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Broken Veil

(Harbinger #5)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  5,729 ratings  ·  407 reviews
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler’s epic Harbinger series comes to a breathtaking conclusion as two women are swept into a battle that could destroy two worlds.

Rescued from a world of poverty, Cettie Pratt has avoided a bleak destiny—until now. Deceived and manipulated, she has been groomed for the ultimate betrayal: to destroy her best friend and stop pe
Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by 47North
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Tessa Dysart
I really liked the beginning of this series, and I have read many, if not most, of Jeff Wheeler's books, especially the ones set in this same "world." But, I didn't love this final book in the Harbinger series (and I didn't really love book 4 either). I think that my biggest complaint was that it just got too complicated. There was too much cross over from past books (I felt that I should be remembering more), and the religious elements got too confusing and overwhelmed the story.

I do appreciate
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Jeff Wheeler is without a doubt one of my favorite fantasy writers.  His stories are generally based on a real life historical occurrence and then fleshed out fully into a world of magic and fantasy.   His talent lies in world building and weaving his series together across centuries and worlds.  When reading anything by Wheeler, I'm dorkishly happy to find the exact moment when a completely new series with completely new characters ties seamlessly into a previous book.  I also love when a great ...more
5 Whole Stars and I will give more if I could

I cannot tell you how beyond excited I was when I receive this advanced copy for this awesome conclusion of Harbinger Series.

First of all, I so LOVE the cover art and I would like to give major props to the designer. It's very impressive and it tells you how fantastic and magnificent the Sky Manors are that Jeff Wheeler created.

"The veil within the universe had broken."

In this finale, Cettie of the Fells and Empress Sera's characters evolved
Eric Allen
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a 5 star book.

And then the ending happened.

I am extremely disappointed that the author decided to go the divine intervention route to resolve everything in the end. It cheapens everything these characters have been through up to this point. What was even the point of the 5 books leading up to it, if god was going to step in, wave his hand, and make all of the bad go away? Any time an author resorts to divine intervention I immediately knock two stars off of the rating for it.
Sue Olp
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one book I was waiting on pins and needles to read. "Broken Veil" is the fifth in the Harbinger series, written by fantasy author Jeff Wheeler, who I think is a master at building suspense. And truth be told, "Prism Cloud," book four in the series took readers (including me) on a roller coaster ride that left me wrung out. Characters I thought I knew went in different directions and left me wondering how Wheeler could possibly tie all the strings together in the last book of the series a ...more

Wheeler still managed to get a lot of the "don't ask questions and the sky daddies will take care of you, you will be able to claim nobility in action, free will is the downfall of humanity" drivel in this one, too.

If you can overlook that call to inaction it was a somewhat satisfying end to what I think is the best of the series in Wheeler's universe. It was certainly emotionally evocative even if a bit over fraught with self flagellation in spots. I can't help but wonder if the last though
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars

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This is a satisfying ending to a good YA Fantasy series. Most of the storylines are wrapped up, and there is a juicy cliffhanger that is surely a hint for a new series.

This book focuses mainly on Cettie's journey back to the person she used to be before she was tricked into going with her father and mother to the poisoner's school. She has trained hard and become quite adept, however she still can't wipe the Fitzroy fami
Gwendolyn Brooks
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think one of my favorite things about this series is the level of personal development that each character goes through as the story unfolds. I like the themes of the hero's quest, that our character is developed by our choices both great and small, and that redemption is possible when we recognize and openly confess our faults and then work towards not repeating them in some other form. I especially liked the way the relationships between the characters grew and developed throughout this seri ...more
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rescued from a world of poverty, Cettie Pratt has avoided a bleak destiny—until now. Deceived and manipulated, she has been groomed for the ultimate betrayal: to destroy her best friend and stop peace from uniting two war-torn worlds. Her path leads her to a mysterious underworld where appearances can be deceiving.

Sera Fitzempress knows the value she has to her enemies. As heir to the empire, she must keep her foes at bay and prevent them from unleashing a being of unspeakable evil upon the worl
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook

