Illuminarium

Illuminarium

by Truth Devour
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Illuminarium 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Title: Publisher’s Read Illuminarium (Soliloquy’s Labyrinth Series Book 1) by Truth Devour Reviewed by K. Royce 10/30/15 8:00 p.m. Imagine walking along a path, only to find that this path is going to change your life forever. That is exactly what happened to Harper while hiking in the woods. She happened upon a mysterious owl who led her to an even more mysterious book, a memoir of a young boy. Harper quickly feels this book was meant for her and it touches the very heart of her soul. She decides to follow the journey it has started for her, which introduces some friendly and unfriendly faces. Nonetheless, she decides to continue onward, after all this feels like destiny. Truth Devour has written an amazing paranormal fiction/fantasy thriller. I devoured it (Oh yeah, pun intended). The descriptions quickly draw the reader in and does not let go until the final word on the last page. Like every paranormal story it has a language that is confusing at first, but almost right away it is explained. The story is so fantastic you almost don’t even care that you have no idea what they are talking about. This captivating story will keep you rushing along with Harper and her friends the entire time. Illuminarium is the perfect set up for the remaining books in this series, the time spent on character development is obvious; Harper is a dynamic heroine that all people can relate to on some level. Author Truth Devour has started a story that I have no doubt will keep readers guessing up until the very end. The very night that I finished the story I went out and bought book 2, try not to do it yourself, I bet you can’t. I give this story 5 out of 5. I also recommend it for Publisher’s Read. Enjoy! K. Royce
Santosh More than 1 year ago
Follow the white rabbit: a story of a labyrinth of good and evil Illuminarium by Truth Devour, the first of five books in Soliloquys Labyrinth series, is a truly unique novel. Devour takes a charming and innovative story, mixes it up with deep psychological thoughts, and spices it up with her unique signature writing style. We see the life of Harper, a psychologist who is having hard times and feeling desperate while still not giving up. She decides to follow an owl during her walk in the woods, and stumbles over a mysterious book: this is the very starting point of her new life as everything is going to be turned upside down soon. Truth Devour presents a story within a story: a book found by Harper tells her about someone called York. Although it was written in the past, it not only affects Harper's choices but also opens her a new world, which is, in fact, not as friendly and welcoming as she thought. She needs to find what to do with the new information, run, hide, and solve an immortal conflict between good and evil for herself once and for all. Illuminarium is not only an awesome choice for all urban fantasy and supernatural thrillers fans, but also a great thought-provoking philosophical piece with a powerful ethical basis. This enthralling story of two soul-mates, who are trying to find their way towards each other through time and space in this amazingly detailed universe, invites you to join them on their fantastic adventure. A sure winner for 4 out of 5 stars.
VeronicaR More than 1 year ago
Illuminarium is Book 1 in the Soliloquys Labyrinth Series, and Its off to a fantastic start! Author Truth Devour has really impressed me with this one, and has left me yearning for Book 2 to be released. This story has such an interesting and unique concept to it. Its well written, easy to follow, and pretty fast paced. This is an urban fantasy read, which is pretty unfamilar to me. However, I couldnt seem to put it down. The main character in this book, Harper, is a forensic psychologist. Unfortunately, she has seen a lot of negative in the world. Despite all of that, she still has hope for her own future and yearns for peace. She stumbles across an owl, follows it, and her life changes. Whats most interesting about this novel is that Its a story within a story. She finds a book and begins to read it - a story where main character York is taken to a mental institution instead of an orphanage when his mother splits the family up. The story takes place in the past, but since Harper is reading it in present time, both stories sync up. It sounds like it would be confusing, but Its really not. The author does an excellent job of keeping the reader on track, which I am very impressed by. Overall, this was an excellent story definitely worth reading. Five stars all the way.
EDL85 More than 1 year ago
"Illuminarium" is a fantasy novel about a young woman who, while enjoying the beauty and peace of the woods, is led by an owl to an odd little book; the book is full not only of writings about karma, reincarnation, and descriptions of the evil interferons, but also the story of a young man named York. Harper finds her attention and imagination fascinated by York, and as she reads about his mistreatment at an institution called Glenhaven and his personal journey, she begins to undertake a journey herself, learning more about fate, soul keys, and the seven stages you must unlock to find the pathway to ascension. I enjoyed this story and its mystical feel; the author does a good job of infusing the book with a sense of magic, possibility, and timelessness. I especially liked Harper's realizations about her work with a man on death row, named Vernon, and their connection. Those passages, as well as the one's exploring York's life, are engaging and hold your attention. The more metaphysical parts I honestly found a little slow, especially since I wasn't familiar with the author's framework of attempters, watchers, and interferons, but it didn't take long to pick up on it. Recommended to readers who like fiction about the mysteries of time, souls, and personal journeys.
Sue_in_CT More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a cover and what a book! Illuminarium: Book 1 - Soliloquy's Labyrinth Series by Truth Devour is a book that goes beyond a page turner. This book had me glued to it and I didn't want to put it down: I had to know what was next and where it was going. This fictional, urban legion type book is not for the faint of heart as it does contain some gore and adult subject matter but even the swearing is done in a way that it is somewhat what you would expect in the situation and is realistic for the characters. Something that makes this book unique is that it is a story within a story. When the main character, Harper, finds a book and starts to read it, it tells a story of what is happening to York, the main character who is eventually taken to mental institution instead of an orphanage when his mother had to split the family up. Although what happened to York had happened in the past, Harper reading it throughout the story makes both these stories happening simultaneously. The way it was done is not confusing, brilliant the way one story affects what is happening to Harper, and it is amazing the way these two stories have connections. That doesn't even take in account for the supernatural, crime, mystery, and everything else involved in the stories. Everything in the book is not dark, at times it even makes me laugh since Harper is quite the comedian. She strikes me as the kind of person who can tell someone off without them even being aware of it. She is serious and all business at times while she can be quite the prankster and comical at others. She is extremely intelligent and knows things that most do not or even believe in: possessions and reincarnation being some of them. I don't want to write any spoilers so I am limiting it to just that but there is much more. Speaking of characters, all the major ones (both in the story and the book Harper is reading) were developed into multi-denominational characters although not everything about them is known (after all this is a series) while the minor characters were certainly developed enough to make sense out of who they were and what was going on, time wasn't wasted developing them instead it was concentrated on keeping the stories forward moving and interesting. The multi-plot on all its levels were easy to understand and the book always stayed on focus with it. At times I may have questioned if I was just taken off in another direction but after reading on I realized I was not and it was always on target. Because this is a series, some things may not be clear yet but enough is known to totally make sense and have satisfaction with reading this first book. If there were any errors in the story, I was so engrossed in it that I didn't notice any. I do know the different characters were all with their own drawl or way of speaking so some 'off' sounding sentences were done on purpose because that is the way they spoke: 'fer' instead of 'for'. I did not notice any format issues either. I recommend this book to all adults who like supernatural, urban legion type books that have mystery, gore, and thrills.