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A shocking new world. A dangerous choice. Two futures preparing to collide...Having left White behind her in Angle Tar, Rue is trying to make sense of her new and unfamiliar life in World. Its 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 desperatelyA shocking new world. A dangerous choice. Two futures preparing to collide...Having left White behind her in Angle Tar, Rue is trying to make sense of her new and unfamiliar life in World. Its 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 to survive....

Title : The Illusionists
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ISBN : 9781471402609
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 412 Pages
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The Illusionists Reviews

  • Mieneke
    2018-12-01 01:27

    The Illusionists is Laure Eve’s second novel in the Fearsome Dreamer sequence. While I really enjoyed Fearsome Dreamer, I did have some niggles with it, mostly to do with pacing and structure. In The Illusionists these problems have all been ironed out and the book is a far smoother read and the story is still as interesting and complex as Eve’s debut. As an added bonus, the protagonists are easier to relate to as well, having lost some of their rougher edges.  The focus of the The Illusionists’ narrative was far more on Rue, rather than White who I felt loomed larger in the previous book. While there are still chapters from White’s, Wren’s and Frith’s viewpoints, Rue is very much the heart of this story. Having fled to World at the end of Fearsome Dreamer, she’s now in a new place and feeling rather isolated, not speaking the language and Wren the only one able to translate for her. There is a sense of culture shock to her reactions on reaching World, which are a louder echo of her reactions in the previous book upon arriving in Parisette. It also means that Rue has to do some accelerated growing-up and loses some of her previous self-importance. There is a lot of honesty in Rue’s inner dialogues and I really liked that Rue isn’t afraid to admit – at least to herself – that running away was a mistake.White’s story is far more about him discovering what is important to him beyond discovering his abilities. His examination of his feelings for Rue, Frith, and himself at times ends in painful self-recrimination, but is interesting and the development of the love story between White and Rue is lovely. Much of this is conducted indirectly and without actual contact between the two, at least that is what they themselves think. The connection of their dream meetings to Rue’s abilities is the one place where Eve deploys the not talking to each other tactic I disliked in Fearsome Dreamer as well. It turns out both White and Rue are unaware that Rue has the ability to make people share her dreams, yet her classmates are well aware and never bother to comment on it, not even to tease.Wren becomes somewhat of a tragic villain, seeing how he develops through the narrative. He becomes harder to sympathise with as the story goes along and we see more of his treatment of Rue, but in his own chapters it becomes clear that he is a troubled young man, one trying to prove his worth to himself and others and he just can’t seem to make the right decisions. Frith’s story arc was quite the opposite really. After a confrontation with White, Frith has to recover himself and we travel with him back to Rue’s home town and we finally discover more about his history and his past with Fernie in particular. His story is another that plays with the importance of memory and how it shapes who we become. I enjoyed the questions it evoked and the answers Eve provides or leaves open to the reader’s interpretation.She takes a similar approach to the explanation of Rue’s abilities and the true nature of the Castle, the mysterious other place, where the monsters are locked away, but threatening to break free and destroy humanity as we know it. Eve reveals much, yet leaves some of it open to interpretation. She also included some huge twists to Rue’s story, which very much alter the way one reads the previous book. The final twists of the story were amazing, I really hadn’t seen those coming, yet they felt fitting. They force Rue to step up and become a leader and in a way validate her previous sense of self-importance and destiny, just at a point where she doesn’t really care about all of that anymore.The epilogue is bitter sweet, especially since while the story is very much finished, it doesn’t bode well for our gang’s ultimate future. It wraps up the narrative elegantly, while leaving Eve an opportunity to tell more of Rue’s story in the future should she choose to revisit Angle Tar. The books are very much a duology though and work better when read together, so I’d advise getting both of them and reading them in one go. With The Illusionists Laure Eve wraps up her debut series in style and I truly can’t wait to see what she’ll do next.This book was provided for review by the publisher.

  • Rezeda
    2018-12-05 01:25

    I really liked it in the end, though in my opinion it's a bit unfair to call this "a second book" - it's just the second part of one quite long but good book. What I did not like: that the World picture still has some holes in it (the Castle, too, but that's okay, because it's the way it should be; but with the World I felt as if the author have cheated a bit). What I did like: language, vivid descriptions, characters that all have both flaws and redeeming qualities. Surprisingly correct (for foreign author) usage of Russian swear word :). The ending without a hint of "happily ever after", despite (temporary?) salvation of the humanity. And most of all - slow, but somehow inexorable pull of the story.

