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 has a background in art and design, but she fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. She is the bestselling author of The Ringmaster’s Wife, named to Publishers Weekly Spring 2016 Religion & Spirituality TOP 10. Her novels have been named to Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books and RT Book Reviewers’ Choice Awards Best lists for 2014 & 2015, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy’s first Bible studies, THE VERSE MAPPING SERIES, will release in 2018.

Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development from a Fortune-100 Corporation. Kristy lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and could probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.

Visit Kristy online at www.KristyCambron.com, Twitter: @KCambronAuthor, Facebook: Kristy-Cambron-Author, Instagram: KristyCambron.

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. Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Illusionist's Apprentice
    October 16, 2017
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wren Lockhart was an apprentice to Harry Houdini, continuing her work as an illusionist after his death. The illusions seem to continue into her private life as well. After she is seen by FBI agents Elliot Matthews and Connor Finnegan at a performance in a cemetery by Horace Stapleton, another illusionist who is attempting to raise a man from the dead (but it goes wrong), she is recruited by them to help in their investigation. Wren is a very complex character whose layers are peeled back little by little during the course of the book as she is drawn more and more into the mystery and becomes closer to Elliot. This is a rather unique book because of the time period (l927) and Wren's profession as illusionist. There are many twists and turns to the mystery and a very gentle romance. I liked the book very much. Kristy Cambron has become a "go to" author for me.
  2. Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Very interesting!
    September 15, 2017
    Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    About this book:

    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 mentors death, intent on burying her true identity.

    But when a rival performers act goes tragically wrong, the newly formed FBI calls on Wren to speak the truthand 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 FBIs investigation. All the while Houdinis words echo in her mind: Whatever occurs, the crowd must believe its what you meant to happen. She knows that if anyone digs too deep, secrets long kept hidden may find their way to the surfaceand 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 Magicians Lie, challenging all to find the underpinnings of faith on their own lifes stage.

    Series: As of now, no.

    Spiritual Content- 1 Corinthians 15:55 at the beginning; Prayers; A mini-talk about a gift Wren has received (salvation); A couple Hs are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & His light; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of faiths & religion; A few mentions of thanking God, the Almighty & Providence; A few mentions of miracles;

    *Note: Nearly all about mentions of mediums, sances, spells, talking to/summing spirits, & bringing a dead person back to life; Many mentions of spiritualists, spiritualism & defrauding them; Mentions of magic & mysticism; A mention of bad press being damning.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two blasteds, two darns, and two stupids; A bit of eye rolling; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); Pain, blood, passing out, being shot at, injuries, guns aimed, gunfire, almost drowning & kidnappings (up to semi-detailed); An explosion & smoke (semi-detailed); Punching someone (up to semi-detailed); *Spoiler* [Wrens mother died protecting Wren & her sister (she was pushed down the stairs by her abusive husband indirectly, both girls saw it and we see flashbacks of that day, up to semi-detailed) (hide spoiler)]*End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of wars, deaths, graves, bodies/corpses, killing, murders & bringing a dead person to life again; Mentions of hit men, gunfire, being shot, blood & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of hangings; Mentions of physical abuse & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of a drug & someone poisoned; Mentions of threats; Mentions of hatred; Mentions of gamblers, debts, loan sharks & cons; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, bootleggers, spiked drinks, the Prohibition & a mean drunk; Mentions of pubs, pints & drunks; Mentions of cigarettes & smoking; Mentions of lies, liars & lying; Mentions of gossip & rumors; A few mentions of thieves; A few mentions of jail & prison; A few mentions of blackmail; A few mentions of punching someone; A few mentions of a stuffed big-game cat (up to semi-detailed); A couple mentions of a hostage situation & murder; A couple mentions of crime scenes; A couple mentions of knifes; A couple mentions of a hangover.

    Sexual Content- a cheek kiss, two barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and two semi-detailed kisses; Touches, Nearness & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Noticing; *Spoiler* [Wren was conceived out of wedlock (hide spoiler)]*End of Spoiler*; Mentions of flirts & flirting; Mentions of slang for different women & their occupations; A few mentions of kisses & touches; A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of mens appreciating womens looks; Love, falling in love & the emotions;

    *Note: A couple mentions of a womans only talent being to shimmy around on a stage.

    -Wren Lockhart, age 26

    -Elliot Matthews

    P.O.V. switches between them & her mother (twice)

    Set in 1926-1927 {Flashbacks to 1907, 1910, 1916 & 1924}

    351 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- One Star

    Early High School Teens- Two Stars

    Older High School Teens- Three Stars

    My personal Rating- Three Stars

    What an interesting book. This was my first book by this author and it had an almost a poetic style of writing. I'm not quite sure where to start on these final thoughts, so let's just jump in.

