We are so very excited to be a part of the blog tour for Illusion by Martina Boone! We adore her and are so excited to share our thoughts on this final installment in this series… but first, here’s what it’s all about!Illusion on October 25, 2016
Barrie must rescue her beloved and her family from evil spirits in the masterful conclusion to the Heirs of Watson Island trilogy.
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 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. Especially now that the final book of the series is out at the end of this month, you have plenty of time to get started. There are so many great things about this series and I admit I was waiting to get my hands on Illusion for a while…ok since I finished book 2.
Illusion picks up right about where Persuasion wraps up so you don’t miss anything at all in the transition. I like that because while it had been a while since I read Persuasion, I was able to pick right back up and get back into the story. **Here is your warning – I will try not to spoil this book but I can’t promise anything for Compulsion and/or Persuasion so…if you aren’t ready for that, you might want to stop here and get reading.
One of my favorite things about these books is the world that Boone has created. Having the story take place in a small town in the South absolutely makes sense and it creates a feeling in the books that I don’t think would have been there had another area been chosen. Not only that but when I think of the pieces of the story that Boone created, I don’t think it would have really worked.
As for characters, Barrie is a favorite. She has been through a lot and has adapted to her surroundings well. As we lead into this book, Barrie has clearly made some tough decisions and because of that, she and Eight are not in the best place. As she struggles to figure out what is really important to her, she also needs to figure out what is really going on with Watson Island, the Yunwi, Obadiah and everything else that comes her way.
I do have to talk about Eight here because I really just want to. I admit it…I wanted my swoon in this book and I was concerned when I started but Boone came through for me on this piece and yeah, I know…it’s about more than the romance but COME ON! Swoony Eight is officially a thing. He is such a great character (in my opinion). He isn’t perfect but he is perfect for Barrie and they really do balance each other out.
The secondary characters are critical to this story as they all play important roles in all aspects of this book. Pru, Seven, Cassie – all of them had an impact on how we got from book one to book three and they continued to play a role in this book as the secrets and mysteries were unraveled.
As a final book I have to say Boone did a wonderful job wrapping everything up. All of the mystery of the island and what has been going on around Barrie since her first day, come to a close and I love that there wasn’t anything left hanging out there without answers. I can only imagine the amount of research that Boone did to complete this story and it was really well done. If you love mystery, stories that revolve around family and family history, and of course…swoon, check this out. I have to also say, the covers are gorgeous and they all look so pretty together!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!
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