The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron ReviewThe Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
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My Rating: four-stars

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Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.
Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.
In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.
Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her.
Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.


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Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world in Kristy Cambron’s novel The Illusionist's Apprentice.

Growing up I was always fascinated with illusions. I remember purchasing the kits that teach you how to do little magic tricks. Even today I enjoy a good illusion. That was what really drew me to this book.

I had heard great things about Cambron’s previous novel, The Ringmaster's Wife, so I decided to give this book a try.

This book was different from what I expected, but it wasn’t exactly in a bad way. I typically don’t read historical fiction. For some reason that just isn’t typically a genre I typically enjoy. However, if you do enjoy historical fiction, Kristy did a nice job using the wording I could hear them using in the time period.

She also did a good job of painting the opening scene for me. I felt like I was there with the reporters watching Horace Stapleton try to perform his trick.

I didn’t really read the back copy before I picked up this book. I was interested in it from the title, which is probably why the book was different from what I expected.

I personally had trouble getting into the story, but I think that was more me than it was the author. Like I said, this genre just isn’t one I typically enjoy as much as others. While I thought this book would be different, I just didn’t get into like I wish I had. It isn’t anything against the author, who I think did a nice job with the writing.

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