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.
©2015 Chloe Neill (P)2015 Tantor
I can't wait for more! I have enjoyed the Chicago vampire stories but this new series is even better!
This paranormal story takes place in a post modern New Orleans. Red headed Claire runs a small convenience store. Liam enters Claire's life after she tries to protect a stranger from wraiths. Claire has other close friends- not all human - who help her foil a plot to reopen the door between the real world and the magical world.
Chloe Neill's New Orleans based story looks like it will be a series to look forward to.
I love the Chicagoland Vampires.
The Veil however seemed a little uncohesive and I found I was rewinding to check I hadn't missed something. Obviously the start of a serial, the story finished with more to say but it could stand on it's own as well.
I think it was possibly the narration that was a bit lack lustre so didn't engage me as much as the story could have. That being said it wasn't terrible by a long stretch with good male and female voices.
The jury is still out but after a second listen it may improve and the next book will be a little more together now that we know the characters a bit.
Not a waste of a credit at all.
Devourer of all books fantasy
I have read and enjoyed Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series so I was excited to hear about her new Devil’s Isle series. It sounded like an interesting premise and I always enjoy storylines involving fey. It ended up being an okay book but not great. For some reason the story just seemed a little tired and boring to me.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was okay. Some of the male voices were stiff and cold sounding, especially Liam’s voice. I had a hard time telling if it was the speech patterns and/or writing that made Liam sound stiff and cold, or if it was the narration. Either way this wasn’t my favorite audiobook but it was okay.
I thought the idea of the Veil was incredibly interesting. Claire is okay as a character, but I wasn’t totally engaged with her...she was just a bit too vanilla even with her Sensitive abilities. Liam was also an okay character but I never engaged with him all that well either; he was just so distant and cold.
The world is intriguing. Basically the people in this book have decided to stay in New Orleans despite the post-apocalyptic lifestyle to the area. While I found this interesting I also had a lot of trouble finding it believable and viable. I mean if the rest of the country had food, supplies, and technology why would sequester yourself in this little pocket of poverty and sparsity? I didn’t get it and thought it was weird how isolated the story was; we really don’t have a good idea what’s happening in the world outside New Orleans. Additionally I am not a huge fan of New Orleans personally, so I wasn’t crazy about the story being set there. I do understand that this is probably meant to echo New Orleans post-Katrina struggles, but I just didn’t dig it.
Overall this was an okay book but not great. I liked the idea of the Veil but didn’t find the world or characters all that engaging or interesting. There is quite a bit of action in this book but somehow it still felt tired and boring to me. I won’t be reading future books in this series and wouldn’t recommend it. I think Neill’s Chicagoland series has also taken a turn for the worse in the last couple books; I am not sure if Neill’s writing style is shifting or if I am just growing out of it.
The story had great descriptive detail but too many characters and not enough depth to any of them. The narrator was okay but the main male character (Liam) spoke waayyyyyyy too slowly. I will not put this author on my must read list.
I enjoyed the concept of this story. the reader wasn't strong but didn't ruin it. It wasn't a revolutionary story like and it's predictable and the characters were plain. But the idea was fairly interesting and the message while not unique, still good. If you're looking for something mellow and fun, it's good for that.
I'd probably read the second book.
as I'm very picky with female narrators. However my mind quickly set aside these thoughts with intrigue into this perplexing world frame. I crave to continue this series. Thank you Immensely.
Perhaps, if there was improvement on both sides.
The world seemed interesting, but as another reviewer mentioned, it's a difficult sell to have a post-apocalyptic pocket where simply traveling a few hours would negate their troubles and quality of life. The characters are one dimensional and the protagonist is... boring. It seems difficult to imagine that in this secluded area of no supplies, unstable power, and over the top big brother... there is a graduate school with a linguistics department. The narration is on the monotone side with very little inflection. You have difficulty deciphering between thoughts and spoken lines, and any jokes made are delivered with the same flat tone. There is little differentiation between voices of the males to males/females to females, so unless the author points out who is speaking, you're guessing based on context. You're completely lost if there happens to be dialog with two same sex speakers and Clair has an internal monologue in there somewhere.
Inflection, tone, voice change per character, accent.
A whole new world to discover and explore. Paranormal with a new slant. It's not the same old base of players with the same old story just retold again. A spankin' new story with a new twists on magic and a whole new set of players. Neil has great character development that lasts through her series. They evolve and grow and she has a great beginning in this first book with many paths to take us down.
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