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 is an award-winning author of Christian fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She is a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at ministry events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10, Library Journal Reviews’ Best Books, RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations.

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

To stay connected, visit: www.kristycambron.com

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. Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing Mystery
    February 28, 2018
    Beth
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I've enjoyed every book I've read by Kristy Cambron so far. The Illusionist's Apprentice takes on an intriguing time in history, as well as fascinating subject matter - vaudeville illusionists, both those that admitted their trick were illusion and those that attempted to fool the public into thinking that it was real. Wren Lockhart, despite her career as an illusionist, doesn't want to fool anyone. She is however, very protective secrets, including those of her time with the famous Houdini. FBI Agent Elliot Matthews is after the truth, no matter what secrets may be uncovered. When they are brought together in an investigation, the cost of uncovering Wren's secrets is higher than either of them realize.

    Wren is a mysterious character, and to be honest, I felt held at arm's length of her for much of the story. I know she is supposed to be very private, etc. but sometimes I wished that that wasn't the case for the reader as well as Elliot. Speaking of Elliot, I actually warmed up to his character more, and it was only in the last quarter of the story, when some of Wren's past is revealed, that I felt like I knew her more. I can say that this added to the mysterious tone of the story. The pacing is a good combination of suspenseful moments, interspersed with moments from Wren's past that help the reader understand her motivations in the current time. Though I did wish for a bit better connection with the characters, the plot is engaging and the story line is evocative, immersing me into the secrecy, glamour, and danger of the vaudeville world. Kristy Cambron is a writer that I will continue to follow, and I'm looking forward to reading more of her books!

    Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this novel. This review is my honest opinion.
  2. Kym
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Not all illusions happen on the stage
    December 31, 2017
    Kym
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Not all illusions happen on stage.



    Wren Lockhart was apprentice to the famous illusionist Harry Houdini. After his death, Wren is determined to continue her career, as well as keep her true identity hidden. But when a rival performers act goes tragically wrong Wren is called on to speak the truth, including revealing who she really is. Wren knows if anyone digs too deep, the past she has been so careful to hide could resurface and shatter her world.

    I loved the setting of this story. The Jazz Age. Where do I begin? The music, the fashion, Kristy Cambron described the details so vividly and I felt as if I was there beside Wren. I enjoyed how carefully Ms. Cambron weaved the past and present together, giving just enough of each story to keep me up at night needing to read more. She really brought it all to life for me. All the while through the story I kept asking How do you kill a man who is already dead?? My mom can verify that I was asking that, lol. We were on vacation when I was reading this book and she heard me voice that question a few times. How do you kill a man who is already dead? I will let you figure that one out!



    *I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild in exchange for my review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts*
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Crystal
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Romance, danger and a nail-biting ending!
    July 17, 2017
    Crystal
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    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.
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