The Illusionist's Apprentice, a Novel
The Illusionist's Apprentice, a Novel  -     By: Kristy Cambron
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Even for a female vaudevillian, Jenny "Wren" Lockhart is considered eccentric. An heiress who prefers gentleman's dress, she was also Harry Houdini's apprentice---and holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in history! Will sinister forces silence her before she has a chance to reveal the truth to the world? 352 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 071804150X
ISBN-13: 9780718041502

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Not all illusions happen on the stage.

Wren Lockhart, apprentice to master illusionist Harry Houdini, uses life on a vaudeville stage to

escape the pain of her past. She continues her career of illusion after her mentor’s death, intent on burying her true identity.

But when a rival performer’s act goes tragically wrong, the newly formed FBI calls on Wren to speak the truth—and reveal her real name to the world. She transfers her skills for misdirection from the stage to the back halls of vaudeville, as she finds herself the unlikely partner in the FBI’s investigation. All the while Houdini’s words echo in her mind: Whatever occurs, the crowd must believe it’s what you meant to happen. She knows that if anyone digs too deep, secrets long kept hidden may find their way to the surface—and shatter her carefully controlled world.

Set during one of the richest, most vibrant eras in American history, this Jazz Age novel of illusion, suspense, and forgotten pasts is perfect for fans of The Magician’s Lie, challenging all to find the underpinnings of faith on their own life’s stage.

"Prepare to be amazed by The Illusionist's Apprentice." —Greer Macallister, bestselling author of The Magician's Lie and Girl in Disguise

Author Bio

Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was named to Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014 and nominated for RT Book Reviews’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and for the 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal’s Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick for RT Book Reviews. Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three young sons. Website: www.kristycambron.com Twitter: @KCambronAuthor Facebook: Kristy-Cambron-Author.

Editorial Reviews

'Cambron takes readers on an amazing journey into the world of vaudeville illusionists during the Roaring Twenties. This novel includes an intriguing mystery that adds adventure and suspense to the intricately detailed historical drama . . . The romance is wonderfully portrayed as well, rounding out the story with tenderness.'
“Cambron’s lithe prose pulls together past and present and her attention to historical detail grounds the narrative to the last breathtaking moments.”
“Cambron (The Ringmaster’s Wife) has written a gripping tale of suspense that will please her growing fan base.”

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  1. Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delight to read
    May 24, 2017
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Illusionist's Apprentice

    By Kristy Cambron

    Wren Lockhart is hiding a secret, and not just the secrets as to her illusions and how she performs them. Rather her secret is one that goes back to the moment her childhood ended 20 years prior and she'll do anything to protect what is hers...

    But when a publicly touted illusion goes very wrong Wren becomes a person of interest to the FBI just because she witnessed the illusion from the outer fringes. But working with the FBI could hurt her reputation as an illusionist and bring the scorn of those within the profession upon her. But lives and reputations are at stake including Wren's and the FBI agents who are seeking the truth.

    The Illusionist's Apprentice takes the reader back in time. The main focus of the book is set in 1927 with backstory reveals throughout that that take the reader to 1907, 1910 and 1916 as key moments from Wren's past are revealed. This is an intricate and complex illusion that will take all of Wren's efforts to discover who is behind this illusion. But she can't do it alone and must rely on the unwanted and, yet, appreciated help of the FBI - specifically Agent Elliot Matthews and his partner Agent Connor Finegan.

    Take a step back in time to the 1920's when life was not so technically tethered and enjoy a mystery that is wrapped in the deceptive and alluring power of illusion. The book is as entertaining as the cover hints at it being. Historical fiction, romance, and mystery this book will captivate you from the opening page.

