With the release of the fourth installment on the horizon, I knew it was time for a Devil’s Isle re-read. This series has been on my radar since before the first book, The Veil, was released. It’s one of the very first Urban Fantasy series where I’ve been a part of the fandom since it was released, and holy smokes. I feel the pain of waiting on that next release! If this series is something that has sparked your interest at all (and even if it hasn’t,) I can’t recommend it enough. And this is the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon!
The Veil by Chloe Neill
Series: Devil’s Isle
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
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The Veil is the first book in Chloe Neill’s Devil’s Isle series,and what a kick off this was! I enjoyed this story so much. It takes place in a sort of post-apocalyptic New Orleans, and what a wonderful setting. As sad as it is to say, placing this story in an area that has seen devastation in real life brought the imagery to another level – a more devastating level, and it really impacted the story for me. Pair that with a great cast of supporting characters, and this book was a huge win for me.
Claire was a fabulous main character. I like that she’s only borderline badass at this point (she’s just coming into it,) and that unlike a lot of other heroines, she’s more of a joiner. Not in an exuberant way, but just enough to make her a little different. She takes pride in being from New Orleans, and she likes to be a part of all the festivities to show the city is marching on, and also the events that are in remembrance of those lost in the war. It really speaks about those parts of her that are determined and compassionate. While she’s just learning about her magic, she takes it very seriously, and she’s spooked about where it could take her. And Liam – where do I start with Liam? I like a hero who is shrouded in mystery, and he was for a lot of this one. He is fiercely loyal to those he loves, and the way he adores his grandmother is so precious. It’s interesting, because he’s an open book about his life, but his emotions are off limits, and you can tell there’s so much going on inside of this guy. It makes him so intriguing, for me and for Claire. Liam’s a bounty hunter who has a job to do, but he’s not so blinded by that that he can’t see when things need to go differently; he’s open-minded and tries to be fair, and at this point, where he’s the only person Claire can be honest with, it’s something she desperately needs. There is an obvious attraction here, but it was more a light thread throughout this book, which was perfect. Claire is learning a lot about herself right now, and I think a full-blown romance could have overshadowed that important part of the story. But now that she’s there…I’d love to see things develop brought to a more solid level in the next installment.
There’s a clear line in this book between humans and paras, the creatures who came through the veil when it was open, so I’ll draw the line here in my review. For the humans, I loved Claire’s friends Tadji and Gunnar. They were so supportive, and it was clear they all love each other to pieces. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Gunnar works for a government agency that could be a lot of help to Claire and Liam. But for Claire’s part, she doesn’t put her friends in unnecessary danger or take advantage of them. She’s very selective on what she shares or asks of them, and I really liked that she was so protective of them. As for Liam, the appearance his brother, Gavin, was awesome. There’s also a bit of mystery surrounding him, but Gavin is much more easygoing and open that Liam – at least, I think he is. It will be interesting to find out for sure. And Liam’s grandmother, Eleanor, has a very interesting story in the grand scheme of things. I am interested to find out even more about her. For the paras, I am so intrigued by Moses, Malachi, and Lizzie. Lizzie is a caretaker with a heart of gold, Malachi is an angel with a huge…wingspan, and Moses is an odd creature who hoards electronics. They are all so interesting, and I really want to know more about them.
So while Claire and Liam’s relationship may be slow build, the pacing of this book wasn’t. It did feel a smidge slow to start, but once it got going, I was hooked and could not stop listening. I loved this book as much upon my reread as I did when I originally read it, and I can’t recommend it enough. The Veil was a solid start to a series, and once again, I’m so hooked that I’m already halfway through the next book.
Audiobook Review: As for the audiobook, I thought Amy Landon did a wonderful job. I’ve heard her narrate other books, and I feel like she really understands the characters and where they’re coming from. The Veil was no exception. I also like the way she does the male voices – deepened enough to make them sound male, but not so much that you think they’ve been smoking four packs of cigarettes a day their whole lives. The voices are different enough so you can almost always tell who is speaking. She just does a wonderful job overall, and I enjoy her narration.
*In the interest of disclosure, I feel I should add that I originally received this for review in ebook form. As it’s a story I knew I’d read over and over again, I purchased it myself from Audible.
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