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The Illusionist’s Apprentice
by Kristy Cambron
From the back cover:
Not all illusions happen on the stage.
Wren Lockhart, apprentice to master illusionist Harry Houdini, uses life on a vaudeville stage to
escape the pain of her past. She continues her career of illusion after her mentor’s death, intent on burying her true identity.
But when a rival performer’s act goes tragically wrong, the newly formed FBI calls on Wren to speak the truth—and reveal her real name to the world. She transfers her skills for misdirection from the stage to the back halls of vaudeville, as she finds herself the unlikely partner in the FBI’s investigation. All the while Houdini’s words echo in her mind: Whatever occurs, the crowd must believe it’s what you meant to happen. She knows that if anyone digs too deep, secrets long kept hidden may find their way to the surface—and shatter her carefully controlled world.
Set during one of the richest, most vibrant eras in American history, this Jazz Age novel of illusion, suspense, and forgotten pasts is perfect for fans of The Magician’s Lie, challenging all to find the underpinnings of faith on their own life’s stage.
About the author:
Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin, was named to Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014 and nominated for RT Book Reviews’ Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and for the 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin, was named Library Journal’s Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick for RT Book Reviews. Kristy holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three young sons.
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Step behind the curtain of the 1920s Vaudeville entertainers as you attempt to unravel the mystery of one man’s untimely death.
Elliott and Wren must work together to determine where justice lies, even if it puts their own lives in danger. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery in The Illusionist’s Apprentice. It was also intriguing to hold a backstage pass to peer into the illusionists’ world.
Other than Wren’s determined distinction between illusionists and magicians, there is very little spiritual content in the story. She does insist that only one man has defeated death and it wasn’t [another entertainer]. But I was surprised that there wasn’t more. However, the story is told from a Christian worldview and is certainly clean.
Overall, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is an entertaining story. If you enjoy a good mystery and/or exploring various segments of history, this is one novel you may need to check out!