Saturday, June 27, 2020

Urban fantasy fun....

Title & Author:  The Veil (Devil's Isle #1) by Chloe Neill

Genre:  Urban fantasy

Setting:  New Orleans, after the Paranormal War.

"On an equally sweltering day in October seven years ago, the veil--the barrier that separated humans from a world of magic we hadn't even known existed--was shattered by the Paranormals who'd lived in what we now called the Beyond. They wanted our world, and they didn't have a problem eradicating us in the process. They spilled through the fracture, bringing death and destruction--and changing everything: Magic was now real and measurable and a scientific fact."

The main character:  Claire Connolly--24, proprietor of the Royal Mercantile Store, a redhead, and a Sensitive.
"I'd moved it with my mind, with the telekinetic magic I wasn't supposed to have. At least, not unless I wanted a lifetime prison sentence .... Magic wasn't a problem for Paras .... but Sensitives couldn't process magic that way. Instead, we just kept absorbing more and more magic, until we lost ourselves completely. Until we became wraiths, pale and dangerous shadows of the humans we'd once been."
The complication:  Liam Quinn, the Cajun bounty  hunter who hunts down wraiths...and Sensitives. Only when he learns the truth about Claire, he doesn't turn her in; he offers to help her learn to control her magic instead.
"I found it suddenly so odd that I hadn't even known this man existed a few hours ago. A wraith attack, his intervention, a Containment interview, a trip into Devil's Isle, and everything that had gone on there. We'd gone from strangers to strange allies."
My thoughts:  Neill's built a grant fantasy world centered around New Orleans. I liked the paranormal war background and all it entails. Neill's characters are also a lot of fun.  I liked how brave and determined Claire is; she and Liam make a great team. I also really liked Liam's paranormal friends. And the supernatural suspense? It's very entertaining. Wraith attacks are increasing. Sensitives are disappearing. There's mystery and magic... and a bit of mayhem, too. What's not to like? I'll definitely be reading the next book in this series.

Happy Reading!

29 comments:

  1. New Orleans just really lends itself to the whole fantasy genre. There is something about the place that is magical already!

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    1. I really love the New Orleans setting in this book! :)

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  2. Love red hair, paranormal, and magical characters!

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  3. I like the setting and I'm always looking for a new UF series to love. I'll have to try this out.

    Btw, are you able to comment if a blog uses Askismet for commenting? I know you said you didn't like disques.

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    1. I think you'd like this one. And I'm pretty sure there are a couple blogs I visit and comment on regularly that use Akismet, and I've never had any problems with it. :)

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    2. Wonderful! I might look in to that platform. :)

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  4. Mystery, magic, and mayhem. Quite a combination when you throw in a little bit of murder, too.

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  5. I've read a few of her books and liked them.

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    1. This is the first book I've read by her, but I like how she writes. :)

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  6. This sounds like something I'd really enjoy. New Orleans is one of my favorite settings in urban fantasy books. I'm adding it to my wishlist now. :)

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    1. It's a fun setting. And I really liked the characters, too. :)

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  7. I don't read a lot of UF but this sounds great! My fav UF series is probably Mercy Thompson... now I'm not even sure that that *is* UF. LOL

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    1. The Mercy Thompson series is awesome! I love that series, too. And I would definitely classify it as Urban Fantasy. :)

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  8. I love the premise of this. the PAranormal War sounds really cool. :)

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    1. It makes for a great background/setting in these books. :)

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  9. I tried her vampire series but stopped after book two. I liked her worldbuilding and background characters but I hated the female MC! You know what I'm like!

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    1. :D Hey, I don't like whiny, stupid or annoying MCs either! Luckily, Claire, in this book, is none of those things.

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  10. Interesting premise -- she's an author I've always wanted to try but haven't yet. This sounds like a good place to start.

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  11. Sounds good to me! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it, Lark! :)

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    1. I really did...enough to check out the next book in the series. :)

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  12. I read this so long ago and really enjoyed it. However, it's been so long I'm going to have to reread it in order to continue the series. Thanks for reminding me of this series and how much I liked it!

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    1. It is a fun one! I'm excited to read the next book. :)

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  13. This sounds fun. I think New Orleans always is a great setting for anything paranormal with it's beautiful architecture and rich history.

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    1. It does make for an awesome setting! :)

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  14. I've been wanting to read more by Neill and I love the sound of this series.

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    1. I really enjoyed this one. And I just finished reading the second one in this series...and liked it even more. :)

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