Series: Devil's Isle
Published: August 16, 2016
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 347 pages
In the first book in this series, we were very quickly shown that this wasn't going to be a remix of the Chicagoland Vampire series, the New Orleans version. Merit, Ethan and the gang are set in present day, just with addition of vamps and shifters. Claire lives in a much darker time, almost post-apocalyptic in tone, what with a war having been fought and martial law being enforced in the area.There are no shifters or vampires in Claire's world. There are however, angels, demons, and a whole host of creatures straight out of Grimm's Fairy Tales, the original, non-kid friendly version. I'm not generally one for such dark story lines, but there is enough humor and hope to keep this from being depressingly bleak or sinister.
Claire is working with a group called Delta, to learn how to not only save herself from Devil's Isle, but to protect the city itself from further attack by those beyond the Veil. Claire has to learn how to harness and control her power of telekinesis, or one day it will one day turn her into a magic sucking Wraith. She is also training with Liam, to be a bounty hunter, going after Wraiths before they can hurt innocent people. In addition to all this, she is still running her father's store, The Royal Mercantile.
The world building continues to expand as more secrets are revealed and Claire figures out who are Allies and who are Opponents in the struggle for the City of New Orleans and the paranormals and Sensitives who now live there. Not only is the world building top notch, but the dialogue is superlative. Take for instance, the following where Claire and Liam are talking while out canvassing a neighborhood for a suspected Wraith.
I glanced at him, his muscles taut beneath the short-sleeved shirt, strong hands on the steering wheel. "You like to sports?"
He lifted an eyebrow. "Do I like to sports? You should like a woman who's never said that word before."
"My dad didn't care about sportsball."
"You know that's not a thing."
"I do," I admitted. "But I like the sound of it."
Overall, I am really enjoying this serious divergence from the Chicagoland series. If you are a fan of the darker fairy tales or post-apocalyptic tales, you should really check this series out.
Berkley Publishing and Netgalley provided me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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...