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…
Our heroine is Claire and she's a Sensitive, which means she has a gift for magic and can move things with her mind. She's alone now running the shop her father left her and determined to follow his mandate “stay quiet, work hard" but hiding in plain sight is getting harder each day. When Claire saves a young girl from vicious Wraiths her magic is exposed but Liam, a bounty hunter from Devil's Isle, shows up and offers to help her hide the evidence. Liam's sister was killed by the monsters and he is determined to get justice but how can Claire trust him when there's a chance she might become one of the monsters herself!
Oo, such a good premise and well written too. If honest, I never really got into this author's previous vampire series as I didn't like the characters but I found these new ones to be quite intriguing. Claire is a lonely sort with just two friends but even then, she can't reveal her abilities and what she's capable of. It's almost liberating in many ways to be honest with Liam and not have to hide who she really is but that opens up a whole new world of hurt.
There's undoubted attraction between them but so much is up in the air and I liked that it wasn't instant love. Those who believe the war is over are in for a huge surprise and there's treachery in very high places.
As the first book in the series, The Veil sets up the world and the characters that might become important to Claire but I had visions of Scoobies! Still every story has to start somewhere and I will definitely read more as I'd like to find out just where Claire's journey leads her.
I'm not a fan of books set in New Orleans usually, as it's done far too often but I do think the setting worked very well in this storyline so that's a plus. I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy urban fantasy.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley.