cover image The Veil

The Veil

Chloe Neill. NAL, $15 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-451-47334-9

The bestselling author of the popular Chicagoland Vampires series heads south for her new paranormal series. In an alternate version of the present day, the shattering of the magical Veil between our world and the world beyond released paranormal invaders. The subsequent magical war devastated the American South, leaving New Orleans in ruins. Seven years after the breach, the Veil has been patched, but military containment forces continue to hunt for banned magic, murderous wraiths, and human Sensitives created by magical seepage from the Veil. French Quarter shopkeeper Claire Connelly accidentally reveals her hidden telekinetic abilities while helping to fight off a wraith. Fortunately, sexy bounty hunter Liam Quinn agrees to keep her secret as long as she learns to control her ability. Before long, Claire is helping Liam investigate the increasing deadliness of wraith attacks, but complications ensue when they uncover a plot to reopen the Veil. The story moves fitfully at first, as Neill works to establish her setting and characters, but once the foundation is laid, the pace becomes brisk. Neill’s large cast of characters offers plenty of possibilities for future series intrigue and action. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (Aug.)