  • Ingvild
    2018-12-18 02:25

    Damn me and my crippling inability to give books low ratings. I suppose I just read good books.Fearsome Dreamer was good, but not overwhelming. The Illusionists, on the other hand, blew me away.Because we already knew the setting, the two countries Angle Tar and World, and most of the characters, Rue, White, Frith, Wren, and even Cho a little bit, there was more time to focus on the intricacies of the plot, and the action. I liked that. However much I like world- and character-building, it was not a bad thing to be done with most of that. Since it has been a while since I read FD, I do wish we would have brushed up on a few things, like, what exactly was Rue's relationship with Lea and Lufe and those other boys again? What exactly happened between Frith and Oaker? Some of the details have escaped my mind (just like Frith, harr harr!), and I could have needed a little reminder. Oh, and I noticed a change in POV character in the middle of a chapter? Maybe that happened in more chapters, I don't know, but we were definitely in a White chapter when we were going to the medic hall to find Wren─inside Rue's head! Yeah, okay, the book has little flaws here and there, but do you know what? I've had trouble finishing books for quite a while. I have trouble staying concentrated, see, but today I think I read about 200 pages of The Illusionists, because, you know, it got me excited. It got me hooked. Part two was just extremely engaging, and I was literally crying my way through the last few chapters.Everything just... turned around. Fearsome Dreamer was pretty straight forward, and I didn't think the sequel would surprise me too much, but holy fuck, Laure Eve really must have pushed her creativity hard, because I was surprised at every turn, and the plot twist with Frith, and... the major plot twist at the end. Let me tell you, I did not see that coming. And gaah, the friendship of the Talented, and especially Rue and Lea... I just can't. It gave me a Harry Potter vibe, you know, when they fight the dementors during the Battle of Hogwarts, and Harry is completely losing it, and then he hears Luna's voice, like "think of something happy, Harry," and all his friends are around him, fighting off the dementors when he can't. It was like that. The Castle was like a cross between the trip to the Ministry of Magic in Order of the Phoenix, and the things they encounter in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Narnia). There was power. I mean, a lot of authors write fantastical things, but not all of them manage to write truly powerful things; epic moments of overcoming your greatest fears and relying on your friends and using what you've learned during the book to beat the enemy. BUT THIS HAPPENED IN THE ILLUSIONISTS, AND I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT IT. Oh, and there was romance, let's not forget. There was deep and honest and no-nonsense romance, like when the characters finally were able to get rid of the complicated attitudes that were literally the only things that stood between them, and just... fall into each other's arms, basically. There was the love where two characters stand together like a team through everything. When it's just so obvious that they belong together. And there was subtle romance you weren't quite sure about, and possible crushes that were never confirmed. (Come on, let's discuss Wren's feelings for White.)No, but really. This book was special. It made a genuine impression on me. My feelings for this book are much more real than my feelings for FD ever were, I think. I mean, FD was good, but it wasn't anything close to this. I just really, really liked it. It didn't feel distant, I mean, it did sometimes, but only when it was supposed to. Things felt crazy sometimes, and I even felt almost in a daze at one point (I've only slept 6 hours, though), but right then Rue was like "can we be sure this is even real?" and I really felt her. And Rue, who had been a regular human being, an actually good main character with a personality... She went through so much, and in the end we realized just how extremely important and special she was. And extemely important and special characters aren't always good, and usually it's because they're always extremely important and special, I think. But when it just dawn on you at the end, after seeing everything they have been through, and seeing with your own eyes what makes them special... That's something different entirely. And all the little things building up to the resolution. It was so neatly done, and I am in awe. Oh, and one note on World: FINALLY A DYSTOPIA THAT ISN'T UTTERLY UNREALISTIC AND STUPID.God, I'm just rambling, aren't I? I can't form a structured review when I'm really tired and have just exited a very emotional world, so this is it. I loved The Illusionists. It rocked my soul and made an impression. Thank you.BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO WHITE

  • emma
    2018-12-08 07:43

    oh my god WHATTTT NOOOO I NEED MORE YOU CANT DO THAT TO ME GODDDDDthis book blew me away it was so great. i love the blend of fantasy sci-fi and dystopia, and the whole dreamer/jumper lore. the plot was insane in this one, it kept ramping up from the very first page. these books are so good, i can't believe it's taken me this long to read them.

  • Summer Ashbee
    2018-12-10 23:27

    4.5 stars.I've loved reading this duology. I don't know what I was expecting from this series but I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as a did. I'm very happy that it is just a duology, two books is perfect for this story.

  • Kirsty Stanley
    2018-12-20 06:48

    Well, I didn't expect that ending. Need some time to process and think back.

  • Laura
    2018-12-14 06:19

    More like 3.75 stars, but this book, especially the ending, was a good surprise. I've read the first book a while ago, and so I feel like a missed some things sometimes, and the middle and the beginning of the book didn't really hold my attention. BUT THE ENDING. Really liked it. I liked it because it suggests that the main characters, although they got a happy ending now, won't be living a very easy life, and more problems will come in the future, but the author only hints what those problems may be. Also, really liked how this series discuss magic and technology, and its similarities.Yeah, I liked it. I'm glad I read this book series.

