Title- The Illusionists (Fearsome Dreamer #2).
Author- Laure Eve.
Publisher- Hot Key Books.
*May Contain Spoilers for book #1 in the series*
(A Brief) Synopsis:
Now Rue is in World and things are wonderful, but not what she expected. She's sure this could be enough, but with so many lies and truths swirling around her and mixing themselves up, she can't help but think back to all she left in Angle Tar. And darker things are on the horizon, coming closer every moment.
Image Credit: Hot Key Books.
Thank you to Hot Key Books for this review copy!
What I thought:
I had been trying to work out why it was that both books in this series took me so long to read, and I think I may have it. The storyline, it's not deep in the way that you'll miss everything if you don't read a word or two, but you... well, it's the kind of story you (in this case I) have to take your time with, to understand, and thus it took me a long time to get into. When I did, I managed to read the final two thirds in a day, but it still feels like reasonably slow reading.
The plot? It's fairly fast paced in that the world is at risk and it's got to be saved, but it's not rushing anywhere, either, and while I had less problems, characterwise and overall, with this compared to the first book, it still had it's issues, in my opinion. AND YET. I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it quite a lot, again more on the finishing and looking back than during the read.
Rue becomes such a... a character I felt for and with. I understood her as she changed ad started to take herself seriously, trust herself, and it was quite a slow going, wonderful period of growth. I liked her and I could root for her in a way I wasn't able to imagine doing in the first book.
The other characters, they don't really measure up to her in their on page time or strength of character; basically, the others could've experienced a similar kind of growth, but would they have measured up to Rue, in the end? Probably not. Still, they doubtless could have benefited from more learning and growing and changing.
It wasn't until we got to the end, however, that things started to get pretty confusing. There was a major revelation that just didn't seem to fit or make sense, and I didn't undersand it, not really- didn't see how it could fit even when it was explained. Fortunately for me it didn't effect how everything ended (though it could have quite seriously).
The end itself is quite open, in it's way, leaving the reader to ask questions they may've liked answered or not asked at all.
I, myself, would've liked a particular eventuality not bought up at all, but even though aspects of the last 30 pages didn't feel necessary in the way they were written and the new things they bought forth, I wasn't too bothered, overall.
Rating: Ooh, very good.
I like that these books unashamedly don't hold back- language; awkward, believable conversations; sex/ual refrences. It stays true to itself, and that doesn't mean I'll always like the places it goes. I don't. But I love the way it gets there.