Monday, August 15, 2016

3.5 stars-- The Sight (Devil's Isle #2) by Chloe Neill

It's been ages since I've read one from Neill but I was quickly reminded of why I used to enjoy her books-- great characters, tension, and excitement wrapped up in a paranormal package. Oh yes. The Sight was a good reminder and an entertaining read.

The quick of it is that there are humans, there are paranormals and there are humans that hate both the paranormals and humans they interact with and are trying to wipe them out of existence. It's a dangerous world and Claire, Liam and their rag tag group are smack in the middle of it and the threat of danger that's rising. They've got to track down the radicals or it may cost them everything.

I liked Claire. She's a fighter who doesn't give up and gets her hands dirty when need be. She's also learning to deal with her magic and the fear of keeping it hidden. I really liked her and Liam who is rather sexy and a spot stubborn. Their romance is slow going and hesitant but they finally get there. Kinda sorta. And just a little sheet time.

Now the action. It really drove things and was fairly interesting. Since I didn't read book one I don't know how it all went down but basically a war with paranormals happened years earlier and since then they've been held on Devil's Isle and are under guard by humans. It's not been fabulous but it seems to have been stable until some loony tunes and his followers decide they've been called to eliminate all paranormals/magic and the humans that interact with them. Sneak attacks, hunting the enemy, forming alliances, survival. It kept my interest.

My little quibbles. There were bits that reminded me of Ilona Andrews series with power going out and it knocking out even the cars. And I did find the ending fairly anticlimactic but the time spent getting there was entertaining.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Sight. I liked the drama and the turmoil that held the city in it's grip, the relationships both of friendship, family and romantic varieties. It kept me riveted and reading all night (Baby G and I fell asleep around 6am lol). I'm looking forward to seeing what will happen next with this group. There is a somewhat cliffhanger which is typical of urban fantasy. The storyarc for this book was complete but the lives of the main characters carries on into their next adventure.

**This worked fine as a standalone if you haven't read book one. I wasn't lost or confused. Neill did a good job of explaining the world for any new arrivals.

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...

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