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. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Illusion or Magic
    June 15, 2017
    RobbyeFaye
    Anniston, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Wren Lockhart becomes embroiled in a mystery of epic proportions when, not long after Houdini's death, she is at the scene of a possible murder.

    Elliot Matthews is an agent in the recently formed FBI. He notices Wren, an eccentric woman dressed in men's clothing, while attending the same event that culminates with a man's death.

    Kristy Cambron has written a lengthy story about the life of an illusionist in the 1920s. Her attention to detail during that era is noteworthy. However, the story is slow-paced with a lot of flashbacks, tending to cause the reader to lose interest. Wren is a very closed up character whom you never really get to know until near the end of the book. Because of this, it is hard to be invested her life, and she is one of the main characters!

    Miss Cambron shows, through dialogue and some illustrations, the differences between illusion and magic. I feel she wants the reader to be sure they know magic isn't healthy and illusion is just sleight of hand-a tenuous difference at best.

    I tried to read the book with an open mind, but it was too dark and mystical, not to mention, just too ponderous for me.

    I received a copy of The Illusionist's Apprentice from The Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to provide a review.
  5. Angela Bycroft
    Owhango, New Zealand
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The best secret are hidden in plain sight.
    June 3, 2017
    Angela Bycroft
    Owhango, New Zealand
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Its an old secret of the trade - secrets are best hidden in plain sight. Every illusionist worth their salt knows that

    From one of the most gorgeous covers of any book I have seen in quite sometime, Kirsty Cambrons Illusionists Apprentice glitters like a jewel from its rich setting of the 1920s. Wren Lockhart as she is know from the stage, trained and apprenticed for the legendary Harry Houdini and now after his death she carries on the tradition of magic and slight of hand.

    When a rival illusionists illusion goes horribly and criminally wrong - Wren must join forces with FBI agent Elliot Matthews to bring those responsible to justice. They both soon discover that there are many layers of illusion, mystery and suspense - with Wrens past playing more than a passing detail to the outcome.

    A hero doesnt always have to save the day. Sometimes he just walks alongside you through the fire and thats enough

    The Illusionists Apprentice is a story that lives large and bright - long after the last page is read. Dripping in rich detail and clever plot slight of hand. Definitely a keeper.
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