The Illusions of Eventide (The House of Crimson & Clover Volume 1)by Sarah Cradit, Tara Shaner
From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes The Illusions of Eventide. This novel is Volume 1 in the bestselling witches family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover, and the recommended starting point for new
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Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans...
From USA Today bestselling paranormal author Sarah M. Cradit comes The Illusions of Eventide. This novel is Volume 1 in the bestselling witches family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover, and the recommended starting point for new readers.
Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.
Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family's holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.
Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas' own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you've set free what means the most.
The House of Crimson and Clover Series:
Volume I: The Illusions of Eventide
Volume II: Bound
Volume III: Midnight Dynasty
Volume IV: Asunder
Volume V: Empire of Shadows
Volume VI: Myths of Midwinter
Volume VII: The Hinterland Veil
Volume VIII: The Secrets Amongst the Cypress (Fall 2016)
House of Crimson & Clover Series Prequels:
The Storm and the Darkness
La Famille Lagniappes (Character Bonus Stories):
Flourish: The Story of Anne Fontaine
Shame: The Story of Jonathan St. Andrews
House of Crimson & Clover Lagniappes (Series Bonus Stories):
St. Charles at Dusk: The Story of Oz and Adrienne
Surrender: The Story of Oz and Anasofiya
Fire & Ice: Remy & Fleur Fontenot
Dark Blessing: The Landry Triplets
Pandora's Box: Jasper and Pandora Broussard
A Band of Heather: Colleen and Noah
Lagniappes Collection I
The House of Crimson & Clover Volumes I-IV
And many more to come...
Meet the Author
Sarah is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic series, The House of Crimson & Clover, born of her combined passion for New Orleans, and the mysterious complexity of human nature. Her work has been described as rich, emotive, and highly dimensional.
An unabashed geek, Sarah enjoys studying obscure subjects like the Plantagenet and Ptolemaic dynasties, and settling debates on provocative Tolkien topics such as why the Great Eagles are not Gandalf's personal taxi service. Passionate about travel, Sarah has visited over twenty countries collecting sparks of inspiration (though New Orleans is where her heart rests). She's a self-professed expert at crafting original songs to sing to her very patient pets, and a seasoned professional at finding ways to humiliate herself (bonus points if it happens in public). When at home in Oregon, her husband and best friend, James, is very kind about indulging her love of fast German cars and expensive lattes.
Connect with Sarah:
Google +: google.com/+SarahMCradit
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Every book I read by Sarah is amazing...until I read her next. This one...so much Nicolas...I love that boy. And Finn...and Ana. And now Mercy! I consumed this book as quickly as I could (stupid adult responsibilities and such kept me away) and I cannot wait for the next installment!
Sarah M Cradit has done it again. I received an ARC for an honest review, but it's one of those I'll be buying on release day even though I've read it. She has a way of bringing you into her world that keeps expanding and may just be getting a bit darker as new elements present themselves. This story starts out with Nic down and out, contemplating offing himself. That is until a stunning woman so rudely interrupts by showing up on his island. After Mercy tells him some crazy ass story about her husband, she just sort of sticks around, wrecking his plans. Normally, Nic is so self-absorbed he wouldn't bother helping, but something changes. He enlists his best friend Oz, who he happens to be pissed with. Oz in turn brings in Ana, his beloved cousin who he's been giving the cold shoulder. Things get crazy, Nic finds out everything isn't as it seems, there is a lot more going on in the world than he thought. Then Aidrik walks in and throws everything on it's side. You'll meet a whole new race of beings which I'm intrigued by, and people will learn valuable lessons. Yes, I love this series and this book and I can't wait until the next.
