Series: Devil's Isle #1
Published by NAL Trade on August 4, 2015
Genres: Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Urban Fantasy
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: James
Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.
Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.
Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.
But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…
I was quickly pulled into THE VEIL when Chloe Neill described the large box mounted cameras that would be triggered by magic use. The cameras carefully watching for anyone using magic or with magical abilities on most street corners instantly created a strong post-apocalyptic feel to the paranormal world that really peaked my interest. Neill created an incredibly rich world that felt very real. I’ve read many books that require a certain amount of suspension of belief, but that is not THE VEIL. THE VEIL portrays perfectly how I’d imagine a magically war torn city would look like.
Along with the amazing world, Chloe Neill populated THE VEIL with richly developed characters that I was able to really quickly connect with and care about. My only complaint about the characters was that I never felt the romance between Claire and Liam. It just seemed forced and formulaic.
Despite all the great things going for THE VEIL, the first book took a long time to get rolling. Claire gets instantly thrown into action, but that quickly fades, and we have to wait for the end of the book for things to start moving again.
I’d hoped that THE VEIL would be a stronger start to Chloe Neill’s new Devil’s Isle series. However, I’ll definitely be reading the next book when it comes out. Now that Neill’s set up the world we should be able to get thrown right into the action as things around Devil’s Isle get interesting.Series Titles:
- The Veil
- Harlequin Junkie - 4/5
- If you're looking for more books by the same author try Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill