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The Illusionists

From the bestselling author of the phenomenally successful The Kashmir ShawlLondon As a turbulent and change filled century draws to a close there has never been a better time to alter your fortune But for a beautiful young woman of limited means Eliza’s choices appear to lie. Apart from the danger of choosing a book based on its cover we should all be aware of the dangers of basing one s choice on a book s synopsis We read one thing buy the book because that thing sounded great but then the actual story is a bit differentThis was what happened to me with The Illusionists I saw it was about a young woman called Eliza who was a bit too far ahead for her time and who decides to join a theatre company after meeting one of its charismatic performers a man who went by the name of Devil Wix Against a Victorian London background I was promised a dangerous adventure and thus I decided to buy this bookDon t get me wrong there was danger But the book starts off with Devil Wix meeting a dwarf who calls himself Carlo Boldoni and the two of them managing to get a job at the decrepit theatre Palmyra run by the execrable Jacko Grady All great but where was Eliza the young woman who decides to make her own path in life in 1885 from my book s synopsis She didn t appear until page 64 By then I had already understood that The Illusionists was not about a woman going against society s conventions but about a whole lot of different thingsThere was Devil and Jasper s background managing the theatre and coming up with new tricks four men in love with the same woman that woman in love with one of those four men and what else can I say This is a book with a lot of things and comprises some different genres There s romance historical fiction a bit of fantasyThere was also uite a large cast of characters but very positively they weren t difficult to memorize and led to no confusionsThe tricks were probably the best of this book Not only were they described in the stage but we were also told how everything worked The setting of the story in London at the end of the nineteenth century add an interest to itSo why the three stars Why not fourFor me Thomas s The Illusionists is a clear example of a story with a lot of potential and poor execution The book is than five hundred pages long and it is not just the telling of a group of people trying to strive in order to bring back from the ashes a ruined theatre Devil gets the the Palmyra from Grady and becomes its manager And then we have the entire story of managing the theatre looking out for ways of bringing in money In the midst of this there was also Devil s relationship with Eliza which was very interesting to follow in the beginning but turned out to be one of this book s disappointments for meRemember the young woman from the synopsis who didn t want to settle and live the life society intended for her Well in the end she doesThere was also the matter with Heinrich Bayer the awkward Swiss engineer who build automata Even though his end was one of the most enthusiastic if creepy parts of the book I couldn t uite agree with it I didn t like Carlo s end as well I understood but felt it was shame especially considering the fact that he disappears for some parts in the middle after making up most of beginning of the storyWhat I mean is that I felt that the characters and the book in general had a lot of potential but Rosie Thomas felt the need to write a long slow book full of descriptions that became most of the times boring Then because it was a long story she had to put a lot of characters obviously something in this case a lot of somethings had to be missingAll in all I was expecting In content and uality not in lengthI had never read anything by Rosie Thomas I didn t even knew she existed Apparently there s going to be a seuel to this book with the Palmyra still making an appearance I don t think I will read it Down and Out in Paris and London happened to me with The Illusionists I saw it was about a young woman called Eliza who was a bit too far ahead for PHP Pocket Reference her own path in life in 1885 from my book s synopsis She didn t appear until page 64 By then I The Face on the Milk Carton historical fiction a bit of fantasyThere was also uite a large cast of 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Between the stifling domesticity of marriage or a downwards spiral to the streets – no matter how determined she is to forge her own pathOne night at a run down theatre she meets the charismatic Devil Wix – showman master of illusion fickle friend Drawn into his circle Eliza. I liked this book It was way on the darker side than I expected Which is a nice present Sometimes the magical world can come off as just that magical The author did a good job of portraying the other side of this profession Not the one as an audience member sees as all fun and illusions but the daily grind of this work and the people who live it Kind of like carnie people at a carnival Don t let the name Devil confuse you as he turned out to be a complex character but also a likable character In fact all of the characters were good Don t get me wrong It is just that the pacing of the story was slow Which I would not have had a problem with if I had fully embraced the characters and the story itself I felt that there was a lot of dialect and at times that was all there was was talking Overall a good book So if you are looking for a book about magic with the old EnglishVictorian feel to it than you might check this book out Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, how determined she is to forge El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro her own pathOne night at a run down theatre she meets the charismatic Devil Wix – showman master of illusion fickle friend Drawn into Fragonard Art and Eroticism his circle Eliza. I liked this book It was way on the darker side than I expected Which is a nice present Sometimes the magical world can come off as just that magical The author did a good job of portraying the other side of this profession Not the one as an audience member sees as all fun and illusions but the daily grind of this work and the people who live it Kind of like carnie people at a carnival Don t let the name Devil confuse you as The Monarchs Are Missing have Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding had fully embraced the characters and the story itself I felt that there was a lot of dialect and at times that was all there was was talking Overall a good book So if you are looking for a book about magic with the old EnglishVictorian feel to it than you might check this book out

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Becomes the catalyst of change for his colleagues – a dwarf an eccentric engineer and an artist – as well as Devil himself And as Eliza embarks on a dangerous adventure she must decide which path to choose and how far she should go when she holds all their lives in her hand. An interesting book about Victorian Theatre A mixed bunch of characters mainly connected to the theatre in some way From the unscrupulous theatre manager to Eliza the ultimate heroine they were all so well portrayed and believableI have read several Rosie Thomas books and for me this isn t one of her best but interesting all the same


10 thoughts on “The Illusionists

  1. says:

    Apart from the danger of choosing a book based on its cover we should all be aware of the dangers of basing one's choice on a book's synopsis We read one thing buy the book because that thing sounded great but then the actual story is a bit dif

  2. says:

    35 ⭐️ Stared off really stong and pulled me into its world instantly but it started to lag I really enjoyed the characters and the world but something was just missing

  3. says:

    DNFThis is one of the books that I DNF'ed this year which is very rare and it might be 2nd or 3rd one this year The story revolves around a set of people with different backgrounds who join together to run a theatre which gives shows with illusions and very intelligent propsGood Points1 Lovely Victorian Setting2 Good strong characters3 Above

  4. says:

    This engaging and evocative novel presents a different side of Victorian England than we're used to seeing one where charlatans and hucksters vie to make a living by peddling magic tricks to a gullible and impoverished publ

  5. says:

    I liked this book It was way on the darker side than I expected Which is a nice present Sometimes the magical world can come off as just that m

  6. says:

    A big old no Hey guess what? Saying I could have you anyways and her resistance excited him is uh about rape Not sexy not good Pretty goddamne

  7. says:

    An interesting book about Victorian Theatre A mixed bunch of characters mainly connected to the theatre in some way From the unscrupulous theatre manager to Eliza the ultimate heroine they were all so well portrayed and believableI have read several Rosie Thomas books and for me this isn't one of her best but interesting all the same

  8. says:

    Full review here book of the year so far Every once in a while you find a book that hooks you from the very first page and doesn't let go until long after you've finished it The Illusionists is one of those booksFrom the minute that I read the blurb for this novel I knew I was going to love it and I was not disappointed From the very first page you find yourself completely immersed in Victorian London; the sig

  9. says:

    I very much enjoy the magicianillusionist genre But this book is really at heart a romance There seems to be a lot of books published in the last year or so set in London in the late 1800s but that might be simply because I choose and read books in this fascinating era All of the main characters are involved in a

  10. says:

    Did not finish Probably should have been edited to 50% of it's actual length Got tired of waiting for something to happen though part of me wishes I'd had the fortitude to stick with it

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