    I was provided a review copy of this book by the Fiction Guild with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Jennybug52
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    My New Favorite
    May 19, 2017
    Jennybug52
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    4 stars- I really enjoyed this book. I have read all of Kristy Cambron's novels and this is my new favorite. The roaring 20's are such a fascinating period in time that I loved learning about in this book. I don't know much about Houdini but I learned quite a bit about him in this story. He sounds like he was a very intriguing person. Because of the book I found myself googling his name and enjoyed reading even more about him. I love books that tie in real people with a fictional story. Wren was a very interesting character, although she seemed much older than her years. She had so much baggage and was such a complex character, it was fascinating to get inside her head and learn more about her. Elliot was also a very likable character and I enjoyed the back and forth between him and his FBI partner and also between him and Wren. There was plenty of action and intrigue throughout the story and I enjoyed it very much.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing
    May 10, 2017
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Illusionist's Apprentice was a well written story that transported me back into time by including important but not dull, historical facts. And the best part? The story included Harry Houdini.

    Wren Lockhart has guts to live outside the box. Wearing men's clothes, she's the ultimate illusionist, not to be confused with anything involving magic. I thought this angle was intriguing. She's loyal to her family to a fault and keeps herself closed off from the world. Thrown into solving a mystery, she finds herself falling for the investigator, Elliot Matthews.

    I loved the backstory, which is super strange to say but it was intricately told without being overwhelming. The whole book had me hanging on for more.

    This is my first of Kristy Cambron's books and I've added two more to my must read pile. I will admit, her cover designs are a huge draw (even when I shouldn't be judging a book by its cover).

    The Illusionist's Apprentice is a great story and totally worth the read. A five out of five stars.
  4. Just Commonly
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    With one of the most distinguished characters! Extraordinary!
    May 5, 2017
    Just Commonly
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Reading The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron takes you into the Jazz Age with pizzazz and vivacity. It speaks to the talent of the author when a reader feels like they've been brought into the world of the novel, and be fully immersed in its characters and plot. That is how one will feel with The Illusionist's Apprentice.

    "You don't see it. No one does, really. I've become quite good at hiding who I am. . ."

    Stunning is not an enough word to describe this book of illusion, of trickery and of suspense. We're compelled to turn the page, follow Wren, one of the most distinguished character I've read in a long time, and Agent Elliot to solve more questions than the murder case at hand. Wren is tenacious with a quiet strength that shines beyond the illumination and mystique of her profession. Elliot is determined and protective. Together, they may just find the faith necessary to see beyond the darkness of their past and present, and forge a future.

    "For if there was darkness, that could only mean the presence of light was near enough to overcome it."

    The romance is beautiful, the historical details extraordinary, and the message of self-discovery of faith, truth, forgiveness and the correlation of all of them, is undeniably the strength of this novel. The Illusionist's Apprentice brings more than a story, it engages us with our lives, tying in what is intrinsically relevant between our illusions and reality. And Sherlock Holmes fans won't miss the references!

    "Whatever darkness there is, God's light shines brighter. It has to. He's the Hero in every story - especially this one."

    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

    Please note, quotes were taken from an advance reader's copy, which is more a less an uncorrected proof. Please do not reuse these unless you've verified with the release copy. Thank you.
  5. Deana
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Is It Real or an Illusion?
    May 1, 2017
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I was intrigued with this book from the beginning. It was eerie to read about a dead man that was alive and coming out of a coffin. The crowd was awestruck until the man feel down. Was he really alive the whole time? Was it an illusion to get an audience to come to the show? Magicians have always fascinated me and the author does a masterful job of taking us into a world very few people get a glimpse of.

    The references to Houdini and his secrets were so intriguing that I was captivated by the authors superb knowledge of him. Can you imagine working beside Houdini? What would you do with all the secrets you knew about him? Wren is a great character and I found her to be sly, steady, aware of her surroundings and guarded with secrets many would want to know. Why has the FBI asked her to help solve a crime? Wren is very well know among the illusionists and she is very suspicious of anyone who wants to expose them.

    I loved the beautiful writing and the way the author swept us to a time period that many don't talk about. Houdini was very smart and taking on Wren as his apprentice was everything she had hoped for. Secrets and mystery take this story to back alleys and unsavory characters. The author has written another story that takes figures from history and mixes them with fictional characters . The end result is a masterpiece of intrigue , exciting characters, secrets that must be kept hidden and danger that lurks in the darkness. This is another outstounding book by an author that mixes reality and fiction and gives readers an exciting look into the past.

    I received this book from The Fiction Guid. The review is my own opinion .
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