Series: Devil's Isle #1
Published by New American Library on August 4th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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…
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Plot: A shopkeeper with a secret puts it all on the line to save a life, and gets help from an unexpected quarter. The Veil shattered seven years ago, bringing war, death, and magic. Closing the Veil contained the threat, and those caught on this side were locked away behind walls. However, the residual magic impacted some of the humans too – and now a new threat is turning them to wraiths.
The Characters: Claire Connelly runs her father’s shop, staying under the radar lest she’s arrested for practicing magic and locked up in Devil’s Isle. When she breaks cover to save someone’s life, a bounty hunter comes to her rescue. And Claire learns so much more about what goes on in her NOLA, including who her friends really are.
The Story: The Veil focuses on the background and character development in the beginning, which might be slow for some, but was just right in this instance, for me. Once Neill has everything and everyone set up, the pace picks up considerably and doesn’t let up until it’s done.
The Veil is a welcome addition to the genre, and I enjoyed Neill’s storytelling – though I’m a teensy-weensy bit disappointed that Claire isn’t as snarky as Merit. 😉 I can’t wait to see where this new series goes from here.
drey’s rating: Excellent!
Have you read The Veil? What did you think?