I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Veil by Chloe Neill
Series: Devil's Isle #1
Narrator: Amy Landon
Published by Tantor Audio on August 4th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hrs 10 min
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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…
There’s no vampires here . . . Chicagoland fans should not go into The Veil thinking they will get a repeat performance from Chloe Neill. The Veil is a different animal and that’s not a bad thing. The Veil did everything the first book of an urban fantasy series should do, it builds the world, sets the tone and establishes the characters in a phenomenal way.
The veil is the barrier that separates the human world from the magic world where all the paras live. But eight years ago the veil was broken and the human world and magical world collided letting the humans know that magic and paranormals were real. After the veil was put back up, magic was banded and anyone using magic, human or the few paras still on this side of the veil were corralled into a small area in NOLA called Devils Isle.
There are Sensitives (humans with magic abilities) and Wraiths (Sensitives that have become over come by their magic). Claire Connell found out about eight months ago that she is a Sensitive. She’s doing her best to not use any magic so that she’s not found out by the Paranormal Combatant Command (PCC). Or she will be imprisoned into Devil’s Isle.
There’s a budding romance between Claire and Liam. I believe like many urban fantasies there will be a slow build to their HEA and I look forward to seeing where Neill takes them. And what looks like another war in NOLA between magics and non-magics will be a wild ride and I’m requesting my ticket for that crazy train.
Every author has their own voice and in many cases when they write more than one series you can hear that voice carry over into another world this is not the case with The Veil by Chloe Neill. Neill re-created her voice with this world and these characters and I felt like I was reading a different author and it just blew me away I really enjoyed The Veil and can not wait for the next installment in the Devil Isle series.
Taken a listen to Chapter 4 (No spoilers)
I had multi copies of The Veil (ebook from Netgalley, print from publisher) but when I saw Amy Landon was the narrator I requested the audio. Amy delivered a great performance for The Veil. Her portrayal of Claire Connolly as spot on. I will continue the Devil Isle series on audio as long as Amy Landon continues to bring life to Claire.
I listened at 1.25x speed.
After 17 years I've finally finished my BA in English (no I do not want to be a teacher). Before majoring in English I would not have touched anything labeled "classic", but I have enjoyed a few along the way in my college career.
While I hated to read growing up, I am now an avid book reader and audiobook listener. I love rejecting reality one book at a time. I only read fiction within my favorite (at least to date) genres which include: most romance (paranormal, contemporary, D/s, BDSM, M/M)Urban Fantasy, and a few YA (mostly PNR or UF from favorite adult authors, but I'm slowly stepping out of my comfort zone after enjoying a few contemporary YA novels in adolescent literature class I took).