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Expected Release Date: March 4, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Carina Press
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My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, League of Illusion
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Warm
Pet Peeves: Lack of Chemistry
Favorite Tropes: Psychic Heroine

Official Blurb:

London, 1851

With his brother Sebastian missing, illusionist Rhys Davenport is running out of time and leads. He knows only that Sebastian disappeared into Stonehenge and that an incomplete map is the key to finding him. And that the missing piece is in the possession of the unnervingly attractive psychic Corina Stratton.

Corina has no intention of giving her part of the map to the haughty Rhys Davenport. In fact, she needs to steal his half so she can heal her mother’s malevolent spirit. She heads to London, only to be chased by a revengeful sorcerer right into Rhys’s arms. Although touched by Rhys’s plight, she agrees to go on his crazy quest only to get an opportunity to take what she came for.

With an airship full of fanatic elves after them, Rhys and Corina are forced into close quarters as they search for a portal. But to open it in time to find Sebastian, they must reconcile their differences and their growing feelings, or he’ll be lost to them forever…

What Worked For Me:

  • I loved Rhys’ power with his illusions. We got to see a little of it in the previous novel, but he really had a chance to shine in this book, and I loved it.
  • Corina was delightfully odd, and she was a lovely foil for Rhys’ stuffiness. Though I found it a little hard to believe that she could pass through society without being completely shunned after her behavior in the park, a little willful suspension of disbelief goes a long way in books such as these, and it gratifying to see her able to experience some of the life that she’d missed out on due to her abilities.
  • One thing I’ve loved about this series has always been the action — there’s no shortage of fantastical events, with incredible creatures, terrible villains, and harrowing escapes.
  • I applaud the fact the author is not afraid to kill off major characters. It’s a brave step, and worked very well for the story.
  • I also enjoyed seeing Jovan and Skylar (from the first book), and am excited that it seems that they will play a role in the final book as well.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

  • After so much of the plot has surrounded Corina’s mother’s spirit, and her needing to get the ring to a specific point on the map — a task of such importance that she was actually contemplating betraying the man that she was rapidly falling in love for, mind you — she just gives up the ring without so much as a by-your-leave? What the…?!
  • I hate to say it, but I never felt any chemistry between Rhys and Corina. The attraction between them was lukewarm at best, and though we were told that they had fallen in love, not once did I ever feel it for myself.   This was a big complaint of mine from the first novel as well.

My biggest complaint about this book, and indeed, this series thus far, has been the lack of chemistry between protagonists. I personally never really felt any deep  attraction between Rhys and Corina, and though we’re told that they’ve fallen for each other, I never really experienced it on the level I’ve come to expect from my romances.

I think, though, if I had approached this novel as though it were an adventure story with a hint of romance, rather than a romance novel with a bit of adventure, it would have fared much better. As it is, however, I couldn’t really get past the feeling that the romance never really did more than just skim the surface, and my overall enjoyment suffered quite a bit as a result.

Even so, I’m still looking forward to the next book, as I’m curious as to what will happen when the brothers finally do find Sebastian after all this time of searching.

03stars3/5 Stars