Author: Chloe Neill
Series: A Devil's Isle Novel (Book 2)
Publication: NAL (August 16, 2016)
Description: 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 growing threat before magic corrupts them both...
My Thoughts: The second Devil's Isle novel adds to the tension in a New Orleans that has already been the epicenter of a war when paranormals broke through the Veil. Now, the war is over and the paranormals who were taken as prisoners of war are being house in Devil's Isle - an internment camp. Some were not contained and some humans were infected with the magic and have become Sensitives who are in danger of being overwhelmed by the magic and turned into wraiths.
Our heroine Claire is one of those Sensitives who is trying very hard to learn to control the magic and keep from being a wraith. Meanwhile, she is running her business Royal Mercantile which used to sell antiques and now sells things like MREs and duct tape. Her boyfriend Liam is a bounty hunter who is tasked with capturing escaped paranormals and Sensitives. He chooses which bounties he'll go after. The possibility that he might someday have to take Claire to Devil's Isle is the one thing that makes him hesitant to grow his relationship with Claire.
But neither of them has much time to focus on their relationship because a man named Ezekiel has been gathering his army of supporters and fanatics to kill all the paranormals and all those who are working in Containment and any other humans they have deemed traitors. There antics began with marches but quickly escalate to bombings and outright battles to destroy Devil's Isle and the paranormals who live there.
This was an action-packed story filled with tension. It was also filled with interesting characters. I love Claire who is brave and loyal and often reckless. I like the way Liam balances her. I also liked the variety of people that make up the supporting characters. I can't wait for the third book in September.
"God," I said, rubbing my hands over my face. "Could you have picked a trainee with more drama? I'm sorry."I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.
"No," Liam said. "Don't ever apologize for who or what you are. A lot of people would have walked away from New Orleans, from Royal Mercantile. You built something, Claire. You are heart and recklessness and fire. The drama just came along for the ride."