  • Shannon
    2018-11-28 07:40

    Read my full review on my blog HERE--------------This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year because of how much I enjoyed the first book in the series, Fearsome Dreamer. A big thank you to Hot Key Publishing for sending me a review copy !The novel picked up a little after the end of the events in Fearsome Dreamer. I felt the novel began with a great spurt of enthusiastic action and suspense. The plot centred more around Rue, and her life in World. I really enjoyed reading about the relationships between Wren, Rue and White and how they all were connected. The mysterious and ominous dream place of the "Castle" was so interesting to read about and I really enjoyed the plot twists it provided. The plot of the novel was really fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were so many twists and turns in the plot that I did not see coming at all. I really enjoy the dream and clairvoyance aspect to the novel. I think it makes it so much more interesting and unique than other sci-fi and fantasy novels out now. The pacing of the novel was perfect, giving just enough information out at a time. I really dislike novels that give out too much info at one time because it doesn't read well. There were a few twists, one in particular at the end of the novel, that I am still reeling over. I did have a few problems with the..............Continue reading my full review on my blog HERE

  • Sofia
    2018-12-11 03:32

    I received a copy of this book over a Goodreads giveaway and I'm sooooo thankful!So where should I start. I thought this was gonna be a bit boring because I always think sequels are boring. Boy, was I wrong.First of all, there are so many words to describe this book: fun, exciting, romantic, sci-fi, fantasy, action packed, Dr. Who-ish... The end left me speechless and mind was tied in knots because of everything that's happened.Characters are simple but they make you love them so much. The situation with (SPOILER!) time-traveling left me a bit (jk, A LOT) confused and it reminded me of Time Traveler's Wife (which I don't like) but this was waaay better than that and the romance wasn't as sappy. Romance was just wonderful. All in one, this was very good book and I enjoyed reading it. I can't wait for the third book to come out! <3

  • Romi (likes books)
    2018-12-11 03:24

    Thank you to Hot Key Books for this review copy!I don't know whether I liked this more or less than Fearsome Dreamer- truly I think I like both the same amount, but each has something the other doesn't and if you were to mash them together they would have been a perfect read for me- but it did have more elements to it that worked for me. Rue grew so much as a character, became someone who I didn't find myself frustrated by but understood, and to see that growth happen over a single novel was convincing and really wonderful. There is action and drama and love and misunderstanding and hope and loss and a really, really confusing ending that didn't really work for me, but all in all I enjoyed this a LOT.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-27 03:34

    I'm quite certain that this is the best book I've read this year. Packed with action, fantasy elements(the Talented, the Castle and the monsters), science fiction (Life) and alternative headlines/timelines The Illusionists is a book you just can't put down until you've read every single page. The writing is well paced, not too fast or too slow, although there are some timeskips, especially between the first couple of chapters. Another good thing is that as the duology means 2 books, you don't have to read through filler chapters that are there just to take up pages. Everything is there for a reason.Definitely a must read for every fan of literature about the possible future.

  • Cassia Price
    2018-12-18 02:41

    Interesting plot-twist in the final chapters, but it felt somewhat unnecessary in the scheme of things. However, I appreciated the way that Rue was the focus of the end of the novel, as she drove the start of the first book. She was what drove the story through both books, as they were both slow-paced at times. I would have liked to know more about certain characters before they became so prominent, but overall I enjoyed this more than Fearsome Dreamer. I may forget World, but Rue in her Angle Tar will remain with me.

  • Christina
    2018-12-12 04:37

    3.5 stars. This didn't feel like a conclusion to the story. There was still so much left unanswered that could have easily filled another book. Also (view spoiler)[ the whole Frinch/Fernie explanation was unnecessary and instead of answering existing questions, posed new ones which was frustrating (hide spoiler)]

  • Caitlin
    2018-12-15 06:42

    Ah.Mazing. Full review closer to publication.

  • Rachel
    2018-12-20 06:43

    Really original. Love the characters, and you really get caught up in their world, both dream and real!

  • Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
    2018-11-22 01:49

    Loved this duology. Great world, characters and story.

  • Charlotte
    2018-11-22 23:45

    I loved this story! it was truly fabulous, incredibly creative and both funny and heart-wrenching, I can't wait to see what laure eve does next!!

  • Nicole Oxendine
    2018-12-18 05:48

    YesJust yes. I read the first book on Wattpad and I just could not wait to buy the next one.

  • George Lester
    2018-11-22 03:32

    AHHHHHH!!!!!! SO AMAZING! I so wish it wasn't over though! An absolutely cracking conclusion! So impressive!

  • Jay Curtin
    2018-12-03 01:36

    don't think I entirely understood the story?