Title: The Illusionist’s Apprentice
Author: Kristy Cambron
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Description from Goodreads: “Harry Houdni’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.
Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.”
Review: This is an entertaining and extremely suspenseful novel about illusion-ism and spirituality. This is vibrantly historical and seemed very well researched. I have never read anything even remotely like this book. It is original and unique, two very wonderful things in this day and age.
The characters were complex and interesting. I loved the way they interacted and how their relationships developed throughout the book. The descriptions were vivid and I was able to picture the story as I read. The dialogue was believable and well developed.
This was inspiring and it encourages your faith, not something that happens often in a book about illusionists! I found it very significant that the differences between magic and illusions were made very clear, something that is really important to a Christian reading this. The spiritual aspect of the book flowed well and was very natural.
This book was so amazing and shocking. It took me a while after I flipped that last page to catch my breath and even longer to be able to move past the end.
Recommendation: I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves historical novels. This is a unique and original novel that is not to be missed!
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*