«The Illusionist’s Apprentice» by Kristy Cambron
Published: March 2017.
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It all starts when a supposedly magician claims he can bring a dead man back to life. After his show on New Year’s Eve, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder.
How could Agent Elliot Matthews find the truth of this case? He might need the help of the illusionist Wren Lockhart, the one who carries on her shoulders the legacy of Harry Houdini.
I was very, very excited to read this book because 1) The cover is beautiful 2) I had heard good comments about it, and 3) The plot is interesting!
The story had a great start. By chapter 4, I was completely drawn into it. I enjoyed the whole illusionists’ world, the references to Harry Houdini, Wren and Elliot’s exchanges. I was having a good time with this book.
Then, I’m not sure why, I began to lose interest in the characters and the mystery they were trying to solve. It might be just me. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood of detective plots after all. However, I do believe that the second half of the story was quite different from the first half; there were important events in that second part that I couldn’t feel very much, so I read them as facts.
Plus, Wren and Elliot are great characters, but I think they changed a bit too fast, especially Wren.
Basically, I can say that I was very involved in the beginning, but something happened along the way and I couldn’t enjoy the rest as much. Nevertheless, I did like the setting and the general concept of the book, it was original and fun!
**I received a copy of this book from HarperCollins Christian Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own**
+ «The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.» Socrates
+ «… a hero doesn’t always have to slay a dragon to save the day … Sometimes he just walks alongside you, and that’s enough.»
+»The longer you’re a part of this world, you may be asked to sacrifice even more of who you are.»
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