Nobody’s Goddess (Never Veil #1)
Published: 21st April, 2015
Age: Young Adult
From: Chapter by Chapter
In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.
Seventeen-year-old Noll isn’t in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.
Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.
What I liked: Imagine a world where every man is intended to love one woman, but the life of this man hinges on the balance that this one woman returns his love because if any woman sees his face before that one woman loves him, he dies. That’s the basic premise of Nobody’s Goddess, but it’s not just that simple. It gets a lot more complex. While the beginning of the book starts out a bit slow, its paced that way to ease you into the world and how everything works. In this world, it is the women who have the power, unintentionally or not. Every man in the village must wear a mask so that no woman can look upon their face before the day the one woman who is supposed to love them, loves them in return. If not, they will never be unmasked and if they go to the Returning and take of their mask without this woman, this “goddess” to him, loving him. He will vanish. There’s not a whole lot I can give away without making some form of a spoiler, but know that this book is much better than I ever expected it to be. Noll is a brave and daring character, but stubborn as all get out when it comes to certain things. Jurji is a character who I was back and forth with, and one of his reveals about himself was, honestly, a little shocking and I did not expect it. Noll’s relationship with the different members of her family is easy to see with how her personality and priorities clash against theirs.
What I didn’t like: Some of the characters were harder to connect to than others, and for me on occasion it was a little hard to connect with Noll and the choices that she makes.
Overall Review: This book is different from any fantasy book I’ve read before in its concept. It treads the path less traveled, and manages to make a great story that readers can enjoy and love. With its twists and turns in the story and how Noll goes about doing what she believes she needs to, this story is far different from what you would expect from the summary. It’s fresh, entertaining, imaginative, and all together a book that I love! You can definitely bet I will be eagerly awaiting the second installment in this series!
Recommend?: Definitely! There’s so much more to this book than I can tell you without some form of spoiler about what happens, but just know it is definitely worth your time to read!
My Rating: 4.6/5
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About the Author
Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing on business and marketing topics and primarily crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.
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