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The Beyond

The Beyond audio coverBook 4 in the Devil’s Isle series
Author Chloe Neill
Narrated by Amy Landon
Published by: Tantor Media
Publication date Jun 4, 2019
Running time 10 hrs

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.


Sensitive Claire Connolly must journey to another world in the electrifying fourth installment of Chloe Neill’s post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series.

It’s been a year since the Veil between the human world and the world Beyond was torn apart, and war began again. Sensitive Claire Connolly and bounty hunter Liam Quinn have been helping their human and paranormal allies fight back against the ravaging invaders and save what’s left of New Orleans.

But a new enemy has arisen, more powerful than any they’ve seen before, and even Devil’s Isle cannot hold her . . .

When Claire learns of a new magical weapon—one built by paranormals themselves—she knows it could turn the tide of war. But to reach it, she and Liam will have to cross into the Beyond itself. In a world full of hostile magic and dangerous foes, she’ll have to channel the powers she once kept hidden in order to survive. New Orleans hangs in the balance, and the storm is growing closer . . .

My Take Oblong Shaped

I left my hometown at the first possible moment and hardly ever go back.  But, my city was divorced from its past by the destruction of the downtown communities and I don’t know that there was anything physically, or, emotionally that I would fight for it’s survival.  Granted, where I grew up wasn’t New Orleans.

The point is that Claire and her friends and family have been in a war with paranormal creatures who were supposed to exist “beyond the veil” but due to war and whatever the veil was ripped open and there was a a big war. In the war, some humans developed magical abilities which was previously cause for incarceration.  The Veil was closed and at the beginning of this series the veil seems to have re-opened. With this story a vengeful corps of Seeli Fae want the destruction of NOLA to avenge the death of their leader’s sister. 

But this story is really about loyalties: to family, to justice to fair play, to one’s society, to an ideal.  Why do Claire, Liam and others who are not part of  the military nor the captured, and incarcerated paranormals,  stay in the endangered, and dangerous, city of New Orleans? The rest of the country outside Louisiana is untouched. I have asked myself this in the first three volumes of the series.

There are a lot of reasons and the book, aside from being an exciting and suspenseful story, explores why people do things that may not seem rational but are nevertheless what they choose to do.  I enjoyed how Chloe brings these ideas to mind. 

Amy Landon’s narration gets a mixed review.  There’s a forced sultriness and strange cadence that, to me, makes it sound like Claire is trying to seduce the reader but not with the author’s story or words but with the narrator’s intent.

The series is good, and this is the fourth book so you want to start at the beginning.

BTW: As I wrote this I was exhausted having participated in my first archeological dig today. If there are errors I have to chalk it up to being wiped out.

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