Saturday 26 March 2022

Book Review: A Veil of Gods and Kings by Nicole Bailey (LGBT Fantasy)

Title: A Veil of Gods and Kings
Author: Nicole Bailey
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: 27 April 2022
Pages: 277
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: LGBT Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

A god fighting his fate. A prince burdened with secrets. And a romance that could end in flames.

Apollo is a deity… almost. Half mortal and refusing to take his position as god of the sun, he spends his nights drowning out haunting memories and his days avoiding responsibilities.

Until his father forces him into an ultimatum:

Ascend immediately.

Or spend the year mentoring under the obnoxious Prince Hyacinth.

Forced together, Apollo and Hyacinth grapple with their mutual disdain for each other.

But what starts as a kindling of irritation begins to burn into something new. A spark that, if it turns to flame, could incinerate everything they’ve always protected.


A Veil of Gods and Kings was a book I wanted to like more than I did. The story premise was interesting, and the writing was fine overall (despite a few minor things, such as incorrect use of lay vs lie, here and there). However, I struggled to connect with the characters and care about them. There were some fun moments, but I was never fully invested in the events taking place or the relationships forming. I was tired the couple of nights over which I read this, though, so, to be fair, that could also have been a factor. Overall, however, this was a middle-of-the-road read for me: not bad, but not a book that captivated me. As such, I am giving it three stars. It's worth taking a look if you like LGBT fantasy and books that re-imagine myth.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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