Illusion by Martina Boone


Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger—without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her.

With the spirits that cursed Watson Island centuries ago awake and more dangerous than ever, she finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah, whose motivations and power she still can’t read—or trust. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.     

The conclusion to this gothic trilogy of love and folklore goes above and beyond its predecessors to bring the reader even more magic, more family history, and — hard to believe if you’ve read the first two — more edge-of-your-seat action. Boone even adds science to the mix (quantum physics, anyone?). Every character has more depth accompanying growth, and Boone masterfully explores family history while propelling the story forward at a healthy clip. Authors take note: when bringing a series to a powerful close, Illusion shows how it’s done.

Maureen Stinger, Fountain Bookstore


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Simon & Schuster/
Simon Pulse
Hardcover, ISBN: 1481411306


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