Historical Fiction

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron


The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Thomas Nelson | March 7, 2017 | Synopsis

My Thoughts

Kristy Cambron is a remarkable author with a unique voice. Ever since her debut novel The Butterfly and the Violin (2014), I’ve impatiently awaited each subsequent release. While I was initially intrigued by the synopsis of The Illusionist‘s Apprentice, I questioned how Harry Houdini and magic would play out in a Christian novel. With Cambron at the keys…the answer is impeccably well!

It’s important to begin by stating the author draws a clear line between mysticism or spiritualists and the art of illusion for the purpose of entertainment. Prior to reading this story I was unaware of how Houdini worked to discredit many such frauds during his lifetime. This bit of history provides a fantastic springboard for Wren’s character, a former apprentice to Houdini, who’s called upon by Agent Elliot Matthews to assist in a suspense-filled investigation of a magic act turned murderous.

As the mystery unraveled, I was irresistibly drawn to these characters and their lives. Particularly Wren, who is so delightfully complex. Over time, glimpses into Wren’s past provide insight as to why she is so guarded, contemplative, and secretive (beyond what her profession would require). The more I learned, the more I championed Elliot’s efforts to breach her defenses. The way their relationship teeters between tenuous and tender keeps readers on their toes. 

In reading this story you surrender yourself to Kristy Cambron’s lavish depictions of a bygone era. With it’s clever characters and intricate plot, The Illusionist’s Apprentice has become my second Book Club Top Pick of 2017. 

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With thanks to the author/publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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4 thoughts on “The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

  1. I just started reading this book this week. Kristy Cambron has such a unique voice. I was swept up in the character and time period instantly :). I can’t wait to see where this story goes!


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