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Chain of Illusions (A Bringer and the Bane Novel)

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  • Posted January 26, 2014

    Boone Brux is an author I didn¿t know and of whom I¿ve never hea

    Boone Brux is an author I didn’t know and of whom I’ve never heard about. I confess to have chosen this title for very basic reasons: the synopsis and the cover (LOL).

    Chain of illusions is the third book in the Bringer and the Bane series. The two previous volumes are Shield of fire and Kiss of the betrayer. It’s a fantasy series in a medieval time full of magic, of parallel word and of shape shifters who change in mythical creatures (dragon, phoenix, …).

    The action of this novel begins just in the end of the previous book. But the reader who’s discovering the series can follow the story without having read the two others. Yes, there are a lot of characters, who are present in Shield of fire and Kiss of the betrayer, among them the heroes of these two novels, but the author gives enough explanations without going into details and the reader understands quickly the ins and the outs of the main plot of the series.

    The series turns around a group of warriors, the Bringers, who are enemies of those from a parallel word, the Bane. Each volume is about a main couple but each member of the group has his importance in the series, so nobody is put aside and nobody disappears strangely.
    I really like this factor. Indeed, there’s nothing more frustrating that knowing the good ones are at war against the baddies and that the heroes of one volume are alone for illogical and useless reasons. Here the author succeeded in keeping the reader’s attention on the main couple, Rell and Siban, and also on the quest carried out by the group of warriors. Boone Brux made me want to read the two first volumes of the series.

    Rell was kidnapped very young by the Bane and transformed into a demon. When the series begins, the Bringers were killing every demon until they realize the transformed ones could become humans again provided their soul return to their body. The big bad guy of the series had hidden the sleeping bodies in his world. This element incites the Bringers to change their tactic and their main quest is to get back their people’s bodies. Rell’s body was picked up in Kiss of the betrayer and her soul returns to it in Chain of illusions.
    Siban has been prisoner of the Bane for two years and was able to escape thanks to Rell in one of the previous books. I wouldn’t be able to tell you which one.

    When the reader begins Chain of illusions, he knows Rell and Siban already love each other. However, having been a demon for several years left consequences in our heroine because she did some terrible things (which are not told in this novel) when she was under the Bane’s influence. Her feeling of culpability is very strong and she’ll have trouble to feel comfortable among her people. Furthermore, the heroes must learn to trust each other for them to be able to move forward in their relationship and in the adventure.
    I really liked the evolution of Rell and Siban’s relationship, the fact that they never hide their love in spite of everything that separates them. The sex scenes are few, which is logical as their quest is their priority, but they are done well.

    The author’s style is very lively and the reader quivers at the same time as all the characters. We are afraid for each of them every time they must fight and we want them to get rid of their enemies ASAP. The plot and the suspense are consistent and believable and the decisions are taken in a group.

    Chain of illusions is for me a good series of adventures and romance. I look forward to reading the sequel especially as the author gives us some indications about the potential future couples and I can’t wait to discover their story.

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  • Posted December 5, 2013

    Rell has lived in the Shadow World of the Bane for thirteen year

    Rell has lived in the Shadow World of the Bane for thirteen years. She has been rescued and regained her humanity. Now that she has obtained her full power, she is fighting with Siban and the other Bringers to stop the treachery and find her peace. Boone Brux is a masterful storyteller. This book is well plotted. All the characters are well defined and filled with deep emotions. Whether you love them or hate them, they grab your attention and pull you into their story. This is her third book in the Bringer and The Bane series and they just keep getting better. She balances action and suspense with love and deep emotions. I couldn't put this book down.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    The third book in The Bringer and the Bane series is a great adu

    The third book in The Bringer and the Bane series is a great adult medieval fantasy that takes the reader on a perilous journey in the battle against evil.
    Living in the shadow world for the last thirteen years as a Demon Bane, Rell has now been given the chance to be made human and brought into her full Bringer powers. Having been tortured for two years in a Bane prison, Siban will challenge death to become a bringer to be with the beautiful demon who saved him and he fell in love with.  Now, together they must join with the Bringers on a quest to save the other brings and what they learn may just challenge everything they know.
    This steady paced and smooth flowing plot comes to life with well written words, vivid imagery and strong enchanting characters.  There’s lots of suspense, action, and romance to keep the reader entertained throughout. The conflict of good vs. evil is made into a refreshing one with the addition of unique characters and elements that adds depth and intrigue to this exciting story.
    The romance between Rell and Siban radiate heat from the pages and the sex scenes cause the readers to shiver with desire.  The author does a fantastic job of conveying the emotional turmoil of the couple, the excitement and fear of all the characters making the reader feel as if they are part of story.
    The author has created a wonderful fantasy world that captures the imagination and takes them on a “Raiders of the Lost Arc” quest in the continuing battle against the evil Demon Bane.  I have not had the pleasure of reading the first two in this series, so I can definitely say that the author also does a fantastic job of getting the reader caught up enough to enjoy this story and yet not spoil the first two.  I will be reading the first two books and I am looking forward to the next adventure.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    This is the third in a strong romantic fantasy series.  This is

    This is the third in a strong romantic fantasy series.  This is Esmeralda "Rell" and Siban's story.  Like the books before there is a ton of action and adventure but we also get a boatload of surprises in this book.  We find out more about the past and are given clues as to the future.  If you are looking for a well-rounded, well written tale with heroes, magic and monsters this is for you..  I received an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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  • Posted November 26, 2013

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    This is Esmeralda "Rell" and Siban's story. It is also

    This is Esmeralda "Rell" and Siban's story. It is also about rescuing the converted Bringers from the Shadow World and Vile.

    Great book. It covers the adjustment Rell has to go through internally after her conversion as well as the adjustment her family and the other Bringers have to go through to accept her as part of the group. This book also tackles the hard subject of PTSD in both the Rell and Siban characters which is part of what brings them together. Boone Brux does a great job covering these subjects as well as creating an interesting story about the Bringers and the Bane. There are several signification revelations and plot developments in this book. One of the revelations is concerning Icarus. Icarus is a Bane introduced in the first book. Even though he was a loathsome character in the first book, Ms Brux created him in such a way that I really liked him. Through the previous 2 books she has revealed more and more about the character and my like of him as a character has increased.

    Overall strong book and strong series as I've come to expect. A definite recommendation.

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