The Veil of Corruption
Book 2 - The Virus of Beauty Series
November 24, 2020
The Veil no longer protects witches, it attacks them, and Wilf is being blamed for the corruption to the spell.Wilf would like to return to his normal teenage life, but he can't rest until his stepsister, Myra, is caught and brought to justice. It's been three days since she took to the skies above Hong Kong and disappeared. To find her he must use magic, but Wilf would rather embrace his witch friend, Katryna, than his wizard powers. Katryna is kidnapped and Wilf realizes that he'd do anything to save her even if it means risking his own life.
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A young wizard faces magical repercussions after he heroically helps some witches in this YA fantasy sequel.
In the first book of this lively series, fledgling wizard Wilf Gilvary, a soccer-playing teenager in Hong Kong, used newfound powers to cure witches of a magic-killing virus. Unfortunately, the magical Veil, a spell separating the witch and wizard domains, was corrupted in the process. Now, the Council of Wizards expects its witchy counterparts, newly headquartered in the Hong Kong store formerly owned by Wilf's father, to turn Wilf over to them to undo the damage. The wild ride that ensues in the crumbling Magical Realms encompasses the protagonist's changing relationship with young witch Katryna Wakefield; his eerie, seemingly impossible connection with the Guardian of the Veil; his fugitive stepsister, Myra Picton; and chilling experiments by Katryna's wizard father and his assistant, Malik, to create an alternative to the Veil in the "normal" world. Lyall skillfully juggles each fantastical plot point while shifting perspectives between Wilf and Myra. Along the way, the author never loses sight of the grounding, real-world dilemmas faced by her characters, including addiction, betrayal, gender conflicts, and, significantly, the issue of consent when Malik forces Myra to bond with him using a magic bracelet. Throughout, Wilf continues to struggle with his identity as a wizard, which he'd never sought for himself: "He had never thought of magic as surrounding him before....He had thought he could escape, walk through a door, and exit this life. But that wasn't true. His every breath was touched with magic." The novel ends with a suspenseful teaser of what's to come in the next installment.
A dynamic YA series entry that continues to combine realistic adolescent issues with imaginative, magic-based fantasy. Kirkus Reviews