Book Review – Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Author – Kiera

 

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“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.’

I know what you’re thinking – we’ve seen this book on thebookspa before! You would be right; I included it in my Favourite Covers post. Well, now I’ve actually read it and I’m very happy to say that the beauty inside the cover matches the outside. I have fallen in love with this book. It was one of those stories that I just wanted to start reading again after I finished the last page. I will definitely be reading this again very soon.

“I’m saving your life!”
“You were ready to give in! I saved my own life. You are simply keeping me company on this leg of my escape.”

 

The main thing I enjoyed about this book was the characters. Jessamin is an amazing protagonist. She is extremely clever, strong minded and funny. I enjoyed the development of her character and seeing her stand up for what she believes in despite the prejudices against her.
Finn. I love Finn. He is a gentleman and a scholar, which is a nice change! He does what is right because he can, and he does it in such a charming way.  Eleanor is Jessamin’s friend, and it is lovely to see how their relationship flourish. There is no jealousy or backstabbing, they are there for each other and the exchanges between them are so fun to read. Also, I would like Sir Bird to be real. If anyone has read this and feels the same, please let me know I’m not completely weird!

The world building is not as in-depth as I would have liked, mainly because there is a lot to go over and the book itself is quite short. I don’t think it lacked anything because of it, but I am greedy and do enjoy more complex world building. Still, it had atmosphere and colour. I also really like the way magic is used and that is explained in depth so you really get a sense of the personally experience each magic user has.

This is a fast paced story, with magic and action from page one – literally! If you are a fan of historical romance or fantasy novels I would really suggest you read this. I will be recommending (nagging until people read it) this to a lot of people.

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