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    Compelling and Unique

    My first thought upon reading Sarah M. Cradit's "The Illusions of Eventide" was "where have these books been all my life?" I immediately fell in love with the characters, story line and world these people inhabit. Between Empyreans, the Farvaerdig, the Evigbond, Ulfberht and the Runeans, I was completely hooked. I haven't seen world-building on a scale like this since The Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time or Game of Thrones and the author does it in such a way that you are introduced at the right pace to grasp everything and not get confused. This world is entirely believable, so much so that you almost question whether it really does exist. They way everything is explained, it sounds completely plausible while still maintaining an air of other-worldliness and mystique. This is the first book in the series; however, there are some prequels and short stories that compliment the series that I am eager to read. If you like getting involved in sprawling family sagas, mysterious worlds or compelling human dramas, these books are for you.
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    Gorgeous southern gothic paranormal/fantasy

    I received my copy of The Illusions of Eventide, by Sarah M. Cradit through the Lovers of Paranormal group on Goodreads. Although this is the first official full length book in the House of Crimson and Clover series, there are several “prequels” that flesh out the backstory to which we are dropped into in The Illusions of Eventide. Life, death, civil war, curses, immortality, healers, magi, resurrectionists, a hidden race, the birth of a new race, love triangles, and the ever so romantic ideal of bonded mates …. What more could one ask for? As the novel opens we are introduced to playboy pretty boy and reluctant heir to the Deschanel curse/fortune, Nicholas Deschanel. Having been betrayed by the two people he loves most in the world, his best friend/brother-in-law Oz, and his cousin/first love Ana, Nicholas finds himself at a low point, contemplating the future of his existence. Only moments away from taking his own life, Nicholas is annoyed to discover that he is not alone on his family’s secluded island. He discovers Mercy, a damsel in apparent distress, who requires his reluctant aid. Self-deprecating and at a loss for how to appropriately deal with others, Nicholas reaches out to Oz, who always knows the right thing to do. Mercy, a long-lived Empyrean, whose faith in her creator borders of zealotry, has followed an inner voice to the Deschanel family island in hopes of finally ascending to Emyr. Effectually dying and being reborn in fire to a sacred afterlife, as her race’s traditions have taught her, Mercy looks forward to finally being with Emyr. Interrupted in her own plans by Nicholas, she finds herself spinning a lie and being whisked off the island to the cursed Deschanel family estate of Ophelie, in New Orleans. At this point, everything that Nicholas, Mercy, Oz, Ana and Ana’s fiancé Finn have believed is turned upside down with the arrival of Aidrik, another Empyrean with ties to the Deschanel family and to Mercy. I viewed this book as a fantastic launching point into the series. The Empyrean race is explained, their religious and political structure hinted at, problems with radical sects and falsehoods set out. This is a hidden supernatural race on the verge of a civil war, the impact of which is spiraling outwards to include the Deschanel family. This history of the Deschanel family is established, to which the author has loving (obsessively??) created a genealogy dating back some 300 years! The family curse is hinted at, but not revealed. We are made aware that individuals in the Deschanel family are not “normal” but rather gifted, the reason revealed by the enigmatic Aidrik, whose arrival at the plantation house turns everything on its head. The characters are intriguing, colourful and wonderfully full of faults. The commentary on blind faith and theological/political control as it exists in the Empyrean race is quite powerful. The southern gothic genre was not completely visited in this novel, but rather hinted at. Apparently, the Deschanel curse and glorious New Orleans are dealt with in more detail in the prequels and later installments with plenty of delicious teasers. I was captivated a few sentences in, and now hooked on the series
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    Might. Return

    Enjoyed. Well Written. very American Characters. Please don't mind if I don't have enough to make 100 words
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    The Illusions of Eventide

    I really enjoyed this book, and stayed up far too late reading it. The multiple viewpoints are handled skillfully, and the characters drive the plot. They are all flawed, in interesting ways, too sure that what they think of themselves is the only truth. As we know, however, the truth hides many faces, and each character sees these different truths behind the masks the others wear. I am very much looking forward to the next books in the series.
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    Illusions of Eventide

    I loved the book I could not put it down. The characters, so real, and the subject even more interesting. Can't wait to start the next in this series.

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