April 13, 2016
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Nobody’s Lady (Never Veil #2)
by Amy McNulty
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For the first time in a thousand years, the men in Noll’s village possess the freedom to love whom they will. In order to give each man the chance to fully explore his feelings, the lord of the village decrees all marriages null and void until both spouses declare their love for one another and their desire to wed again. What many women think will be a simple matter becomes a source of village-wide tension as most men decide to leave their families and responsibilities behind.
Rejected by the lord and ashamed of her part in the village’s history, Noll withdraws from her family and lives life as an independent woodcarver. This changes when her sister accuses her of hiding her former husband Jurij from her—and when Jurij eventually does ask to move in. Determined not to make the same mistakes, Noll decides to support her male friends through their new emotional experiences, but she’s soon caught up in a darker plot than she ever dared imagine possible from the men she thought she knew so well. And the lord for whom she still has feelings may be hiding the most frightening truth of them all.
Nobody’s Lady (Never Veil #2) by Amy McNulty
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
The World of Nobody’s Lady
by Amy McNulty
If I’m being honest, world building is really hard. Sometimes I wish I wrote more contemporary set in places familiar to me because I could just skip the world building entirely. However, in my favorite genres—fantasy and dystopian—the setting and the way the world operates are usually as essential to a plot as the characters and the conflict. Settings and world rules are often even responsible for the conflict.
Even so, I’ve “cheated” twice now in fantasy settings, isolating the places where the bulk of the action takes place by setting one series in a village entirely surrounded by mountains and another on an island kingdom. However, in The Never Veil Series especially, that isolation is an integral part of the story. What lies beyond the mountains that surround Noll’s village is barely thought about in Nobody’s Goddess and people only start to wonder more about it in Nobody’s Lady. (You won’t find out what’s there until Nobody’s Pawn.) Could a world in which men are magically compelled to fall in love and mask themselves until their love is returned exist if there were wanderers and traders who stopped by from other villages? Maybe. (Maybe the whole world is like that.) But if the other villages weren’t like that, then these visitors would start asking questions, and the women at least (not compelled by magic to love or accept love) would start thinking more about how strange their village is. However, since there are no such visitors, these bizarre rules are simply accepted as “normal” to everyone who lives there. It’s even absurd that Noll thinks differently, and people think of her as selfish for wishing things were different.
The rules of the magic and how everything came to be in Noll’s village posed a challenge for me, but it was important to try to provide as much detail as possible without it seeming like an info dump. There are a lot of strange occurrences in Nobody’s Goddess, although at least by Nobody’s Lady, there are fewer incidents of magic to explain. I promise by the end of the series, all questions should be answered. (I hope.) There were some revelations by the end of the first book, but there’s far more to it. Before Noll can get to a place where she’s ready to solve the mysteries and accept her role as a leader, she has to come to terms with what she’s done and also learn that isolating herself isn’t the answer. At the start of Nobody’s Lady, Noll is someone who doesn’t want to deal with the changes in her village but soon has no choice but to play a big role in the events affecting her fellow villagers.
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