Book 3 in the Devil’s Isle series
Author Chloe Neill
Narrated by Amy Landon
Published by Tantor Media
Publication date Sep 26, 2017
Running time 10 hrs 28 min
When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil’s Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of Paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.
Now the weight of Liam’s own secrets has forced him into hiding. When a government agent is killed and Claire discovers that Liam is the prime suspect, she races to find him before the government can. But she’ll discover proving his innocence is no simple matter. Their enemies are drawing closer, and time is running out . . .
Resolution with (waggling eyebrows) romance.
New Storyline with New Suspense.
Neill can do this — indeed she does it in almost every book of hers I’ve read. She builds and resolves tension, and then she is able to build it back. It’s kind of brilliant; it’s a high-wire act.
In fact, I usually don’t read books with angels (it’s a thing for me, I know, I just don’t) but I am actually interested in the role angels play here; more as fae then creatures from heaven.
Neill’s books, particularly in this series, don’t pull their punches – in fact they may punch a little harder. People die, they have [not too graphic] sex, they’re mean, and there’s some really bad examples of parenting here, and some evil stuff. And there’s some really good people who defy and resist authority at personal expense.
Chloe’s books are also so full and devoid of dead air that they are difficult to discuss without spoilers: there’s important content in each chapter.
Some issues leaving Claire up in the air, not literally, are resolved. She discovers some stuff about her past – does she get closure? You’ll have to read it to find out. I thought the story had some interesting twists.
Amy does a great job representing Claire’s story; Claire’s voice. She presents her with the character’s strength and yet with the vulnerability that makes her a really special character. Claire has the manners of a woman raised in the American south, the diplomacy of anyone walking a tightrope, and the hard aspects of a woman who grew up in a war and who knows loss.
I’ve never read a book by Chloe I haven’t loved, no matter how hard the topic, and this has some really hard stuff. I enjoyed it and feel thoughtful at the end about the questions raised. Here, it’s a bit about biological imperatives.
This is the third in the series and I don’t advise you to start here, but Neill is also good at subtly providing backstory. If, for some reason, you decide to start here it won’t be the best experience but you won’t be entirely lost.
But, my imperative to you is, if you dig paranormal thrillers and action stories then you’ll want to read this one.