Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
Pages: 245
Publisher: Blazer & Bray
Pub date: 2013


Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?

Born of Illusion is the first book in a new series. Each book in the series will introduce a new historical figure, whose legend is shrouded in magic, along with the young woman whose fate is irrevocably tied to his. The through line in each of the books will be The Ghost Club, the real life secret society that was founded in 1862 by the likes of Charles Dickens, Sir Conan Doyle, and W. B. Yeats to advance mankind’s knowledge of the paranormal. The first three books in the series will deal with Houdini, Aleister Crowley and Rasputin.

Why I'm waiting:

I love illusions and history. I've always found them interesting.

What are your waiting on?


  1. What a lovely cover! I'm reading Terry Pratchett's latest YA book (Dodger) and it also has real historical figures woven in with the fantasy. New GFC follower :)
    My Wow

  2. I seriously LOVE that cover! Like I just want to hold it in my hands!

    My WoW

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  3. Ohmygosh, history! Historical fiction is amazing! It takes a lot of research to keep the timeline in sync with the real world and not to mention the setting details! Great pick!


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