The Veil – Chloe Neill [Review]

The Veil is an urban fantasy novel, written by Chloe Neill. This novel was published in 2015 by NAL. It is the first book in the Devil’s Isle series.

 

Blurb for THE VEIL

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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…

 

Jen’s Review of THE VEIL

I read The Veil because I received a review copy through Netgalley. However, I ended up reading it in paperback format after it came out.

This book is written in first person, past tense. It is set in New Orleans, LA. Sexual content is minimal. There is only kissing.

 

Quick Review: Excellent worldbuilding in The Veil, but a slow start to the book.

Full Review: The Veil, despite its stereotypical New Orleans setting, is a great book about Claire, a human with telekinetic abilities, who teams up with a bounty hunter to figure out why wraiths are attacking more frequently with more intelligence. Devil’s Isle is the prison where paranormals are kept. Claire fears she will get sent there if anyone finds out she is a ‘sensitive.’

The first two chapters are a little slow, containing mostly world-building information and backstory. Once you get to chapter three, it gets more interesting. It takes a while for the goal of the story to become apparent. However, I wasn’t bored. By page 74, it had become apparent that there was going to be a mystery about the wraith’s behavior.

There isn’t a lot of romance in this book, but there’s enough to keep readers who like that engaged. Liam and Claire have feelings for one another, but Liam won’t act on them because he’s afraid he might have to take Claire to Devil’s Isle.

Both Liam and Claire are likable characters. Claire is hard-headed and impulsive, but she’s also brave and responsible. I liked her better than Merit from the Chicagoland series by Chloe Neill, because Claire seemed more mature.

Neill does a good job of wrapping up the main plot points, while leaving a few things unresolved to set up for future books. I would definitely read another book in this series.

Probably the best aspect, in my opinion, of The Veil is the world and history the author created. I thought it was very well-developed.

If you haven’t read The Veil yet, I suggest checking it out. For me, it was a 5 star read. Although it started out a little slow, it was worth reading.

 

Do I Recommend?

Absolutely, if you don’t mind the slow start. If you’re a fan of the Chicagoland Vampires series, you might not like this one because it is very different. That was fine for me, though, because I’ve never really gotten into the other series.

 

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (A)

 

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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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