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…
Worldbuilding: The world of the Devil’s Isle series promises to be super rich in paranormal elements – angels, fey-like folk, sensitives (original concept), wraiths, etc -, an abundance that is in no way suffocating or oppressive. Rather the dystopia-flavored world presents its copious elements gradually, gently almost, introducing us to a world of tension, strife, intrigue and love. I wouldn’t say this is a groundbreaking approach, except the sensitives concept there wasn’t anything particularly now about the fantastical world, except the Veil concept which I enjoyed.
Characters: Claire was a really fun and interesting MC. I liked a lot about her, her personality, her motivations, her actions. Another readhead, you’ll say, lol, and she is indeed, with green eyes to boot – I hate these creatures, lol! I so wish I had green eyes, lol. Moving on. I didn’t outright love her for some odd reason, and I’m not sure what exactly kept me from going that one step further. But I loved reading about her, and the way she saw the world was very fun and interesting, without a doubt.
I really liked Liam too, and the possibilities of this duo 😀 Other characters were interesting as well, and I really enjoyed the sense of togetherness that I got from Claire’s friends, and also from Liam’s side. Plus I felt the characters were quite diverse, which is always a big plus for me.
Plot: The post-war, ruined world trope was very well used in The Veil, without overdoing or omitting anything significant. The pressure and friction of the post-war world was very well presented too, with a lot of tension, enough conflict and action to keep me hooked all through. The romantic tangent was probably my fav, and I’m looking forward to following how things go from here on.
Writing: First person, past tense narrative from Claire’s POV. Great amount of details without going overboard with them, ie becoming too descriptive. Everything felt just right.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – and a highly attractive author name to boot 😀
This was my first Chloe Neill read (shocking, I know. Shut up 😛 ), and I really enjoyed it. It was a bit too dystopia-like for my personal tastes maybe, I mean the whole post-war setting is really not one of my favorites, but Chloe Neill made it work for me as much as it could’ve worked. I really liked the characters, the relationships, the story.
And I’m looking forward to more of the Devil’s Isle!