Friday, 22 May 2015

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.

Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Illusionarium(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Illusionists are rare, which means illusionariums are even rarer.”

This was an interesting fantasy story, but I did lose interest a bit towards the end.

Jonathan was a character who tried his best to find a cure for the strange fever that was killing all the women in the country, but he was easily led at times! Thinking that a competitor might help you, is maybe a little too trusting!

“You stupid idiot,” he rasped. “You let divinity tell you what to illusion, didn’t you.”

The storyline in this started out quite well, and I liked the use of the strange ‘fantillium’ and all the things that they were able to do with it. There were some twists and turns in the tale and Jonathan seemed to get himself in bigger and bigger messes, I did lose interest at some point though, and I wanted things to be solved!

“Well Jonathan,” said Lady Florel, beaming. “Shall we fetch that cure?”

The ending to this was okay, and I was happy with the happily ever after, I just didn’t expect the story to drag so much after the half-way mark.
6.5 out of 10

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