Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”
Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.
Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.
Reading Illusions of Fate is like taking a stroll through a magical chapter from an older time in London except add tangles and twists and a little bit of suspense. At least, that’s how I felt while reading this story. I adored reading this historical fantasy and each story line that was in it.
Kiersten White has a way with creating snarky, strong female leads and I absolutely love that. Jessamin is as strong as they come in this story. I love how much she respects friends and family, however I do wish she would have given into Finn a little quicker. There was a lot of pushing away when he clearly adored her.
On the fella side, I adored our leading boy Finn. He’s charming, self-sacrificing, and truly does everything for the good of others. With Kelen, I almost thought at first we would get a love triangle. As the story goes on though Kelen, as a character, kept me guessing. I kept trying to figure out his role…and man, I was shocked when it was revealed. Plus, I love his name!
The only thing about this book is I wish they delved a little deeper into the magic part. I wanted to know the ins and outs and all the secrets, however the book focuses more on the story line of main characters which isn’t a bad thing! Other than that, I thought Illusions of Fate was a magically-weaved, fanatically written historical fiction.
– 4 out of 5 splatters –