The Illusionist's Apprentice
by Christy Cambron
-From the back cover-
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.
Nothing and no one are as they seem...
This Book received a 3.5 Bark rating.
I have to admit that I didn't really connect with the characters but the lusciousness of setting and detail more than made up for that. The real star of the story for me was the fascinating world of the Roaring 20's. This story has it all, the stereotypical flappers, car chases, and the lingo is just the bee's knees, but Kristy Cambron also richly layered everything, down to the tiniest detail, into a story that played out like a movie in my mind.
The Illusionist's Apprentice brings one of history's least written-about eras straight to life. It also delves into the mysterious world of vaudeville and illusion. It's a unique combination that makes for a very interesting read. And when you add in the historically accurate investigations into the claims of spiritualism and the hero and heroine's quest for the truth, well, it keeps you wondering what is real and what is just that, illusion...
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron a 3.5 Bark rating.