Saturday, July 25, 2015

Early Review: The Veil (Devil's Isle #1) by Chloe Neill

Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: NAL Trade
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

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…

This was a pretty decent start to a new urban fantasy series.
I can't say I'm chomping at the bit to read the next book, but a lot of the first books in series are sort of iffy, so I'm not particularly upset.
Claire, as a character, was a bit meh to me. I certainly didn't hate her or find her annoying, but nothing about her personality made me sit up and take notice. Same with her friends. They were likable, but if they had disappeared off of the pages, I wouldn't have cared.
Liam? He was ok, but (again) I didn't really get attached to him.
I can't say I was really feeling the Liam/Claire relationship, either, but maybe it will heat up as the series goes on?
Basically, my plan is to just wait for the next book, and see if it gets better...

So. Plot?
Fairies (or the equivalent) ripped apart the Veil that separates our dimension from theirs. A Great War ensued, but at long last (10ish years) we won.  Our forces managed to push them back, seal the torn Veil, and imprison any fairies still on our side.
Humanity, FTW!

But, unfortunately, there are some leftover complications from the Veil being torn apart.
The biggest problem is the residual magic that has seeped into our world has caused some humans to become Sensitives, giving them different magical powers. Which in and of itself, wouldn't be such a big deal, but they all eventually go into magic overload and turn into wraiths.
Wraiths are like zombies. They run around mindlessly killing folks in an attempt to get more magic.
Or maybe it's just because they like killing? I'm still a bit confused about their reasoning.
At any rate, they're dangerous!

Liam is a bounty hunter who tracks 'em down. And Claire first comes to his attention when she goes after a couple of wraiths with a stick, while trying to protect a stranger who was being attacked.

Thing is, Claire didn't just save the woman with a tree branch. Claire is a Sensitive, and she uses her powers (albeit badly) to throw a sign at the wraiths, which allowed her to make a hasty getaway.
Or so she thought.
When Liam shows up at her shop a few hours later, she's sure he's going to turn her in to the authorities. Luckily, as she soon finds out, nothing in their world is what she originally thought...

The end result was (to me) a decent story with somewhat forgettable characters. But then, I thought the same thing about Kate Daniels & Co. when I started, so I'll definitely give the next book in the Devil's Isle series a shot.


Bemused Bookworm said...

Ohhh, this sounds interest. I've not actually read anything from the author, but i have a few books on my shelf. I may try them out and this one two whenever its publish. Great review. :)

Anne Hannah said...

Thanks! I hope you enjoy the books.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I've not had the chance to read this author yet. I'd like to though. And this sounds like a promising start. :)

Anne Hannah said...

Let me know what you think of them, Melissa!

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