The Serpent’s Veil

12 August 2009

The Serpent’s Veil
by Maggi Feehan
Published by Thistledown Press
Review by Judith Silverthorne
$18.95 ISBN 978-1-897235-56-0

Constance Stubbington wakes up in a hospital in London, England in 1899 after being thrown from a horse. The severe implications of her medical condition are withheld from her, as are the whereabouts of her father. In fact, she doesn’t recall much of her life at first, though there seem to be hints that she has spent some of her time in India during the time of colonialism. So begins Maggi Feehan’s intriguing first novel, The Serpent’s Veil.

As this tale unfolds, Constance experiences a series of flashbacks and dreams. She sometimes shares these with Ank Maguire, her Irish surgeon’s assistant, whom she comes to trust. They also discover they share a spiritual connection that sometimes gives them positive insights and sometimes seems to cause problems. Constance has especially strong intuitions, which help her unravel ten years of her personal journey as she pieces her life together while still in hospital.

They both have former lives and family traditions that haunt them. As they come to terms with these, they find that entering the world of intuition help transform them. This also brings the pair closer together in an unexpected way.

This novel is a memorable one, which alternates chapters between the two main characters. Their individual stories bring more depth and a multifaceted understanding as to why and how the pair is drawn to one another. The author also weaves the background of each character’s story with historic details that are spellbinding and informative. Personal perceptions captivate the reader as they are led through the impact of the birth and death of family members, and finding their own reasons for living.

The Serpent’s Veil explores everyday lives of the characters before and after they meet, and how sharing mystical revelations alters their consciousness and lives forever. Maggi Feehan’s powerful writing provides a satisfying tale.


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