Title: The Illusions of Eventide
Author: Sarah M. Cradit
Published Date: December 14, 2013
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.
Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family’s holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.
Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.
The Illusions of Eventide is the fifth publication of the House of Crimson and Clover series, and the second full-length novel in the series. I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the entire series so far and I’ve loved them all.
I loved getting more of Ana and Finn, but the this book is mostly about Nicolas. Nic’s outward persona of being a womanizer who doesn’t care about anything aside from a good time is challenged when he comes across a damsel in distress on his private beach. With each novel and novella, the author has delved deep into one or more of the Deschanel family. In addition to getting to know Nicolas Deschanel, readers get the very rich back story of the Deschanel family.
The creative story of the how the Deschanel family came into their interesting powers/talents will have science fiction and fantasy lovers drooling for more. Cradit displays her talents completely in this offering. Her ability to keep the ongoing series story going while introducing a complex fantasy world full of mystical beings is phenomenal. I am confident that this story line is far from over, and that readers will get to enjoy more of Cradit’s storytelling as she weaves together the future of the Deschanel family.
Although this book could be read as a stand alone, it is much better if read in order of the series. I know I got a lot more of Illusions of Eventide for having read the entire series.
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