I hadn’t read an Urban Fantasy in quite some time! And I definitely hadn’t read a Chloe Neill book before. I enjoyed her writing very much.
The Veil is set in New Orleans, one of my favorite cities. It’s a post-war world where paranormals and humans are enemies. The Quarter is still there but a lot of the other areas were destroyed and part of the city is where they put away the paranormals. I really liked the concept and thought it was very interesting and different. Chloe Neill executed it very well. There’s a lot more magic than paranormals in this book, so don’t go in expecting vampires or something.
Claire is a great protagonist and Liam — I will love any character named Liam, btw — is one hot dude. EXCEPT! Little romance. There’s lots of buildup and tension, translating to lots of frustration for me. haha
Overall The Veil was an enjoyable read.
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…