The Veil by Chloe Neill

Posted August 4, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 4 Comments

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 NeillThe Veil by Chloe Neill
Series: Devil's Isle #1
Narrator: Amy Landon
Published by Tantor Audio on August 4th 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 10 hrs 10 min
Source: Publisher
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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…

icon paranormal  icon AUDIOBOOK  icon dystopian  icon magical  

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.

About Amy Landon

Amy Landon is a classically trained actress with numerous off-Broadway, film, and television credits. Her voice can also be heard on many television and radio commercials. She has an easy facility with dialects, which she also coaches and teaches, and she is happy to find her lifelong obsession with books is matching up with her acting and vocal work.

About Chloe Neill

Chloe Neill is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Chicagoland Vampires and Dark Elite series.

She was born and raised in the South, but now makes her home in the Midwest–just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia’s to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily’s adventures, 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 favorite landscape photographer/husband and their dogs, Baxter and Scout. (Both she and the photographer understand the dogs are in charge.)

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4 responses to “The Veil by Chloe Neill

  1. Thanks for featuring and highlighting this series opener. I had not heard of it until now…and this is very cool because I love audiobooks and Chloe Neil’s writing. I’m a fan of her Chicagoland Vampires series.

  2. Very nice review. This one is building the world, setting the tone and establishes the characters for us. I enjoyed it but was not wowed by it. I don’t hold it agains the book that it did not wow, because first books especially in an Urban Fantasy have so much to build to get the series going. I am looking forward to book two and hopping it has a big bang to it. The romance in this one felt more friends that are attracted to each other, so I am cruises to see where this will go.