite dresses and proud flaunting of her body. In fact, she acknowledges the nuisance of breasts with one of my favourite lines ever - 'It's not all that easy to swordfight when your tits
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Elizabeth
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie
SO MUCH FUN.
This is such a fantastic story in the tradition of Robin Hood and Green Arrow, except that I love Brynna's character SO much better than either of those. She's impulsive and passionate without ever being flaky. The world of the city and the palace is alive and intriguing, and the court espionage storyline is very exciting. There are also some wonderful moments in the relationships between Brynna and everyone around her, including the staff, other royals, and people of the city. A ver
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Grace Madonio
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
City.....of......Veils...... O.....M.......G.
I loved this book!!!!! It was full of great characters(Felix is my fav), an awesome plot, and one great ending! I highly suggest this book to anyone who read the Throne of Glass series. There are some similarities to the way the two women are in hiding and are thrust back into their royal titles.
This book is full of great fight scenes, emotional blows, and great moments of laughter. I highly suggest you all get a copy NOW!!!!!
Klancy
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2019
I absolutely loved this book.

Brynna has been protecting the city from thieves and has built a reputation as a vigilante. She prides herself on her work. But one night, she’s caught by the royal guard and everything she has built as a vigilante is put on the line.

The book is all about political intrigue. On one hand, the king and prince were murdered by poison and Brynna is determined to find the culprit. On the other, forgein diplomats come to visit the kingdom and Brynna is convinced a merchant
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Divya Ramji
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really interesting and fast paced book. The story flows beautiful and the main character is very intriguing. I received a free copy of the book from the author and this is my voluntary and honest review.
Debbie Eyre
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG I just love Brynna! A strong kick ass vigilante turned queen, she is a fantastic female lead character! Well written this fast paced story is addictive and the world the author has built is creative and well thought out and you can picture it all vividly! Great storyline, great characters, i can’t wait to read the next book!
Deni
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
It needed to slow down and allow character motivation and personality to develop.
Maurice Jones
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked it..an original "flip the script" fantasy tale, involving vigilantes,politics,action and romance of all things..and it all works! great plot line and characters,also.For added pleasure read the prequel,THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS,that's what got me started in the first place..The ending of "VEILS" was a shocker..can't wait to get to next book,good stuff!
Disney
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not that bad but I got pretty bored of all the politics and it was really hard for me to focus on the book for very long, until it got to more action and the main character having more feelings than just disdain for the throne.
I do want to read the second one though because the first one ended so abruptly.
Shruti
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
( I received a digital copy of the book. Thanks to S. Usher Evans !!!! )



This book was fabulous. The climax was the real deal sealer. I'm still reeling in from the aftereffects cause I got really caught up in the story and hadn't seen it coming at least not entirely. So it was really surprising.


Brynna reminded me a bit of Jaron from the False Prince. She the same spirit and attitude. But Jaron always had a plan and she never really did. Also she was a little too reckless unlike Jaron. But I think
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Ciera ( bubblynbookish )
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder, mystery, AND fantasy, AND the main character is a badass lady? Yes please! I’ve never read anything by S. Usher Evans before but I definitely enjoyed this read. It’s fun following Brynna, a Princess Vigilante on her journey. She has a lot going on right now having to go back home to become the Queen her city needs her to be. I am not done reading the story yet but I’ve heard the ending is twisty and I’m so excited about it!
*I voluntarily reviewed this after receiving a free copy
*I will
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Heather Blair
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 The ending was very, very good, but I had....issues.
Amna  the_book_witch_of_hogwarts
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-arcs
Starting with the characters, Brynn is a different product of the author. Been read Evan’s books and being a fan of her writing, I always noticed that the main characters of her books always are very responsible ones. Here, our princess is the opposite of that. I loved the character Brynna. Her character is quite relatable. Strong, ambitious and patriotic. I really loved the way she was yearning for freedom. Her will power is another aspect that impressed me throughout the story. She was dedicat ...more
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S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a "real job" as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for ...more

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