I received this book for free from Hot Key Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Illusionists by Laure Eve
Published by Hot Key Books on August 7th 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: Hot Key Books
A thrilling, seductive and electrifying new adventure set in the world of FEARSOME DREAMER
A shocking new world. A dangerous choice. Two futures preparing to collide . . . Having left her soulmate White behind her in Angle Tar, Rue is trying to make sense of her new and unfamiliar life in World. Its technologically advanced culture is as baffling as is it thrilling to her, and Rue quickly realises World's fascination with technology can have intoxicating and deadly consequences. She is also desperately lonely. And so is White. Somehow, their longing for each other is crossing into their dreams - dreams that begin to take increasingly strange turns as they appear to give Rue echoes of the future. Then the dreams reveal the advent of something truly monstrous, and with it the realisation that Rue and White will be instrumental in bringing about the most incredible and devastating change in both World and Angle Tar. But in a world where Life is a virtual reality, where friends can become enemies overnight and where dreams, the future and the past are somehow merging together, their greatest challenge of all may be just to survive.
Review: I really enjoyed Fearsome Dreamer so was excited to read the conclusion, The Illusionists. I think Laure Eve has a beautiful writing style and I love her prose.
What really makes this series standout for me is the world building and how vivid the setting feels. Both World and Angle Tar are so well described and so easy to visualise. This really made a difference for me reading the books as I was able to fully immerse myself in the world. It was great to see more of World as well in The Illusionists as in Fearsome Dreamer most of the plot takes place in Angle Tar. Seeing World through Rue’s outsider eyes worked really well as well because she was as new to this as the reader.
The characters are really strong in the Illusionist and Wren in particular stands out as I both loathed him and felt there was an element of tragedy to his character. His feud with White was carried through and understood more as the plot progressed. The relationship between White and Rue was beautifully handled.
Rue really grows a lot in this book as she explores what she wants, whether that is in World or Angle Tar and I felt her journey felt true to the character. Eve really made me care about Rue and the other characters and invest in their development and adventures.
Towards the end things do develop very quickly and the ending is quite unexpected and the sort of ending that you need to take time to think over. I wasn’t entirely sold on the Castle plot if I’m honest, however I think that may be more personal preference.
Overall Eve is definitely a YA author to watch. The Illusionists is a satisfying, beautifully put together and crafted novel and I definitely want to read more from Laure Eve.