The Sight by Chloe Neill
Series: Devil's Isle #2
Published by NAL
Published on: August 16, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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...
While Chloe Neill’s first DEVIL’S ISLE installment was high on action, THE SIGHT was more geared towards the political implications of two opposing sides learning to live together post war. The tension does come to a head around the halfway point which is when this book got really interesting, but the earlier chapters do make it somewhat difficult to get into the story which may cause some readers to give up prematurely.
There’s very little recap, and most of the world-building groundwork was laid in volume 1, so THE VEIL should definitely be the first item on your to-do list before advancing further in this series. I enjoyed this plot slightly less than the previous one because I thought that it was too soon for the author to be focusing on the parley between humans and the Consularis without having fully built up both sides of the feud yet.
There was some forward mouvement where Claire and Liam’s romantic relationship was concerned which made me happy considering that the sexual tension between these two was almost palpable. However, as in true Urban Fantasy fashion, it was more of a one step forward, two steps back kind of progression. Not wholly surprising given the genre, and Neill’s track record with her fictional couples *cough* CHICAGOLAND VAMPIRES *cough*
The secondary and lead characters were where this novel really excelled. Connolly’s gone from being a Sensitive in hiding, to opening up to a select few, to an all or nothing heroine. Liam made strides as well with regards to his bias towards Paranormals until… he didn’t. My favourites were Moses, Malachi and Tadji though, and all for very different reasons. Mind you, Gunnar and Gavin, Liam’s brother, were pretty memorable too.
THE SIGHT in itself wasn’t great, but the possibilities it opened up for book 3 were.
Devil’s Isle Series