Above the Veil

Above the Veil Bestselling author Garth Nix s amazing Seventh Tower series is back now with a great new look The Underfolk are restless For a long time they have kept quiet occupying the lower levels of the Castle

  • Title: Above the Veil
  • Author: Garth Nix Steve Rawlings
  • ISBN: 9780439176859
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bestselling author Garth Nix s amazing Seventh Tower series is back now with a great new look The Underfolk are restless For a long time, they have kept quiet, occupying the lower levels of the Castle But now they are going to be heard Tal and Milla are no longer alone in their quest for the truth about their world They have been joined by Crow, a rebel Underfolk, aBestselling author Garth Nix s amazing Seventh Tower series is back now with a great new look The Underfolk are restless For a long time, they have kept quiet, occupying the lower levels of the Castle But now they are going to be heard Tal and Milla are no longer alone in their quest for the truth about their world They have been joined by Crow, a rebel Underfolk, and his band of conspirators They know many secrets about the Castle and are on the verge of uncovering the greatest secret of all The darkness is growing deeper The shadows are growing stronger And Tal and Milla are in greater danger than ever before.

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    About "Garth Nix Steve Rawlings"

    1. Garth Nix Steve Rawlings

      Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing Hail the Conquering Hero Comes or possibly Roll Out the Barrel Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra the federal capital and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver Reed typewriter.Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher s sales representative, and editor Along the way he was also a part time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994 1997, till he became a full time writer in 1998 He did that for a year before joining Curtis Brown Australia as a part time literary agent in 1999 In January 2002 Garth went back to dedicated writer again, despite his belief that full time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.He now lives in Sydney with his wife, two sons and lots of books.

    491 thoughts on “Above the Veil”

    1. Above the Veil gets a little more exciting still than the other books, and continues some character development on Tal's part. Nix did pretty well in making him sympathetic but consistently still learning -- you want to give him a Gibbs Headslap (you'll know what I mean if you watch NCIS), but at the same time, you understand where he's coming from.More interesting world building type stuff is going on in this book, too, and Nix's writing improves with each book.


    2. Book #3 of The Seventh Tower, AENIR, may have been the worst in the series, but I am happy to say that book #4, ABOVE THE VEIL, turned things around to become the best so far. Don't you just love underdog stories?It did take a while for Garth Nix to gain my trust back, but once he had it, he was back in force. A faction of Underfolk rebels that call themselves Freefolk, serious consequences for the characters' actions, tidal pools of molten crystal, giant venomous water spiders oh, yeah, baby, b [...]


    3. One of the elements of writing in this genre that Nix is particularly gifted at is creating original fantasies and worlds. This series is no exception. However, in comparison to some of his other works, especially The Abhorsen Trilogy, the exploration of this world and the characters within is weak at best. The story is interesting because Nix presents the audience with a new mythology, but he rushes through the plot, circumnavigating what could be some really amazing explorations of the world h [...]


    4. Tal of the Chosen and Milla of the Icecarls, during their time in Aenir, learn about a plot to take down the Veil - a magical barrier that separates the world into light and dark.Upon their return, Tal’s great-uncle Ebbitt was nowhere to be found. They find a note from Ebbit with cryptic instructions on how to find him. As the all-knowing Codex was too bulky to transport discreetly, and as they were unaware that the Codex could change its size, they decide to leave it in the mausoleum while th [...]


    5. Meh. Not a bad story, good elements but I struggled to connect with it as evidenced by the fact that it took me two years to read a 250 pg children's book.



    6. Above the Veil: Or, So the Drama, So the SunstoneTal and Milla get separated in this volume after much drama and fighting. Things aren't looking good for anyone. Milla is cranky and annoyed, wanting to rejoin her Shield Maidens. Tal is nervous and worried, trying to free his father and stop Sushin from whatever evil things he is up to. Oh that's right, to prevent the Veil from falling. Cause that would be bad. I think.Milla eventually rejoins the Shield Maidens, who think it is a great time to a [...]


    7. Tal and Milla are on a quest to save the veil. On the way the they are joined by the freefolk. They are failing in their quest but on the way Uncle Ebbit reveals that he has the codex of the chosen (a mystical book that answers all questions). During this journey Tal and Mila get seperated. Tal continues on the quest for the Veil while Mila rejoins her community the Icecarl to reclaim their territory. This book is exciting and I think has many crucial events which help you understand the rest of [...]


    8. This picks up with the quest of the Keystones with the Freefolk in tow. Crow Tal's old adversary makes a reappearance as the Shadows grow stronger.Whilst this book mostly serves to set up the last two it does it with an incredible amount of action and character development. I think most importantly in this Tal really begins to change his ways. It's in the little things when he doesn't always admonish the Underfolk or treat them poorly. He grows and works with Crow to reclimb the Red Tower where [...]


    9. Younger me: 5 starsAdult me: 5 stars*For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving the book. Please note, I do not really think books should have an age limit. People should read what they want to regardless of the intended age gro [...]


    10. After all the interesting revelations about Aenir, the Codex and the history of the Veil in the last book, Book 4: Above The Veil paled in comparison. This one advances the plot (we learn of the existence of the Freefolk) and has lots of action, but was still not as enjoyable as the first three. I read the first three books together in an omnibus edition, but it took me a few months to track down the last three. In the meantime I re-read The Golden Compass and it really struck me how reminiscent [...]


