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Illusional Reality Book Review

by Kathryn McMaster

Synopsis

The story focuses on Becky, an office worker whose car breaks down and she has to find a taxi to get home. The story starts off fairly slowly and the first few paragraphs are rather pedestrian. However, it isn’t long before the story shifts up several gears and an exciting plot begins to unfold.

Becky has been prophesized by the Zenith as being Thya, their princess, who will protect them from their old enemy, the Senx. Salco has been sent to earth to fetch her and return her to Tsinia. However there is an encounter with the Senx while still on earth and Thya (Becky) is severely injured. Will Salco get her to Valcan, the healer of the realm she was born into or will she die before the Oracle can be fulfilled? Will she be able to save her people, the Tsinians, through powers bestowed on her by birth? Who exactly is Thaya and how did she come to earth in the first place?

Theme of the Book

The basic theme of the book is the struggle between good and evil and whether good is finally going to triumph. The battle ensues between the evil Darthorn and his son Kovon, with their practices of black magic supported by the Darkeye vs Princess Thaya and the Changlins who just want to reclaim the years of peace their country enjoyed years before.

What I liked about Illusional Reality

I loved the alternative fantasy world that was created by the author and which was very believable. I could see the dark foreboding home of the Senx, rising up to torture the peace-loving Tsinians every day. I was immersed in their ways, customs and beliefs.

The characters were well-developed and they grew as the story progressed. There are a number of good characters, but none so noble as Alkazar who loves Thaya, but their relationship is fraught with obstacles that test their love right to the end, including her desire to return to earth.

There were several expected turns of events as the plot unfolds and many of which catches the reader off-guard.

The language used was almost old English but with a language too of their own. I couldn’t fault the usage and there were no odd, modern words creeping in.

What I didn’t like about Illusional Reality

Very little. I thought that it was a well planned, well-delivered story that entertained and surprised.

If I were to critique fairly, I felt that the beginning of the book could have started 2 or 3 pages earlier. There is no opening hook and I felt a little let down by this. There is also a slightly implausible situation in which the main character, Becky, is initially placed in order for the story to develop. I kept asking myself, why had Becky not phoned for a taxi from her workplace to take her home? Why risk walking around a dodgy neighbourhood as a woman on her own, as evening is falling? Had she done that, she would have retrieved her phone from her desk drawer and her purse. However, she doesn’t and ends up walking to catch a taxi and only discovers halfway through the taxi journey that her phone and purse are back at the office. Once she gets thrown out of the taxi the real adventure begins.

I was also disappointed with the ending. No spoilers here. However, this book lends itself to a sequel and I hope that one will be written shortly. The book is perfectly readable as a stand-alone, and did not end abruptly, as some sequels do. All loose ends were brought to a satisfactory conclusion.

All, in all this was a very enjoyable story. If you are looking for some light reading I can definitely recommend this book. It is suitable as a young adult read, a clean read and for those who are young at heart who enjoy reading fantasy romance.