ARC review. I love Nic, he is by far my favorite character in this series, and this book, with him as the main character didn’t change my mind, if even I have fallen in love with him more. When you read the other books his character always stuck out. I love his personality. The sarcastic, I don’t give a crap about anything but women and travelling. If you have read the series you already know there is more to him then it seems. He does care, he does love, and he does feel pain, deeply. A lot of people might see him as the playboy who never intends to settle down. Part of that is truth. I don’t think he intended to settle down, for a while at least. This book changed all of that. In this book it starts off somewhat depressing. Nic is still reeling from the betrayal from “The Storm and the Darkness”. He leaves to go to his family home fully intending to end his life (gasp!) That in itself has the reader hooked, even if he wasn’t your favorite you have grown to at least be used to his character, know he is an important part of the series. He is expecting to be alone; ignoring the worry from the two who hurt him he settles into the family home when he sees someone on his land. He isn’t happy at all. But when he realizes something is wrong with the woman, the hidden “hero” in him lurches forward urging him to help this woman. Meeting Mercy changes Nic’s life in more than one way. Latent powers begin to appear and it seems he isn’t beguine as he had grown to know, and people from both of their lives come to help them. I am not sure what to say about Mercy. Her character is well thought out and brought to life. Sometimes throughout I like her and feel sorry for her, other times I think she needed to be humbled (which does happen). Even though I always wished Nic could be mine (haha). Mercy is good for him just as he is good for her. The other characters that are revealed in the story, the new and the old, bring it together and move the series forward into a direction I didn’t think about. Totally surprising and necessary. I recommend this book as I have the others; this series is one you won’t want to miss out on. Sarah is an amazing writing and knows how to suck her readers into the story.
This book was so much more than I expected. Although I have not read Beyond Darkness: Shattered, I believe this book stands nicely on its own. Admittedly, I am now planning on reading Shattered because I MUST know the details of what brought these characters to this point, but the author does a fabulous job of hitting the highlights so a new reader can grasp what is going on. I expected a novel filled with well thought out characters with surprising depth and a touch of the paranormal. What I didn’t expect was not only an expansion of the paranormal aspects of the characters, but a jaunt into the realm of science fiction with an entirely new, previously unknown race. Sarah M. Cradit seamlessly melds these two genres in a captivating novel that I highly recommend.
So creative and a original plot. Poor editing is very distracting.
Wow! I don't even know how to review this book. It will draw you in and will not let go. The Illusions of Eventide: The House of Crimson & Clover is spellbinding! I am now a willing occupant!
My first thought upon reading Sarah M. Cradit's "The Illusions of Eventide" was "where have these books been all my life?" I immediately fell in love with the characters, story line and world these people inhabit. Between Empyreans, the Farvaerdig, the Evigbond, Ulfberht and the Runeans, I was completely hooked. I haven't seen world-building on a scale like this since The Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time or Game of Thrones and the author does it in such a way that you are introduced at the right pace to grasp everything and not get confused. This world is entirely believable, so much so that you almost question whether it really does exist. They way everything is explained, it sounds completely plausible while still maintaining an air of other-worldliness and mystique. This is the first book in the series; however, there are some prequels and short stories that compliment the series that I am eager to read. If you like getting involved in sprawling family sagas, mysterious worlds or compelling human dramas, these books are for you.
But plan on continuing on.
This book is another installment in "The House of Crimson and Clover" series. "The Illusions of Eventide" was by far my favorite in this series! Nic is a playboy who doesn't have a care in the world....or so you think. He is still reeling from the betrayal from the last book and doesn't want to feel or think, period! When he discovers Mercy he can't help but rethink the way he is feeling and it opens up a side of him that he didn't think he would ever be able to have again. This book explores the paranormal elements in this series and will leave you breathless! Sarah Cradit is a very talented and inspiring Author whose imagination is on the same level as some of the greatest authors of all time. Just when you think you know what's going to happen in this book....BAM! She hits you with something else! Be prepared to fall in love and be mystified with her characters and the story line this book. This is a true work of art!!!!
This is the first book from the Crimson & Clover series that I've read. Unlike a lot of series, it was easy to jump in in the middle and be swept up in the characters' lives. Cradit's world is fresh and unique, and she's a master of multiple first-person POV writing. I will definitely be back for more Deschanels!