    11. This book was amazing. I wasn't sure how this one would continue the story, but it really did a great job. Really one of my favorite things about this book is how short it is. In all honesty, this whole series could probably be condensed into 2, maybe 3 books, just by combing books. But it is SO much more enjoyable and relaxing this way. My favorite part, though? Milla. I love her character arc, and overall development and the huge part she plays in this story (and that awful cliffhanger, too.)A [...]


    12. Book four of the series takes Tal and Milla to meet with the Freefolk in the castle. I'm still really enjoying the overall storyline of this series, but smaller questions are starting to creep in that are bothering me. All of a sudden Tal is super powerful with his sunstone even though he's had no more training, so how is he all of a sudden not just a boy that hadn't even paid attention in Lectorium? Also, suddenly everyone seems to know Sushin is bad and that all the Chosen of the keystones are [...]


    13. I really enjoyed this series of Science Fiction books by Garth Nix, which are aimed at a juvenile/young adult audience. The author does a good job of creating new, unfamiliar but believable societies, including the privileged Castle dwellers known as the Chosen and the seemingly more primitive and clan-oriented Icecarls who live out in the frozen wilds of the Dark World. Throw in the magical world of Aenir from which Shadowguards and Spiritshadows are bound (enslaved?) to Chosen at age 13 1/2, a [...]


    14. In this story, Tal and Milla are fleeing from Sushin and his followers and while escaping, run into Crow and the Freefolk - Underfolk who wish to be free from their slave-like existence. The Freefolk are less than friendly, but eventually, Tal and Milla survive and find Tal's Great Uncle Ebbitt with the Freefolk and Tal and Milla go their separate ways. Tal and Crow attempt to find a way to rescue Tal's Father and the other missing sunstone Guardians and Milla goes back to the ice to warn the Cr [...]


    15. This was one of my favorite book series when I was younger, and it introduced me to fan fiction. It is also one of my (nearly) complete series. The concept of a world without the sun is very interesting and refreshing. The main characters act as they, in their established backgrounds/societies, should. They also have very good character development. Though a little dark for a children's/middle grade book series, the vocabulary used and the qualities of the characters are still appropriate. The p [...]


    16. Brings back memories looking at the old covers, while comparing with the originals.Oh right the book.Having gotten their newly appointed shadows, Tal and Milla meet new company in Crow and his group considered the Underfolk, who live below the castle.As Tal, Milla and co try to find anything info they can on a certain someone, Tal hopes to his family again.Keeps getting more and more interesting as the story plays out. Crow, for some reason, remember he annoyed me. At first anyway.Still a good a [...]


    17. Tal and Milla have gone their separate ways. Milla to report and give herself to the ice, and Tal to the top of the Red tower to figure out how to save his father. Tal has to rely upon a former slave/underfolk called Crow who is bitter, angry, and willing to do anything to free his people and hurt the Chosen. Tal has come to the realization that everything he has thought was true is no longer the case. Milla assumes that she knows what the crones will decide once she reports to them. Will they a [...]


    18. These books are so short that I don't have a lot of new things to say about this installment of the series. My opinion is more of the whole series. So why did this particular book only get 3 stars? Well, while the status-quo was maintained, I didn't get any surprises from this plot. It kept the story moving and that was great, but nothing above that stood out to me (especially now that I'm writing this a few weeks down the road.) So it only gets 3. Still respectable. Or maybe it is being unfairl [...]


    19. A very good installment in the series. Action-packed and giving both Tal and Milla their own times to shine. Tal really is going through some character growth and I'm excited to see the end result. Milla also, though maybe not quite as drastic. I do like her character though, and how she doesn't always fall into the stereotypical soft-on-the-inside-hard-on-the-outside warrior woman. Sometimes when Tal gets all mopy, she's just like, "Dude, suck it up. Wimp." and I really like that.I also want to [...]


    20. he more I read in this series the more I enjoy the story. Each of the characters is growing up a little more with each installment and the plot line evolves into something more intricate and enveloping. I’m surprised at some of the plot twists, which is nice to have for a change especially in a YA novel. And although I’m pretty sure I know how this book is going to end, I’m still excited to get there.


    21. This book was highly exciting! I thought it was very intense when Crow went all traitor on Tal and Tal thought he just ruthlessly and bloodthirstily murdered his wacko great uncle and all those other nice people who got 'squished' by falling rocks! That sounds repetetantI hope that's how you spell it!


    22. I didn't think I would like the series but I did. It was amazing and kept my thinking for a long time even after I put down the book to sleep. It was so good that I dreamed about it and put myself in the feet of the protagonist's. :DI apologize if this review isn't all that good, I read the books a while ago and have only just realised I hadn't rated and added this book to my Shelf.


    23. This book was full of action. I really enjoyed it as a part of the Seventh Tower series. However, as a novel independant of the series, it left a lot unanswered. Reading the previous three novels is imperative to understand the plot of this novel. Also, it ends in a "to be continued" sort of way.


    24. with barely any plot movement forward you could say the most of this book could be condensed and tacked onto the next book in the series. although its still a good read i feel that some the anticipation i had from the other books waned a bit


    25. I just have to say it.The cover of this book is absolutely HIDEOUS.And the story? Well, I found it lacking.Unless you like a story with terrible character development and a plot that plunks around from one thing to the next with zero forethought.


    26. Good tension at every turn. Wish it wouldn't end with the battle of the castles preparation. It leaves you wondering what happened to Ebbit, Inkie, Clovil, Ferek and Crow. 5/5 for this book! Great work!





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