I was going to rate the story 3 stars but I decided to go with 2.5 Stars. I've enjoyed the Harbinger series and it's odd to have a book feel out of place within the series. The contents in this book could be cut up into two books and one or more short stories. I did not like how the majority of the story was told in awkward summaries. A lot of 'talking at' the audience and a bit of showing by unrolling the plot. The narrative voice I've come to think of as the Harbinger series popped up to
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah man! What an amazing final installment in an incredible series! I enjoyed every book in the series and can't believe it's over! I almost want to read it all over again! 😊 ...more
Madeleine Myers
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have put off writing this review because I struggled with the 5-stars I always want to give Jeff Wheeler's amazing books. Like so many other readers, I found Book 4 in this series painfully grim, the tension unrelieved, except for the brief interplay between Sera and Trevon, which fell a bit short of Wheeler's handling of the romantic interests of his other series. I did not think Cettie would give in to the myriad ones so easily, and her true father's death was almost too much. After such a c ...more
What a fantastic series this was! I really enjoyed each book and this final installment brought everything together perfectly . I loved "watching" Cettie and Sera grow up from book 1 until this final one. Literally and figuratively.... they started out as around 12 in book one and by this final book they were 18/19 ish. Each book was a different time in their life as they learned new things and became more powerful and their own right. So many other characters that I grew to care for and watch t ...more
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jeff Wheeler is one of my favorite authors. He has created these worlds that are so complete with everything thought out and described so well that I truly can picture it as I'm reading.

This is the last book in the spellbinding Harbinger series and I am truly sad that the stories are over. I am so glad to see how everything came together and worked out in the end. The strength and complexity of the characters is remarkable and you can't help but to feel all the emotions of their trials and trib
Philip Lane
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great conclusion to a great series!

I always devour Jeff's books whenever a new series is released and now, alas, I must endure the wait for the next one!

Redemption, hope, treachery, deceit, torture, and love mix together with a little help from The Medium (or is it The Knowing, or even The Fountain?) and for once, the ultimate conclusion lies with the people, and not with the magic to provide a solution.

Be warned - once started, it is very hard to put it down (not that you'll want to)!
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
I won a free copy of this book prior to being released to the public, but rather than write a review of just this volume I decided to do the entire Harbinger series.

Jeff Wheeler is a master storyteller, and the Harbinger series is just the latest example. Wheeler loves to take elements from medieval history and weave them into his novels. As a result, his books have an authentic feel to them lacking in other authors' fantasy efforts. His main characters are usually not static, but tend to change
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
An unfortunately lackluster finish to a series I generally enjoyed. The second half felt like the set up for another book series.
Derek Jordan
Feb 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm not positive I liked this ending.. not because the ending was bad, but because I feel as if characters did things at some unexpected turns - and even what I felt was a jarring change in the last book just took another one in this one which pretty much made me not trust the way the last one told the story. Then again... people can be like that and maybe it's a bit more true to life than I realized. I still have issue with the lack of reader getting to see these take place at times and there a ...more
Iryna Paprotska
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic-shelf
I loved how the story unfolded in the Broken Veil and how the trilogy ended. I do think this is an awesome conclusion of Harbinger Series.
Bringing back Owen and the nostalgic memories the way Jeff does is very pleasant. And this book gives both Cettie and Sera an equal amount of attention.
I still like Jeff's Wheeler writing and storytelling. I'll be keeping an eye open to see what he is going to create next :)
Charlotte Coleman
What an ending to the series! I hope this takes off like Harry Potter to be honest and gets made into films! I felt like I’d been on a journey with all the characters and everything was rounded off well and how I wanted! A fantastic read itself but a great round up book with still so much happening in it to end the series! Recommend this highly to anyone who loved HP! X
Emmeline Joy
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, giveaways
thanks Goodreads giveaways for my free kindle copy!

I discovered the series through Kindle Unlimited, and was very impressed with the story and the quality. I'm happy I read the whole series.

It's written very simply, the characters are well done, and the world and civilizations Jeff Wheeler built was great. I'm glad for books that have some drama but can still have a proper ending and a happy one at the same time.

This final book concludes the series well, and wraps up nearly every character line
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m so sad this series is over! I loved the twists and turns that I didn’t expect and I loved how it ended (although I don’t feel that everything was resolved so a possible new series could happen in the future?!?) Cettie and Sera are two very strong women and two of my favorite characters of all time. This series was a great read!
Kryssi D'Eredita
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that he alludes to a new series.
Deborah A. Goodrich
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story

A great read. One I found hard to put down. A good ending to a good story. I highly recommended.
Allison Nunes
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. No words...
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
This last one had so much new material, characters, and theories that it was jam packed and I began to lose my attachment. To tie up loose ends better it could have been longer.
Lyndia Ramsey
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fully satisfying ending to a great series!
Ashley Lewis
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I adored this series and was entirely satisfied with the way it concluded.

This was my first series read by Jeff Wheeler and I am honestly so exited to dive into some of his other books from this world.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall I liked this series. This wasn’t my favorite series but I did enjoy that it incorporated the Kingfountain and Muirwood series into this and that there was a bit of a love story.
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Jeff took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, a devout member of his church, and is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state's majestic redwood groves. He is also one of the founders of Deep Magic: the E-zine of Clean Fantasy and Sc ...more

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