Perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Anna Godbersen, this thrilling historical suspense novel—and sequel to Born of Illusion—tells the story of a teen illusionist who must harness her special powers and navigate the underworld of magic before her murderous enemies catch up with her.
After scoring a spot on a European vaudeville tour, Anna Van Housen is moving to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. But when Anna arrives, she finds the group in turmoil—one of its members has been kidnapped, and members of the society are starting to turn on one another. Her life in danger and her relationship with her boyfriend, Cole, fizzling, can Anna track down the kidnapper before he makes her his next victim—or will she be forced to pay the ultimate price for her powers?
Lovers of historical fiction and stories filled with romance and intrigue will fall for Born of Deception and its world of magic set in Jazz Age London.
About the Author
Teri Brown is most proud of her children, but coming in a close second is the fact that she jumped out of an airplane and beat the original Legend of Zelda video game. She is a word scribbler, head banger, math hater, book reader, food fixer, kitty keeper, and city slicker. She is also the author of the Born of Illusion novels. Teri lives with her husband and way too many pets in Portland, Oregon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once again, I was struck by the unique adventure that Teri Brown created. I loved the characters, the mystery, and the suspense. I also loved that it was a new situation with a new bad guy, and not simply a carryover from the first book. Anna moves to London to join a European tour so she can perform her magic. She meets new people, makes new friends, and acquires new enemies. Cole is in London as well, but Anna's relationship with him quickly becomes strained. I didn't like the direction their relationship took in this book, because it felt too typical of a second book, but I liked almost everything else. These books are very clean even though there are a lot of potentially frightening scenes. If you are looking for a well written, clean YA novel with black magic and suspense, give this series a try. The only caveat is that you need to read the novella, Born of Corruption in between books 1 and 2 since Born of Deception refers to it quite a bit and you might be confused if you don't read it. Content: Some violence/scary scenes, but I consider it clean. Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.
First and foremost, I cannot say enough about the actual book itself - if you are fan of actual physical books rather than digital, this book is a treat. The cover is beautiful. The first inside pages are done in black with white lettering instead of the usual reverse, and the pages are cut with a really nice deckle edge. Having said that, the story is great. I loved Born of Illusion and the sequel does not disappoint. Ms. Brown has done her flapper research. You get a fabulous picture of city life in the 20's and particularly the role that spiritualism was playing in the culture at that time. I love the characters, and found it especially difficult to decide which guy to pull for as far as winning Anna's affections. : )