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The Veil: A Devil's Isle Novel (The Devil's Isle Series) by [Neill, Chloe]
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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...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1272 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0118MR2S6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I really enjoyed reading the Veil, and even though it was a post apocalyptic novel, It did not really feel like it. There is so much going on in this novel that at times you have to back track a bit to find your self but it is non stop action.

Claire has a secret she is a sensitive , which means she has special powers, unfortunately since a magical war happened seven years before, all sensitives are captured and locked up. lucky for Claire she has some good friends that can help her out and keep her hidden. While secretly fighting a battle to stop the Veil from reopening.

the world building is a bit tricky I believe that around the Veil where the war was they live in strict rules with containment the major government body and law enforcement. but during the book it hints that outside that area the world goes on like nothing happened. which I find curious, why would you live in that area if you were sensitive or even not. because everything is rationed and hard to get in the area.

Aside from that, I really enjoyed this book the characters were amazing and only a hint of romance with most of the plot focusing on Claire’s powers and the veil which is a refreshing change, and most importantly no love triangle!

I am really looking forward to reading the next book and continuing the story. I recommend this book for anyone who loves urban fantasy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to New Series 4 August 2015
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Times have changed in New Orleans. Seven years ago the Veil that separated Earth from paranormals broke and paranormals stormed through with the goal of conquering Earth. New Orleans was ground zero but battles extended through much of the South. The government with the assistance of some human magic users managed to reseal the Veil stranding some paranormals on this side. Containment has set up a prison in New Orleans called Devil's Isle to sequester paranormals and Sensitives - humans who can use magic.

Claire is 24 and a fourth generation citizen of New Orleans. Her great-grandfather began Royal Merchandise which was an antique store in good time but which now sells MREs, batteries, duct tape and other goods the remaining citizens of New Orleans need. Claire has also recently learned that she is a Sensitive with a small gift for telekinesis and is desperate to keep the information from Containment. If she doesn't learn how to deal with her magic, she can turn into a Wraith.

However, when she uses her magic to help save a young woman from Wraiths, her cover is blown. Liam Quinn discovers her. He is a bounty hunter who hunts Wraiths. A Wraith killed his younger sister. Liam helps Claire by finding a teacher for her so that she can learn to deal with magic in such a way as to not turn into a Wraith.

He takes her into Devil's Isle where she learns that all paranormals aren't evil. This is quite a change in her world view. Soon she gets involved in a movement that wants to get Containment to realize that all Sensitives can learn to use their magic and, therefore, not turn into Wraiths. She also learns that someone is trying to reopen the Veil which could further devastate New Orleans and all who live there.

There is the beginning of a romance between Liam and Clare complicated by Liam's fear that Claire will someday turn Wraith and that he will be forced to hunt her and take her to Devil's Isle. Liam does admire Claire. He calls her "recklessly brave."

I liked the world building in this story and I liked the way Claire grew and changed. I can't wait to see where this series goes next.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Story so-so 14 August 2015
By kcfan - Published on
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I really, really, really tried to like this book. I did not get half way through it and wanted to stop and read another book. This just does not hold my interest. There is no chemistry between the 2 main characters. There is no snarkyness in Claire and Liam is just plain boring. This book went into great detail describing everything about the scenery around them. It is to bad so much went into the description and not enough into making us like Claire and Liam. There was a lot of descriptions in the first book to give us a good idea of what everything looked like. Doing it in the second book made it dull and and if you took out most of the descriptions the book would only be half the size it is. I read the first book and also did not like it. I decided I would buy this one to see if things improved but no such luck. And I would like to know when the clock is going to be fixed. Claire supposedly like to fix things and put them back together but the poor clock and still waiting to be fixed.

I knew it was not going to be like her Chicagoland Vampire books but I was really hoping that it would have the same kind chemistry between characters. When I read Some Girls Bite, the first book, and Merit went to Cadogan House to confront Ethan you felt the sparks flying between them and knew Merit was not happy about being changed and would keep Ethan on his toes. And Mallory was the perfect companion for Merit. There is none of that in this book.

The price hurts also but I know that the author does not set the price, the publisher does.

And I really wish she would write one more for the A Novel of the Dark Elite to complete the story. I really enjoyed this series but feel like I was left hanging at the end of the 3rd book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars First book in a new series 6 August 2015
By Amy - Published on
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I don't know if I just had too many expectations for this new book / series because it's Chloe Neill. Her Chicagoland Vampires is one of my favorites so when I started reading The Veil I think I was prepared for at least a few similarities. That didn't happen.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great world building 11 August 2015
By C Thilmany - Published on
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Set in New Orleans after a war when the Veil between this world and a more magical one opened and paranormals and magic flooded our world, all paranormals and everything having to do with magic is considered the enemy. Devil’s Isle is an area in New Orleans that was converted into a prison for anyone that can do any type of magic.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars there were paranormals left behind who were rounded up and brought to a gated area they called Devil’s Isle (sort of like a conc 22 August 2015
By Wendy Nelson - Published on
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Clair Connolly lives in war torn New Orleans, where seven years ago the Veil between worlds was lifted and every type of paranormal entity (i.e werewolves, fae, pixies etc) was let loose upon the city launching an all out war in the middle of New Orleans. When the Veil finally closed, there were paranormals left behind who were rounded up and brought to a gated area they called Devil’s Isle (sort of like a concentration camp).

After the Veil was opened, some humans found they were sensitive to magic, giving them some kind of super power. However anyone with magic, human or not would be condemned to live in Devil’s Isle if found out, so they are forced to hide their powers.

Claire has spent the last seven years since the Veil opened thinking that all paranormals were evil, until one day she accidentally finds out she’s a Sensitive and has to hide her telekinetic powers from everyone she knows, even those she is close to. Until she meets Liam – who sees her using her powers as she attempts to save someone being attacked. She begins to realize there is more to this, and this is not an us against them type of situation as the government led them to believe.

As Claire and Liam get to know each other, they find out that someone is hoping to reopen the veil, which should never happen, unless they want another war. Finding people to trust and getting the powers that be to believe them is another story, so it’s up to them to stop the Veil from opening again.

Claire is somewhat feisty, although not as feisty as Merit in Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, (a series I love by the way). But when Claire realizes what is happening there is no hesitation about jumping in and helping, even if it means being condemned to Devil’s Isle for the rest of her life because of her telekinetic powers.

There was a lot of world building in this story, sometimes too much as it was very descriptive. It sounded very much like what New Orleans may have gone through after Katrina, including issues with FEMA. It is quite sobering to read considering it is a work of fiction, because the parallel is unmistakable.

This was a pretty quick read and I finished it in a few hours. There isn’t a lot of edge of your seat kind of action in this one since Neill spent most of the time setting up the world and introducing us to the characters.

However, I do look forward to the second one but hope there is a little more action and a little more chemistry between Claire and Liam.

I definitely recommend this one, but if you like a little more action in your stories – check out Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series starting with Some Girl’s Bite.