- Series: A Devil's Isle Novel (Book 1)
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (August 4, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451473345
- ISBN-13: 978-0451473349
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 195 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Advance praise for THE VEIL:
"Neill has created another fabulous world readers will want more of." --Fangtastic Books
"[A] great start to a new paranormal series from an author I love! ... I think it's going to be an amazing ride!" --FictionFare
"Chloe Neill's new Devil Isle series is off to an excellent start. I loved The Veil. It's set in post war New Orleans after a war with invading paranormals. Need I say more?" --Parajunkee
A "promising start" that will appeal to fans of romantic urban fantasy." --Library Journal
About the Author
Chloe Neill 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 in the Chicagoland Vampires Novels (Blood Games, House Rules, Biting Bad, Wild Things), 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 and their dogs, Baxter and Scout.
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The Veil takes place in New Orleans seven years after the veil between worlds was ripped open and a war broke out between humans and paranormals. Humans won, for the most part, and the remaining Paras were sent to Devil's Isle. Now anyone showing any signs of magic is taken to Devil's Isle this includes Sensitives (humans with magical abilities).
Eight months ago Claire Connolly discovered she can move things with her mind. It's a secret she's been keeping ever since then, even from the people she's closest to. When Claire is attacked on her way home one night, she has to use her magic to save herself. Liam Quinn is a bounty hunter and he saw Claire work her magic. He's not there to turn her in, he's there to help her train her magic. Claire begins to realize that things aren't just good and evil, black and white anymore, and never really were in the first place.
The concept of The Veil and this series is very interesting. There were just a few pieces of information that irked me and didn't really sit right. I think it's the fact that I felt like this was a partial post-apocalyptic story. I say partial because the whole of the world (or even the entirety of the US) wasn't effected by the war with Paras. Only places like New Orleans, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi (I believe that's it) were effected in this war. It just nagged at me the whole time I was reading that these people are continuing to live in an area that may or may not have electricity (among other amenities) on any given day, yet it read to me that the rest of the continent didn't suffer this problem. I kept asking myself "why would you stay in that situation?" I suppose I can buy the attachment to ones home and land etc., but then wouldn't you try harder to get these things back to working order despite the presence of magic? There were other things like this that irked me and I don't know if it was because the information was made to be presented in a mysterious way or what, but I know if I was in this situation I would ask questions, I would try to find solutions, or I would just move to somewhere else entirely.
I also felt a huge lack of any kind of connection between the characters. I'm trying not to compare this series too much with Neill's Chicagoland series, but here I feel I have to. The Chicagoland series reeled me in right away at the first book. One of the main reasons why was the clear cut, loving relationships between the characters. The Veil lacks that feeling for me for all that we are introduced to Gunnar and Tadji, the two people Claire calls her best friends. In fact, I think a couple of these characters were off page for quite a while and I didn't even really miss them. Even our hero Liam didn't make a huge impact on me. We're clearly told (quite a few times from Claire's point of view) that there's an attraction between them, but this feeling didn't jump off page for me like a certain Sentinel and Master's attraction did. The thing is, I want that chemistry. Even if a couple doesn't officially get together in the first book, I still want to feel what's undeniably there.
Despite my grievances with this first book, like I said, the idea is still really interesting to me. There were enough smaller secondary characters that popped up that I loved and I hope will make appearances down the line. I also didn't really have an issue with Claire and Liam's characters overall. They are two people who went through a lot in the war, but they fight for what they believe in and what's right. I felt like all events in The Veil were a starting off point, an introduction, for what's to come next. This is one of those books where I will read to see what happens next before I make any overall judgments of the series. By the end there were a lot of promising developments, I feel very positive about the next book.
This story is very well thought out. The world building is very brilliant and rich with details and history. You know a fair amount of information, as to the why of things, that moves the story right song. But it does weight you down with too much and sacrifice the action and plot.
The main character was very likable and we get to know her well in this first novel. The supporting characters are rich in diversity, flaws and wonderful personalities.
I am greatly looking forward to the second book and am eager to get to know more of all the wonders of The Veil.
There is a great deal of world building and some politics involving The Containment, an organization hired by the government to find those with magical abilities and get them in Devil’s Isle. Only it turns out that what everyone has been told isn’t quite true. Claire, a Sensitive in hiding with telekinetic abilities ends up in the middle of it when saving a girl who was being attacked by a couple of wraiths. Now she’s on the radar and finds that another war is brewing.
This is vastly different from the author’s vampire series, both in the world building as well as how the story and a relationship flows. The world and character building become believable and the concept of the story is interesting. Claire and those closest to her are people you would like in your own life. The overall theme with keeping under cover adds a level of tension that you’ll feel through Claire. And while this book wraps up the most immediate threat, it’s obvious that there is a lot more story to tell.
For me, the story did drag a little in places, but I’m definitely looking forward to the next release.
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