My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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…
Beware spoilers ahead!
When I first heard about this book I wasn’t excited. I was kind of bitter of the fact that The Dark Elites (the author’s other series) didn’t have a fourth book. At some point I decided to stop being better and try this. I remembered how much I enjoyed The Dark Elites. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed!
This book is written in first person. Focusing on Claire’s point of view. It takes place New Orleans which was pretty cool! Her other series took place in Chicago so it was nice to read about something new.
The book begins with Claire who is trying to fix a mechanical owl. She hears fireworks in the background and jumps back. Much to her surprise the owl levitates in the air. She checks the magic monitor to make sure she didn’t tip off Containment. She is relived to see that it didn’t go off.
Seven years prior to the book humans found out that magic was real. There was apparently a veil that blocked the paras (angels, vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc.) from coming into our world. Once it was opened the paras leaked through and started attacking and killing humans. Claire at the time was sixteen. Her father ran this shop and they had to move a lot to avoid the fight. Claire’s father was not comfortable with getting involved with the paras so they kept their heads down. At some point the veil was closed and the government created Containment. An organization that round up paras and send them to The Devil’s Isle.
In a way magic was like a disease. Some humans found that they were developing magic. They were called Sensitives. Sensitives absorbed magic, kind of like when a sponge absorbs water. If they absorbed too much magic they would become Wraiths. Monster like beings that needed magic to survive.
Some time prior to the book Claire discovered that she was a Sensitive . Her father had this thing for old signs and decided to get one. As she was setting it up it started to tip over. She didn’t have time to think or roll over. She shut her eyes and when it didn’t fall on her she opened them. She was surprised to find that the sign was floating inches above her face.
Since that day she has avoided using her powers. She has no desire to be sent to The Devil’s Isle. She lets go of the owl and goes back to fixing it. It’s War Night in New Orleans and the residents are celebrating. Her friend Gunnar comes in and the two join the party. They meet up with their other friend Tadji.
Some time into the party Claire decides to leave so she can get some sleep. On her way back a girl literally runs her over. Claire tries getting the girls attention but she continues to run. Then two male wraiths emerge and Claire realizes that they are chasing the girl. After some thought she intervenes and tells the girl to run. During the fight she has no choice but to use her powers to defend herself.
After the fight she runs home and gets her to-go back to run away. There were cameras when she used magic and sooner or later Containment will take her and send her to The Devil’s Isle. When she is downstairs she finds a man in her store. The man reveals that he knows she is a sensitive and that if she wants to stay out of The Devil’s Isle he is willing to help her. Claire does not know whether she should trust this man but she has no choice.
Containment arrive at the store and ask her some questions about the wraith attack. Much to her relief they have not seen the tape in which she displayed her powers. The man turns out to be Liam Quinn a bounty hunter. Once Containment leave Liam take’s Claire with him to have the tape erased. After that she takes her to his grandmother’s so that they can decide who will train her.
I was really surprised to read that Liam was very nice. It didn’t sound that way when I read the synopsis. I thought that he would be a jerk. But he surprised me. He was a genuinely nice person who really cared for people. I ended up liking him!
Claire was also an awesome character! I really loved her whole outlook on life and everything that she did. It surprised me whenever she pushed her emotions away and instead focused on what needed to be done. Her friends were also pretty cool (no love triangle)!
I liked reading about Claire and Liam’s interactions. They made a good team. While they do like each other there really isn’t a lot of romance in this book. The romance did not take away from the plot.
The world was very interesting! All the sensitives had different powers and it was interesting to read about some of the paras. As well as the team that some of the characters formed to stop the veil from opening. There was no black and white just grey in this world. I also found it surprising that after the war the characters didn’t have that much access to things like sugar.
Now for the characters backstories. I’ll start with Liam. Liam is twenty-seven. When his house got attacked he went searching for a job and got contracted to work for the government. During which he found out that not all sensitives are bad. His contract got terminated and he instead he became a bounty hunter. Sometime before the book his sister was murdered by wraiths. He has made it his mission to find out what’s happening with the wraiths.
Claire is twenty-four years old. Her father was killed during the war and since then she has taken over his shop. For the longest time she didn’t interact with anybody because she missed her father too much. But then she meet Gunnar and Tadji and they became friends.
While I was reading this I got confused on the amount of government sects there were. Some of the plot was a bit confusing. But aside from that I had no problems with this book.
Overall this was a really good book! I will definitely be reading the sequel The Sight! I recommend it to fans of the author and fans of fantasy.