Review: Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon

illusionReviewed by Jen

I honestly wasn’t looking forward to this book.  Based on the set-up, I thought it was going to be all filler, set in some kind of alternative reality that would have no bearing on the bigger picture in the Chronicles of Nick series. Not only was I wrong about that, it ended up being the best installment in the series to date.

There is, indeed, an alternate reality in play. (There seems to be a few of them floating around in this series.)  But what’s happening there is not filler

Someone (or something) has separated Nick from his true self and stuck him into a version of himself that exists in a world without a Malachai.  His mother is the same, but Bubba is his father.  Caleb isn’t his demon sidekick, but somehow a human.  Everyone he knows is somehow different.  And his powers are gone.

The story follows Nick as he tries to unravel where he is, how he got there, and how to get back where he belongs.  This is even more difficult, because he doesn’t know who he can trust.  Not everyone who he knows as an ally is still a friend.  His entire history has been re-written and he has somehow jumped forward in time.  The only thing he can really count on is his gut.  But will that be enough to lead him down the right path?

It’s nice to see Nick continue to mature and grow into his powers.  He has come a long way since the beginning of this series, though admittedly, sometimes all the wisecracking can get old.  I really appreciate that Sherrilyn Kenyon is finally starting to reveal some of the longheld secrets of the main storyline.  Like, we finally find out who and what Kody is.  It makes sense, and I find I like the reveal.  I also like that things we learned as readers of the Dark Hunter books pop up in the CoN books, making me us feel smart.  The early Nick books had a decidedly “monster of the week” feel, but no more.  Now, the hardships befalling Nick fit into the bigger picture and that goes a long way to making me feel more invested.

I’ll admit there were times the differences in the alternate universe made my brain hurt a little when I thought too hard on them. But I did like seeing our familiar characters with an entirely new twist. I also liked the subplot that gives Nick some resolution with Adarian –and the addition of new character Xevikan.  That guy smells like a game-changer.  I am interested to see where Kenyon takes the series next.

Rating: B/B+

*ARC Provided by St. Martin’s Griffin

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Illusion
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

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