Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Review: The Veil by Chloe Neill

Series: Devil's Isle #1
Release Date: August 04, 2015
Publisher: NAL Trade
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★

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…

Being a fan of Chloe Neill and her Chicagoland Vampire series, I was excited to see a new Urban Fantasy series by her.  Neill always writes an interesting world with entertaining characters.  The Veil is no different, in that regard.

Claire lives in the remnants of a war zone. New Orleans was at the heart of a battle between humans and supernaturals after the Veil that separated both worlds, ripped.  She has stayed in New Orleans, her home, to try and salvage what life is left in the city she loves.  But she isn't the same girl she was before the war and her developing abilities threaten her tentative freedom.

Liam Quinn could be her savior or her ultimate downfall. 

There was quite a bit I liked about Claire. Her raw determination, for one. She lets little stop her and is always looking out for others, even strangers and even if it puts her life in danger. I do wish a little more of her personality would have shined through. There were brief moments when it came through and made me smile, made me connect with her, I wish they would not have been so few and far between though.

Liam didn't give me quite the same grief. We don't know much about him, he's mysterious. That all felt purposeful with him. I think, as readers, we are supposed to wonder about him. He's written with just enough tease and suspense to have me really looking forward to the next book.  As is his brother, mmm - two somewhat mysterious hotties!

As for the post war world that Neill created; I loved it. It had a desperate feel to it but still had so much life and hope.

The real thorn in my side was the flow. At times it was a tad slow and others it felt too rushed. I'm keeping an open mind because it's the first of the series and it's a world that requires substantial build. I'll definitely be reading the next book, I just wasn't over the top in love with The Veil. I had hoped to be, but hey, can't win them all.

Chloe Neill is the New York Times bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires Novels, the Devil's Isle Novels, and a YA series, the Dark Elite. Chloe was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest. When she's not writing, she bakes, works, and scours the Internet for good recipes and great graphic design. Chloe also maintains her sanity by spending time with her boys--her husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.

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