Wow… just, wow! This was basically my first impression after reaching the end of Kristy Cambron’s newest novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers, entitled “The Illusionist’s Apprentice”. As the second stand-alone story of Ms. Cambron’s “Jazz Age Entertainers” series, this book takes readers on a fascinating journey through the inner workings of 1920s vaudeville entertainment, and the art of illusion – both of which were very unfamiliar to me. With numerous references to the infamous Harry Houdini, and a plot filled with mystery and secrets, this novel is certain to appeal to all fans of Inspirational Historical Fiction.
Perhaps the reason “The Illusionist’s Apprentice” is such a special book is because it contains so many layers. What do I mean by layers? Well naturally, as with any good story, the primary characters have numerous layers that are gradually revealed. In this case, however, the story itself also unfolds with such grace and subtle wisdom that I honestly am going to have to read it again to grasp all of the allusions and allegories woven into each chapter.
With rich and clearly well-researched historical details, complex characters, and a mystery that smoothly jumps back and forth between past and present, “The Illusionist’s Apprentice” is a not-to-be-missed novel. While occasional scenes may be a little harsh or disturbing for some sensitive readers, honestly the story is worth it. So, what are you waiting for? Find your own copy of “The Illusionist’s Apprentice” and prepare to be amazed!!
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