Nobody’s Lady (Never Veil #2) by Amy McNulty
Publication Date: April 12, 2016
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.
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Wow. I DEVOURED NOBODY'S LADY and its prequel NOBODY'S GODDESS in, like, two days. (while working a full-time job). And now I can't WAIT for book 3 (NOBODY'S PAWN, January 2017).
You *could* read NOBODY'S LADY without reading NOBODY'S GODDESS, bit I don't recommend it. I think you need to go through that journey with Noll to really get Book 2.
I loved the exploration of the consequences of the happenings in Book 1 (no spoilers--but the description of Book 2 is itself a bit of a spoiler for Book 1, so just, you know, go read it already). The concepts of love and identity are fascinating to watch play out--and a little frustrating, but in a good way.
And the love interest--well, that's the main reason I'm now dying for Book 3. I can say no more on that--too spoilery. ;)
Finally, I really appreciated how NcNulty brought in a whole new thread of mystery in Book 2. I like how the new mystery (again, no spoilers) saves NOBODY'S LADY from "book 2 syndrome"--like all the best sequels, it deepens and broadens the story in an unexpected way.
This was one of my favorite reads of 2016 so far. I highly recommend it for lovers of YA fantasy, romance, and mystery.
**I received a copy of the ebook for review.
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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 writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.