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Ie 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 Eli 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 public Though THE ILLUSIONISTS can feel a bit crowded at moments plot wise its characters are riveting especially the unreliable and conniving protagonist Devil whose ambition to open his own theater sweeps up a variety of characters into a maelstrom including pick pocketing dwarf Carlo Bonomi Heinrich Bayer and his eerie automaton Lucie and Jasper an artist who helps pull off the illusions and is romantically drawn to enigmatic Eliza a young woman who dreams of personal emancipationEliza appears late in the story but her relationship with Devil forms the heart of the novel as she leads him on his own merry dance fueled by her fight to control her destiny Ms Thomas excels in portraying their oft contrary partnership while spinnig a web of deceit that eventually catches up with them However several plot threads seem to come and go without much dramatic denouement and it becomes challenging to decide whether Devil is an otherwise decent man trapped by the misogyny and corruption of his era or merely an irredeemable rogue The ambiance alone however makes the effort worthwhile as Ms Thomas paints in expert colors a portrait of the seedy desperation and volatility of England as it struggles under rigid sovereignty and the horrifying chasm between wealth and destitution The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico the stifling domesticity of marriage or a downwards spiral Simply Napkins to The Unconscious Civilization the streets – no matter how determined she is The Complete Tightwad Gazette to forge her own pathOne night at a run down The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years theatre she meets الدعوة الإسلامية دعوة عالمية the charismatic Devil Wix – showman master of illusion fickle friend Drawn into his circle Eli This engaging and evocative novel presents a different side of Victorian England Writing and Selling Magazine Articles than we re used The Strange Bird to seeing one where charlatans and hucksters vie Collected Stories to make a living by peddling magic Collected Stories tricks Cleopatras Daughter to a gullible and impoverished public Though THE ILLUSIONISTS can feel a bit crowded at moments plot wise its characters are riveting especially Funny Feckin' Irish Jokes!: Humorous Jokes about Everything Irish.Sure Tis Great Craic! the unreliable and conniving protagonist Devil whose ambition Settlers to open his own Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, theater sweeps up a variety of characters into a maelstrom including pick pocketing dwarf Carlo Bonomi Heinrich Bayer and his eerie automaton Lucie and Jasper an artist who helps pull off The Sphinx the illusions and is romantically drawn Tidelands (Fairmile to enigmatic Eliza a young woman who dreams of personal emancipationEliza appears late in Pretty Lucy Merwyn the story but her relationship with Devil forms Strings the heart of Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, the novel as she leads him on his own merry dance fueled by her fight Catch and Release to control her destiny Ms Thomas excels in portraying Devils Paw (Imp, their oft contrary partnership while spinnig a web of deceit Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, that eventually catches up with All Tied Up them However several plot The Film Snob*s Dictionary threads seem In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie to come and go without much dramatic denouement and it becomes challenging Tea Environments and Plantation Culture to decide whether Devil is an otherwise decent man 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains trapped by Survive by the Team the misogyny and corruption of his era or merely an irredeemable rogue The ambiance alone however makes Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the effort worthwhile as Ms Thomas paints in expert colors a portrait of Washington! (Wagons West, the seedy desperation and volatility of England as it struggles under rigid sovereignty and Tennessee! (Wagons West, the horrifying chasm between wealth and destitution

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Za 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 han 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 sights sounds and smells so well described you feel as if you are there walking alongside Devil as he goes about his daily life The novel also provides a fascinating insight into the world of Victorian magic and illusion revealing the amount of work behind the scenes that was necessary to make a show a success From the guillotine to the famous bullet trick you ll never look at magic in the same way againDevil Wix is a character worth a paragraph of his own A brilliant showman he is also witty and loveable and I found myself willing him to succeed Haunted by bad memories from his childhood he is a man determined to prove his worth in the world and along with his band of misfits he sets out to put on a show like no otherThe story moves at a relatively slow pace and at just under five hundred pages it s a hefty novel but one that is well worth taking your time over The characters are compelling darkly so at times and I found myself looking forward to immersing myself in their world for an hour or so each evening It s been a while since I ve been so eager to find out how a book ends yet at the same time so reluctant to say goodbye to the characters and the world that they inhabitTold in third person primarily from the perspectives of Devil and Eliza it is clear from the start that this is their story and you get the feeling that had the narrative reflected a different point of view Carlos or Jasper s in particular we as readers would have a completely different perception of Devil There are moments in the novel that you ought to hate him yet you instantly forgive him just as Eliza doesAs the Palmyra blossoms under Devil s ownership the man himself undergoes a transformation from an opportunist showman into a husband and eventually a father I found myself falling in love with him as the novel progressed and the ending image of Devil with his son on his shoulders is purposely a million miles away from the Devil that we met on the first page All of the characters mature and grow as the novel takes place over the span of twelve years a long time to cover but so expertly managed that it never feels drawn out and all makes perfect senseThe story is not unlike Sara Gruen s Water for Elephants in its themes of love triangles misfits and showmanship but at the same time it is entirely different from anything I have ever read beforeThe only predictable part of this novel was Devil and Eliza s relationship but even this doesn t run smoothly and as events begin to take a darker turn you find yourself wondering which characters will actually make it to the end55 stars So much than a love story The Illusionists is a story of friendship and fellowship of magic and illusion of life and death It is the most absorbing and atmospheric book that I have read this year by a mile Read it and you won t be disappointed Stanley and the Women 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 The Gene to choose and how far she should go when she holds all The Empty Hand (The Snow Walker, their lives in her han Full review here book of Seasons of Splendour the year so far Every once in a while you find a book Stage Mum that hooks you from A Village 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From the bestselling author of the phenomenally successful The Kashmir ShawlLondon 1885As 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 l 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


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

  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

  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

  4. says:

    This engaging and evocative novel presents a different side of Victorian England than we're used to seeing one where charl

  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 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

  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 goddamned bad Also there were several other instances that were just a big old pile of shit and on top of that not that interesting Booooooo Do not want or like or anything like it

  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 disa

  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 theatre dedicated to illusion but the story is basically about a rather liberated for the time woman Eliza w

  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 wi

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