Dy lives in Adelaide, Australia with her partner, a great cook who doesn’t mind when she works through dinner. Her background is in anthropology and social work, and she spent much of her childhood traveling throughout Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, learning about other cultures. Her days are spent writing, spending time with family and friends, and chatting with crit buddies. If she’s not at the computer you can find her reading, daydreaming, drawing, or researching her latest novel.
Illusionby Dy Loveday
Maya McAdam has never quite fit in, even on Earth where the magical elite sells alchemy on the black market. She has wild visions of
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What’s girl to do when wild visions make her an outcast? Party, of course! Or maybe, with the help of a scarred stranger, she can find her place in a world full of demons, nightmares, and magic. Then again, maybe not!
Maya McAdam has never quite fit in, even on Earth where the magical elite sells alchemy on the black market. She has wild visions of conveyer belts turning into snakes and draws surrealistic pictures of places she’s never been. Partying and tossing back spells seems like a good way of avoiding her problems.
A week before her twenty-fifth birthday, her surrealist paintings finally sell. When a scarred stranger watches her from behind one of her sketches, she knows life is going to hell.
Maya would never have imagined she’s the daughter of a cursed king, and a bargaining tool for magical guilds. Will she fight demons and give up a desire for spells so she can find love with a warlock? Or will she leave her friends and become the nightmare the magical elite fears?
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This book provided by the author for an honest review. Illusion was a post-apocolyptic fantasy about a world full of mages, warlocks, demons, and one very unique element — Maya. Maya has lived such a dreary existence, both internally and externally. Plagued with dark dreams and the ability to draw “unique” artwork, Maya comes to the attention of some very corrupt people who seek to use her for selfish and very nefarious purposes. But Maya has an unexpected ally and champion in the form of Resheph-wa-Khasis (aka Resh), a warrior from another dimension — Balkaith. Together, Maya and Resh face impossible battles against unbeatable foes. While fighting to just exist, Maya learns something about herself that turns her world on its axis. However, Maya’s discovery also allows her to understand who she is, what she is, and more importantly, what she can do. I must confess that Illusion is not my usual fiction fare because I do not read in the fantasy genre. Urban fantasy, yes…but not straight fantasy. At moments this book dark and a bit dismal. But Loveday’s cleverly woven tale was full of very unforseen twists, impossible turns, and devastating betrayals. The plot development was excellent although the story started off a bit slow with all the world building and character development. However, the pace was necessary in order for the reader to understand the stage setting details of the story. Illusion contained an unexpected and enjoyable depth. Who’s a friend? Who’s an enemy? You had to keep reading to find out. As lover of romances — in any form — this story was a complicated read in that the romance was not the primary element of the story. Oh yes, there a romance simmered nicely between Maya and Resh throughout most of the story and there was even a moment of “sexy times” between them. However, the romance was not hot and heavy as it is in many paranormal romances. There was no happily ever after or even a sufficient happy for now because the battle wages on until the very end. BUT what the story lacked in romance it did make up in the adventure department. Maya stumbled into one adventure after the other, barely catching her breath in between. Although this was a atypical read for me it was an enjoyable one with unique characters and thoroughly crafted worlds. Fantasy lovers will enjoy and appreciate this profound tale.