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Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
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.
"Prepare to be amazed by The Illusionist's Apprentice." Greer Macallister, bestselling author of The Magician's Lie and Girl in Disguise
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was named to Library Journals 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 Journals 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.
Cambrons lithe prose pulls together past and present and her attention to historical detail grounds the narrative to the last breathtaking moments.
Cambron (The Ringmasters Wife) has written a gripping tale of suspense that will please her growing fan base.
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Illusion or MagicJune 15, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Wren 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.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The best secret are hidden in plain sight.June 3, 2017Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Its 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.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A delight to readMay 24, 2017Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
Jennybug524 Stars Out Of 5My New FavoriteMay 19, 2017Jennybug52Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 54 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.
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5IntriguingMay 10, 2017ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.