The Veil by Chloe Neill is the first book in her new Devil's Isle series. The Veil is a border between here and the Beyond where all things Paranormal come from. There was a war where the Paranormals came through in New Orleans and attacked the humans. After the war, after the Veil was closed, Containment took over and transferred all Paranormals to Devil's Isle, a closed off section of New Orleans that is heavily guarded. Some humans are affected by magic. They are called Sensitives. Sensitives can become so consumed with magic that they turn into wraiths, humanoids set on ravaging and killing.
As the first book in a series, it is heavily filled with world building. While a lot of it is easy to follow, it is saturated through everything. The whole first half of the book is mostly dedicated to world building and character building. Claire is a Sensitive and she can't let Containment find out. But things go awry when she sees two wraiths following and attacking a girl. In comes Liam Quinn, he is a bounty hunter and wants to help Claire. There is some kind of chemistry brewing between Claire and Liam. Something strange is happening with the wraiths; they are able to communicate and achieve higher thinking - planning attacks and grouping together.
Overall as the beginning of the series it is an interesting world, and interesting characters. However, because it is so saturated with world building it is difficult to stay interested. Fans of Chloe Neill and the Urban Fantasy genre will want to give this one a try.
A brand new series from New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill.
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.
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…