I’m so excited to be part of Chloe Neill’s Blog Tour for he first book in her newest series, Devil’s Isle! I’m a big fan of her Chicagoland Vampires, and based on The Veil I’m going to be a huge fan of this one too!!
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
Published by NAL on August 4, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Here’s the thing y’all. I read A LOT of Urban Fantasy. It’s easily one of my favorite genres. But the downside of reading a lot of one genre is that it’s easy for things to get stale. You’ve been there seen that a million times.
Seven years ago, the Veil that separates us 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.
As more and more Sensitives fall prey to their magic, and unleash their hunger on the city, Claire and Liam must work together to save New Orleans, or else the city will burn…
I NEVER had that problem reading The Veil. If it weren’t for that pesky need to sleep, I would have read The Veil in one sitting, easily. Chloe Neill took some of my favorite paranormal elements – the fae!! Squee!! – and put them in a fairly brilliant new world that I adored.
World building can so easily bog down book 1 of an Urban Fantasy, but Chloe is an expert at weaving in details as you need to know them while keeping the momentum going. It certainly helps that she’s taken one of my favorite settings – New Orleans – and used it’s rich history of fascination with the paranormal to give it a great post-apocalyptic twist.
I just loved reading about life in the zone -the area where paranormal creatures passed through into our world, which includes New Orleans – their struggles with electricity, growing food and most especially, their fear of anything and anyone magical. It’s good old human racism at it’s finest. I saw a bit of what reminded me of the Jewish Ghettos that popped up in Early Modern Europe – but this time humans are afraid of anyone magical, even humans — called Sensitives — that have no control over who they are. I thought Chloe did a really great job showing how this situation was much more complicated than clear cut good and evil, particularly through the eyes of her main character Claire.
Claire is a Sensitive and yet, she holds some of these prejudices. I really enjoyed seeing her world view shaken and stirred up. It totally helped that the main shaker and stirrer was an equally great charater – Liam. I’m so excited for this love interest – it’s going to be a slow build with lots of obstacles… AKA The Best Kind!! Claire and Liam are very likable characters. Claire lives in a world where exposing her abilities – that she’s a Sensitive – could mean permanaent lockdown, but she’s willing to take that chance to save a complete stranger. What’s not to love? And Liam – well, I like that he doesn’t share the prejudices that the majority of the world seem to share and is willing to put pressure on Claire and other’s to make them see things differently, even at his own expense. Like I said, LIKEABLE!!
The Veil wasn’t perfect though. I have two main complaints – first off, and this is the big one… Claire’s sudden ability fast-forward. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say that one of the things I was loving was that Claire was STRUGGLING hard-core with her magic. And then, all of sudden, well, she wasn’t. It was a bummer for me. Secondly, and this is very minor – I want to know more about what’s going on outside the zone. Probably not fair to ask for because that’s not the focus of the book, but I just want to understand how the rest of the world is coping a bit better. I mean, their REALLY having a hard time in the Zone and I’m wondering, what’s the rest of the world doing to help them? Because it seems like some of their problems the world SHOULD be able to do something about. But I do know our world, so I believe that they aren’t… I just want to know WHY. I’m curious.
Ultimately, The Veil was pretty great. I loved the world, I loved the characters- including the friendships that I haven’t had time to talk about but were pretty strong – and I loved the sense of potential epicness for the series over the long haul. I mean, that ending! Yowzers y’all! Things are going to get INTENSE!! And I can’t wait for the ride!
Giveaway on Chloe’s Page!
The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter THE VEIL Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs July 27 through August 7 on Chloe’s web site.
What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?
- Fleur de Lis Amulet Pendant Necklace from New Orleans jewelry designer Mignon Faget
- $50 Amazon Gift Card
- THE VEIL 5″x5″ cloth screenwipe
- THE VEIL tote bag
- THE VEIL bookmark, sticker, and pen
- Chicagoland Vampires bookmark, sticker, pen, keychain, and lanyard
I’ll have another giveaway for you, thanks to generous donations from Chloe, to celebrate the release on August 4th 🙂Loved The Veil by @chloeneill! Great World, Characters & Promise of Epicness! Click To Tweet