Book Review: The Illusionist's Apprentice

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

From the publisher:
Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.

Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.

In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.

Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. 

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First off, the setting of this book is amazing. I'll give any book a try if it takes place in the 20s and this one drew me in even more with the promise of illusions and magic and murder and vaudeville. The book is enchanting. The story begins with no hesitation, and you're immediately thrust into the mystery and the lives of the characters. This is not a book you'll struggle to get into. 

Cambron's descriptions are really beautiful. She makes the simplest things sound extremely interesting. The characters and settings are all fully explored and developed, making for a more reader oriented book. 

The plot is so intriguing and unlike anything else I've read. Though there are books out there about the 20s or illusionists or vaudeville, none seem to combine all of these elements quite so impressively and with quite as much fun. This is a very entertaining book. 

Book links: Goodreads, Author Website
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The Illusionist's Apprentice
I received an advanced copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review. Check out the rest of the tour here!

1 comment:

  1. The 1920s is an era I really enjoy reading about - it was an exciting time, full of big changes and optimism.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!