Illusions of Fateby Kiersten White (Website)
Published by Harper Collins, Harper Teen on SeSeptember 9th 2014
Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”
Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.
Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray
I am a big fan of Kiersten White – I love her style and especially her Paranormalcy Series is one of my favorite Young Adult Paranormal series, so of course I was eager to pick up this new adventure of hers, filled with promises of a magical historical world!
Historical Setting full of Magic and a strong Girl!
Jessamin is a strong willed girl, who leaves her home in order to move to another country/kingdom to go there to school. There, she finds herself suddenly among the Nobles of the town and discovers that magic is indeed real and that the powerful families have all their secrets!
I actually loved the whole idea and setting, full with interesting characters many secrets and of course magic! I just had very much wished for more world building. I had a hard time understanding the politics and settings of this world, which made it often very hard to follow the story as I was often enough left wondering about where we are.
The Magic was a quite interesting and unique approach and followed its own rules, which I would have also loved to explore more.
A delightful heroine and an enigmatic hero!
What I loved most about the book were definitely Jessamin and Finn! I really liked how headstrong she was even if it sometimes was maybe a little too stubborn for her own good! Still, she was a girl who stood up for what she wants even among all these much more powerful and wealthy people! And then there is Finn – who of course is wonderfully secretive which leaves us guessing and wondering about him. Often this makes me even more excited about a story, no matter how cliché that is. The romance was sweet and fit just rightly into the whole storyline!
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White comes with a delightful heroine and an enigmatic hero, and Kiersten White again proves that her Characters are always extraordinary and beautifully developed! Sadly, it was lacking a little bit in building and setting the world and the basics of the magic, which left me a few times a little lost. However altogether a great read!