The Veil by Chloe Neill Review, Interview, & Giveaway!

PJV QUICKIE:

Chloe Neill’s new Devil Isle series is off to an excellent start. I loved The Veil. It’s set in post war New Orleans after a war with invading paranormals. Need I say more? Ok, I will. In my top ten below…

But first, I had the honor of interviewing Chloe Neill:

TGJ: Rachel and Patti are native to NOLA, and they’re interested in what made you choose NOLA as your setting for the The Veil? Did you make trips to NOLA for research or did you rely on other sources?

Chloe Neill: I was born and grew up in Arkansas, so I’ve been to Louisiana generally (and NOLA in particular) a few times. I’ve also done a lot of reading about southern history and culture and foodways. Like Chicago, NOLA has a lot of material to draw from in those areas. I’ve made one specific “scouting” trip thus far, and I’ll make a second in November. Although books and Internet research are crucial to my process, I really need to be “on the ground” in order to get a sense of what
neighborhoods and areas are really like. And I need more beignets. 😉

TGJ: When I read this quote from Moses (I really like Moses by the way. He’s my favorite para so far):

“You wanna talk about legal, honey? I been sitting in this goddamn neighborhood for six and a half years. Can’t go
anywhere else. Can’t see anything else. Can’t get home again. And why? Because your government is too studid to tell
the good guys from the bad guys. And you want to whine about what’s legal? You think this is legal? Interning people for
nearly a decade? You think this is due process?” (64)

I thought of Guantanamo Bay. Was Devil’s Isle modeled after Guantanamo Bay? Maybe a better question is did you have
any particular influences for your development of Devil’s Isle?

Chloe Neill: My editor also really loves Moses, as do I. 🙂

The sensibility of Guantanamo was certainly a political influence on the development of Devil’s Isle, although I believe I
did more historical research on the internment of Americans with Japanese ancestry during WWII.  People in power can
do very questionable things in the interest of security, and I think humans in the situation presented in THE VEIL would
really be flummoxed by what to do with these warring supernaturals. Killing them all would be cruel.  But you can’t let
them go, and you can’t really ship them anywhere (unless you’re willing to open the Veil again). Thus, you’ve got to lock
them up.

I’m also really interested in the culture that develops in communities under that kind of stress, so I’ve tried to imagine
how the Paras’ confinement in Devil’s Isle (or even humans’ lives in the Zone generally) would have led to new
languages, new foods, new traditions.

TGJ: As I read The Veil, I felt like there was a theme of accepting characters based on their actions rather than
automatically judging them based on their species:  “Human aren’t good because they’re human. And paras aren’t bad
because they’re paras” (69).

Do you think there is an underlying message or theme of acceptance in The Veil? Will this theme continue in the series?

Chloe Neill: Absolutely. I’d suggest it’s also a theme of recognizing that there’s good and bad in all of us. Political discourse right now is so focused on distinguishing between the “good guys” and the “bad guys.” But nobody is completely good or bad. Sometimes it’s a matter of admitting the complexities, the gray areas. That’s a really important issue for Claire, since she’s been taught since the war started that all paranormals are bad.

TGJ: In the book, the boundary between the Beyond and our world is called the Veil. Is the magic leak or resonance only
near the border of the Veil? How large is the Veil’s border? Does it go beyond the south?

Chloe Neill: Containment believes the Veil is finite; still large, but a contained “doorway” that follows the 90th line of longitude. We’ll learn more about it in future episodes. 🙂

TGJ: In your Chicagoland Vampires series, you write supernaturals up close and personal. Was it strange to write
paranormals or supernaturals as “the other” or from a distance? Will the paranormals become more prominent characters in the rest of the series?

Chloe Neill: It was strange to write all paranormals as default bad guys, primarily because Claire hadn’t been exposed to them before. (Although Merit thinks Ethan’s a bad guy in SOME GIRLS BITE, she figures out the truth pretty quickly.) I definitely look forward to exploring more of the creatures who we see only a glimpse of in THE VEIL, including the Seelie. 🙂

Thanks so much for having me today!

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It’s an interesting take on paranormal characters because they are not currently the main characters. It was different for me to read a book where the main characters weren’t supernatural.

Although paranormals are not the main characters, Claire is a sensitive who is affected by the influx of magic from the Veil, so you still get that UF/Paranormal feel from the book.

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The characters are survivors.

Even though the setting is in post-war NOLA, you don’t lose the uniqueness or feel of the city.

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Moses, the coolest paranormal in the book!

Several characters have strong family ties that create an intricate story.

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Liam is a strong, sexy bounty hunter who I imagine smells really good.

There are intricate rules for magic use or things could go really, really wrong.

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Claire is a resilient, practical, caring woman who has made lemonade out of lemons. (Sorry I couldn’t think of a better metaphor. It just fits)

There are a variety of paranormal characters to keep things interesting.

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The fun doesn’t stop here. Want more chances to win? You can also enter THE VEIL Grand Prize Giveaway, which runs July 27 through August 7 on Chloe’s web site. What is the Grand Prize Giveaway prize?

 

  • Fleur de Lis Amulet Pendant Necklace from New Orleans jewelry designer Mignon Faget
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • THE VEIL 5″x5″ cloth screenwipe
  • THE VEIL tote bag
  • THE VEIL bookmark, sticker, and pen
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmark, sticker, pen, keychain, and lanyard

And enter to win our prize

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Which includes:

  • THE VEIL tote bag
  • THE VEIL 5″x5″ cloth screenwipe
  • THE VEIL bookmark, sticker, and pen
  • Chicagoland Vampires including bookmark, pen, sticker, and lanyard

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The Veil by Chloe Neill Review, Interview, & Giveaway!

The Veil by chloe neill

Published by Penguin on August 4th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Paranormal, Romance, Urban
Pages: 336
Also by this author:
4.5 Stars

A brand new series from New York Times bestselling author Chloe Neill.   Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil's Isle.   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.  As more and more Sensitives fall prey to their magic, and unleash their hunger on the city, Claire and Liam must work together to save New Orleans, or else the city will burn…From the Trade Paperback edition.