    Wren. At first, I was thinking she might be a little over-the-top or very much like a suffrage woman of that time period, but she was very different. And I liked that about her. She didn't wear a men's suits to shock people, she did it to keep up her act. She was dedicated to what she was doing. She had that mysterious, independent, intriguing vibe about her. She has to be one of the more unique heroines I've read about in Christian fictionespecially as one that wasnt set one way or another on the suffrage movement. Her personal story was quite sad though. (And mentions of the abuse brought down the ratings.) She kept her wit about her though and it was quite entertaining. I actually wasn't aware this would be a romance story, so Elliot came out of left field for me. He was interesting as well, but I would have liked to learn a bit more about him.

    There wasn't an over whelming amount of faith content in this novel, but what was there came more towards the end and it was nicely done. :)

    Some might take sensitivity towards all the mentions of magic, mediums, and bringing someone back to life from the deadas those were all topics talked about and mentioned often.

    Overall, in my opinion, it was a very intriguing and interesting plot. I'm curious to read some of the author's other books.

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Thomas Nelson) for this honest review.
  3. Crystal
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Romance, danger and a nail-biting ending!
    July 17, 2017
    Crystal
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    Trained by Harry Houdini himself, Wren Lockhart has created a spectacular career as a vaudeville illusionist. When an innocent man dies during an unconventional show hosted by a mystical vaudeville performer, she is recruited by the FBI to help solve the crime. Although Wren attempts to cloak her heart by maintaining her peculiar on-stage persona and creating barriers to discussions about her painful past, she finds herself softening to FBI Agent Elliott Matthews. As Wren and Elliott piece together the evidence, they each overcome their own dark pasts, face danger as they are pursued by an unknown enemy, and find hope in the possibilities of new love.



    Filled with romance, danger, and a nail-biting ending, The Illusionists Apprentice packs quite a punch serving equal parts suspense novel and romance! Readers are allowed a peek into the secret world of early vaudeville and enjoy a suspense-filled murder mystery at its best! Cambron does a superb job at drawing the reader into Wrens exotic and lonely persona, and Elliott is a true hero in every sense of the word. I enjoyed watching a tender romance blossom as subtle changes occurred in Wren and Elliotts relationship. One of the most beautiful and breathtaking love stories Ive had the pleasure of reading for quite a while!



    This review contains my own thoughts and opinions. I have not been compensated by the publisher or author in any way.
  4. EAHendryx
    Santa Clarita, Ca
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A stunning 1920s mystery
    July 15, 2017
    EAHendryx
    Santa Clarita, Ca
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mysterious and filled with the rich history of the 1920s, The Illusionist's Apprentice will romance you with leave you longing for an era passed.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this latest book by Kristy Cambron. She's such a master at painting a vibrant picture with words, drawing you into the story and pulling on your heart strings at the same time.

    I loved Wren Lockhart's character and her affiliation to Harry Houdini as well as her own eccentricity's. She's a strong character who will stand up for what she believes, but there's a softness to her as well. Something that, eventually, comes out and makes her feel whole in the reader's eyes. The true fruition of her character is a wondrous thing to behold through the story.

    Slipping into the time-frame of this novel was a lot of fun for me. I enjoy the luxury and vibrancy of the 20's - a great decade to set this mystery in - and found myself thoroughly enjoying the delicate touches of information, description, and history. Kristy really has a beautiful way of drawing out emotion in her characters while painting a dynamic picture of what life could have been like during this time.

    As for the mystery, I feel like it was well formed. There were a few elements that I felt were made to be a big deal (I won't reveal them here so as not to spoil) but ended up seeming to not matter as much in the end. That confused me a little, but it didn't distract from the overall idea of the story.

    Also, as a larger focus of this book, Kristy deals with the ideas of illusion versus magic. I loved that she did this and had her characters learning as they went. It brings to mind another current book I'll be reading soon...but that's another review ;-)

    I would definitely recommend this to those who like historical fiction, mystery, and anything to do with the 1920s and the idea of illusion versus magic. Kristy is a beautiful, lyrical writer who will stun you with her artfully painted words!

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    I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

  5. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A stunning romantic suspense that's quite unlike anything else out there
    July 10, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Illusionist's Apprentice has a delicious air of mystery that carries through from start to finish. Everything about Wren is cloaked in secrecy -- even to the reader. And Cambron carefully selects tidbits of information that she reveals with painstaking care. I was about driven mad with curiosity -- frantically searching for answers even as I slowed down in order to savor the sheer beauty of the tale.

    All the complexities of Vaudeville make for an interesting backdrop for a suspense. So much scope for mystery and mayhem. And there's Wren in the middle of it all -- holding her own as she holds the world at arm's length. Until Special Agent Elliott Matthews breaks down her defenses. He is captivated and intrigued, she's wary and aloof. Superb dynamics that made for some incredible romantic tension. And oh my goodness, but he makes a divine hero. Assured, determined, gentle. Wren can't intimidate him. He sees past the illusions she has created and into the heart of the sensitive young woman she really is.

    A stunning romantic suspense that's quite unlike anything else out there.
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