Author: Chloe Neill
Series: Devil's Isle #1
Published by: NAL
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
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…
The Veil isn’t the first book by Chloe Neill I’ve read, but it sort of feels like it is. It’s been years since I read Some Girls Bite, and it’s quite different than this one. I had a really good feeling about The Veil, and I’m happy to say my instincts were correct.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Veil and found it completely engaging. There are a few elements that are similar to other books I’ve read, but it still manages to feel unique and totally captivating.
I love the New Orleans setting, it’s actually a big reason I decided to read The Veil. This isn’t NOLA like we know it today, though. It’s now a former war zone from when Paranormals broke through the Veil from the Beyond, but it definitely still has the NOLA vibe.
Claire turned out to be a wonderful heroine. She tries hard to keep her abilities to herself, but when it comes down to it, she steps up when she’s needed. She’s pretty badass and brave without being in your face about it. Not to mention funny, especially when it comes to Liam and his brother.
Oh, Liam! This guy is a bounty hunter who catches wraiths. He has the type of cockiness that will having you grinning hard. At the same time, he’s steady and supportive.
I absolutely love-love the easy connection between Claire and Liam. Their conversations and banter were so smooth and felt natural, they constantly put a smile on my face.
There’s a strong set of secondary characters too. I adore Claire’s family formed of close friends! When it comes to Gavin though, he’s for sure my favorite. Oh man, between him and Liam, it gets very entertaining.
Overall, The Veil is an excellent start to a new urban fantasy series! I loved it and can’t wait to see what the author has is store for us next.