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.
A fabulous crescendo for the Heirs of Watson Island series! Martina Boone delivers a rich, satisfying, thoughtful conclusion to the story of Barrie, Eight, Pru, and all the other characters we’ve come to love throughout this beautifully crafted Southern Gothic trilogy. I loved how she tied together all the complex aspects of history and mythology to create a story that makes you really think about the nature of perspective in history and the voices whose stories have been silenced over the years.
Compulsion hooked me, Persuasion swept me off my feet, and Illusion reminded me of why I fell in love with this captivating series. Reading the Heirs of Watson Island series is like reading a story that has been passed down for generations. It hooks you with its Southern Gothic charm and intoxicating romance. Enchants you with its magic, history, legend and mystery. Makes you fall in love with its characters and Boone’s beautiful writing. Most importantly, it will make you ponder the history, the magic, and the real possibility of it all. The past and present collide perfectly to give readers a beautiful ending to a fantastic series!
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.
This book was such an incredible ending to an amazing, complex, and beautiful series. I love this series, I love these characters, and I love the way this book made me think about the world and all the issues we face every day. Brilliant.
A great ending and a swoony Eight is my favorite kind of Eight… You guys – have you started reading The Heirs of Watson Island series? If you haven’t…you need to fix that immediately.
Wow! A beautifully written finale and the perfect ending to an amazing series! I loved every page and dreaded them at the same time since I didn’t want this book to end. And of course it made me hungry for Southern food just like the other 2 books did! I’m really going to miss this world and Barrie & Eight. Bravo Martina on a brilliant finale!
You’ll feel the beat of the music, want to dance along with Barrie and Eight, drool over the food, and rock in the Away, Eight’s boat. You’ll cheer for Pru and Seven as they figure out their relationship. Martina’s writing is brilliant. There are so many lines you’ll want to quote. So much wisdom, so much heart. And the ending. Such an ending! This is a series you’ll want to read from beginning to the very end. I LOVED IT! Don’t miss it!!!!
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HEIRS OF WATSON ISLAND, BOOK 3