“The Veil – Devil’s Isle #1” by Chloe Neill

Veil

Somehow I managed to miss Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, so I came to “The Veil” with no expectations other than it had been recommended by Faith Hunter, who writes the Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series.

“The Veil” makes a promising start to Chloe Neill’s new “Devil’s Isle” series. The premise of the book is original and intriguing. It takes places in New Orleans seven years after the end of a war that started when “the Veil” that separates our world from the magical one was torn open by magical forces that wanted to conquer the Earth. They lost. The Veil was resealed. Nothing was the same afterwards.

I liked the complexity and plausibility of the post-war world that Chloe Neill constructed and I enjoyed how she revealed it gradually by expanding the understanding of the main character, Claire Connolly. Claire, who was in her teens when the war happened and lost her father to it, now runs the antiques store in The French Quarter that her father left her. She is trying to lead a quiet, hardworking life, honouring the memory of her father and not drawing attention to herself. Given that she has magical powers that are currently illegal and that she can’t stop herself from coming to the rescue of women under threat. this turns out to be an ambition she can’t fulfil.

This is a fun, light read, with likeable characters, interesting ideas and good actions scenes. It tends a little towards Young Adult in its politics-lite view of the world but it is still an entertaining read for grown-ups.

I groaned a little at how beautiful everyone had to be, especially the main male character. It didn’t add anything for me except slightly clichéd romance and struck a false note amongst all the original ideas.

It works as a standalone but is mainly a set up for the series. I didn’t mind that. The second book is already out and I’m looking forward to it.

I recommend this to anyone who wants some original, upbeat, urban fantasy and who doesn’t mind the odd bit of eye-candy ogling along the way.

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on ““The Veil – Devil’s Isle #1” by Chloe Neill

  1. I read this book too. What I liked the best were the unique characters, some of which have a bigger presence in the next two books. I also haven’t read her other series but I’ve heard about it for years and somehow expected a little more from this one? I think what bothered me was that the main female character was too interested in the male protagonist and I thought she should have been more independent and kick ass. I know, probably expecting a but much but I’ve read some great YA fantasy books with strong female complex characters. Post a review on the next book when you read it, I’m interested in hearing what you think!

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    • I agree that there is something off about Claire. She is twenty-four years-old, brave, becomes powerful, has run her business in difficult circumstances for seven years, survived combat and built a network of friends. In the presence of Liam Quinn she seems to turn into an inexperienced teenager. I don’t quite buy it and its prominence in the plot undermines my understanding of her character.

      Maybe, in the next book, she’ll find her feet and spend more time on deciding what to do with herself than what to do with Quinn.

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