The Sight (Devil’s Isle #2)
Publishes August 16 2016
Published by NAL Trade
Urban Fantasy – with Romantic threads
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.
The paranormal war that engulfed New Orleans seven years ago is over. But the battle for the city is just beginning . . .
Claire Connolly is a Sensitive, infected with magic when the Veil that divides humanity from the world beyond fell. Magic can easily consume and destroy a Sensitive, and if Claire’s secret is discovered she’ll be locked into the walled district of Devil’s Isle along with every other Paranormal left in the city.
Bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered Claire’s secret, but refused to turn her in. Together they saved New Orleans from the resurgence of magic that nearly destroyed it. But now a dangerous cult is on the rise, and it will take both Claire and Liam—and magical allies within Devil’s Isle’s towering walls—to defeat the occult threat before magic corrupts them both…
Let me start by saying that this book is a serious improvement over its predecessor, The Veil (links to my review), which made me very happy. I only recently started reading Chloe Neill’s books, and I find her to be a skilled writer. Her characterizations are decent, plot pacing is fine, and she usually includes a good amount of humor. The world-building is on the lighter side (compared to Patricia Briggs or Jim Butcher), but the writing is still solid. I was disappointed with The Veil, mostly because the characters (especially the male character) was very generic and underdeveloped, as was the world. And since these books take place in a supposed war-torn New Orleans, I really would have liked a more thorough understanding of how the world and the city were functioning. The Sight provided a much better look at this world, and was overall a much more satisfying story. This one actually hooked me and I look forward to reading the next book in the series, whenever it is released. There was a pretty intriguing cliff hanger in this one. Not the kind that drives you nuts, but the kind that makes you excited for what might come next. This book ends in a way that makes it clear the heroine is going to be off on a new and exciting direction in the coming books.
So what did I like about this one? The plot, the development of the characters and the romance, the ending. The plot of this story was much more engaging, partly because the bad guy was more interesting. He is a cult leader, and that aspect of his personality (his fevered and illogical fanaticism) was really creepy (in a good way!) The heroine also spends more time learning about her powers, and engaging with other supernatural characters, which was a big bonus. Also, Malachi! Malachi is a hot “angel-ish” warrior who starts training Claire. I find Malachi’s character to be far more interesting than the love-interest Liam, so this was a plus for me. We get to learn a bit more about Malachi and the other supernaturals, as well as see more of the inside of Devil’s Isle. The world in general is better described in this sequel, and I like what I see so far. The ending was satisfying, as well. There are a couple of big twists that lead to the heroine going in a different direction than was expected, so it looks like the following books may take an even more interesting turn. I’m excited to see where this series takes off to next.
I still don’t care for Liam, but I’m willing to overlook that in light of the other positives in the story (i.e. Malachi).