Dorothy got sucked into a tornado.
Alice fell down a hole.
Wendy flew to Neverland.
Kamryn? She tripped down the stairs.
Now, Kamryn Kensington finds herself in a strange new world. Within minutes of her arrival, she dodges an archer’s arrow and avoids getting sliced up by a cosplay reject holding a dagger to her throat. And that’s before the storyteller’s breath brings stories to life.
Home is the mission—to return to her family and pursue her life’s dream of art and travel. Yet the longer she’s in the Land of Ur, the harder it is not to feel for the people she meets. Even her artistic side can’t help but breathe in the beautiful wonder and magic of this new world. So when the Oracle hands her a different quest, she takes it on the condition he sends her home afterward.
No one thought to warn her of a jealous queen and her dragon minions. Or that, by helping her, the cute storyteller would go crazy. Or that her heart would rip in two when she left. Those would’ve been great facts to know ahead of time.
Considering that nothing in Ur is what it seems, the mission proves to be more than she ever imagined. But more than her own future will be in jeopardy if Kamryn doesn’t succeed.
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About the Author
Desiree Williams is a dreamer by day and chocoholic by night. She lives in the beautiful state of Kentucky with her husband and daughter, where she juggles life as a wannabe supermom. Desiree is a lover of food and avoider of dirty dishes. She delights in making people laugh and strives to bring hope and love with her wherever she goes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I loved this book so much more the second time around. The storyline is still amazing and definitely soaked in every single detail as Kam described the beauty around her (especially at one very beautiful place). One thing that I don't think I fully appreciated the first time around was the Oracle and a certain scene with Kam and Reese. Those scenes so strongly encouraged me and helped me want to strive to truly be a battle buddy for others. It also made me thankful that the Lord is always with us, even in what feels like our darkest hour. For those who love urban fantasy with a mix of humor, I still hands down recommend Illusionary. It's a beautiful and thought-provoking story. Plus, the romance was just awesome (and definitely made me cry at the end). Don't miss out on this one, fantasy readers!
Awe. Some. Ness. I wasn't ready. I mean, this book starts out cute and funny (and Kam is a pretty funny heroine throughout, by the way.) Then the parallel world escapades begin. I'll confess that it took me a while to catch up with the romance, as I didn't enter as quickly or deeply into "the feelings" as the heroine and hero did. And my overall interest waned a tad through some of the traveling and in-between parts. But the story would stop me in my tracks in places, sometimes with a single, spoken word. "Heal." "Hope." "But hope...now that's a mighty thing," Kamryn says. You've got that right, sister! And before and after a crucial twist, this story presents an assortment of other wonderfully woven themes: growing up and innocence, grief and illness and regret, finding out who you really are and what you're capable of. True bravery! It's a fantasy tale like The Chronicles of Narnia in that it'll speak to you on multiple levels if you have the ears to hear it—but whether you go to those other levels or not, it's still a darn good adventure. And I'll have you all know, I had to push past imminent tears to even write this review. Good grief, Desiree Williams... _________________ I received an advance review copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
"Yes!" Torin threw an arm over Reese's shoulder. "Smell that in the air? A grand adventure awaits." Just wow, can't i PLEASE give this book more than five stars?!!!! This story is perfect, it's everything I want to read in a sweet fantasy with tons of unexpected adventure with a main character who is charming, loyal, and very sarcastic when in uncomfortable situations and yet when she has the chance to quit, she goes onward to honor the Oracle's request. Then you have the guy, Reese, who has been heartbroken and is easily suspicious yet he is the truest of heroes and desperately needs to reconnect with the Oracle. Torin, the best friend and archer in the story (oh my i love their Irish accents in the dialogue), who is fiercely protective but also the comic relief in the story with his charm and unrelenting observations. I would read this story again and again just to be around Kamryn!! She's tough, loves her family (i was touched with tears more than once), is talented, brave, has a faith that makes her shine, and is much stronger than she thinks :) There's references to Narnia, the Wizard of Oz AND Alice in Wonderland (Paloma's castle is incredible, HELLO!), JUST as the summary describes!! I didn't understand this brilliance until the second time around :) "Oh, really?" She lifted her brows. Heat blossomed in her chest. "Would you like to know what else is unnecessary? How about being eaten alive? That's unnecessary. Or being dumped in a parallel dimension and shot at by strangers. Let's not forget that. Yeah, I'm looking at you, Torin." The archer's blond head disappeared from view. "Being taken from my home is unnecessary. Having no one who believes in me is unnecessary. Losing my grandmother to cancer is unnecessary." Her voice cracked again, tears clogging her throat. Do NOT pass this book by, do not shrug it off because you ALREADY have an impossible to-be-read list, the next time you're on amazon GRAB this book! You'll be thankful you did, you'll fall in love with great characters, and you will not be the same once you've finished it, it's just that good. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for fantasy lovers, but I truly believe that readers who enjoy clean adventures and heartfelt characters who experience danger and ultimately freedom will love this story every bit as I did. I took a chance reading this book and it was one of the best reading decisions I could make, I am so blessed by this author and now I'm eager to read more of her books.