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About the Author
Before becoming an author, Mark Lawrence was a research scientist for twenty years, working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national, with both British and American citizenship, and has held secret-level clearance with both governments. At one point, he was qualified to say, ‘This isn’t rocket science – oh wait, it actually is.’
He is the author of the Broken Empire trilogy (Prince of Thorns, King of Thorns and Emperor of Thorns), the Red Queen’s War trilogy (Prince of Fools, The Liar’s Key and The Wheel of Osheim) and the Book of the Ancestor series (Red Sister, Grey Sister and Holy Sister).
- Publication date : November 14, 2019
- File size : 5089 KB
- Print length : 234 pages
- Publisher : 47North (November 14, 2019)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B07QRTQ2K3
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,356 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thanks to the author for an advance reading copy of Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times #3) in exchange for an honest review. Receiving this eARC did not influence my thoughts or opinions.
The stories of our lives don’t behave themselves; they don’t have clear
beginnings, and even death isn’t a clear end. We just do what we can, we take what kindness and joy we find along the way, we ride the rapids as best we’re able.
If anyone could write a novel that grabs the threads from the previous installments, weave them seamlessly together to perfect the bow which is the finale, and provide one of the best reading experiences of 2019, Lawrence is your guy. Authors, take note. This is how you finish a series and give your readers exactly what they crave.
Again, like the previous novels, the focus is on the main character, Nick Hayes. It has been quite an adventure following ole Nicky throughout his journey, especially with the, you know, time traveling genius who had cancer and gets the girl vibe. While Lawrence continues to make maths as sexy as possible, he doesn’t allow the theories and actual science to float over your head like an anvil, waiting to mush your brains as the rope beings to fray. It is like seeing someone rear back to punch you in the face, only to give you the gentlest of touches. Mark does a fantastic job of continuing to mix up the science with mystery, fast-paced action, and plenty of D&D goodness.
What I liked most about Dispel is that we are done focusing on how time travel is possible and more how it will affect the past/current/future timelines. Do your actions really have consequences? If you choose to go to the past to fix a mistake, how does that alter your reality? What exactly are the risks of changing one thing vs multiple? Lawrence really pushes the reader to think, which may or may not be your thing when reading a book. For me, I love a good challenge.
All in all, if you enjoyed the first two (2) books in the Impossible Times trilogy, chances are you have already purchased and/or read Dispel Illusion. Props to you. For those of you who haven’t given this series a chance, it is about time you did.
Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times #3)
by Mark Lawrence
Certain authors can be recognized by the way they write characters. The way they define people and their relationships. Lawrence and Stephen King are two of the Best ive ever read at this. His Characters are living people not just words on a page.
Dispel Illusion is the 3rd and final book in the Impossible Times Series; Mark's first and hopefully not last foray from what hes known for as a fantasy writer and Into Science Fiction.
This Isnt Star Wars Sci-Fi or Even The Martian sci-fi this is a delightful fun easily loved sci-fi that we dont get enough of. Its Fun wibbly Wobbly time travel, Ready Player One, Stranger Things Sci-fi.
Certainly this series will be mentioned in the same breath with Stranger Things and thought of in the "Kids with Bikes" genre which is part of it and part of its charm. Even in this third book when children give way to adult hood it never loses that feel or charm, but it is much more, it is people and characters and relationships which as I said Lawrence does with skill that will see his name surely a top the charts and minds of readers for decades to come.
Mark is not just a great writer but he seems to be a fantastic person who easily exchanges with fans regularly and I dont claim to know him deeply but Ive seen glimpses of somebody whose dealt with some deep emotion and pain. I bring that up because a scene from this book will stay with me forever. a deeply emotional time that I believe Mark pulled from his own life and shared it with us readers. I thank him for that.
I HIGHLY encourage you all to read this series and read Mark's other offerings as I find it hard to believe you will be disappointed... Youre welcome, now go read.
AND Mark, Thank you again.
As with the two predecessor novels, this book is short and quick (around 300 pages) and zips by. Darting from the 1980s to 2011, with dalliances in quantum physics and the danger - or cost- or ‘knowing’ your future.
There’s a surprising amount to digest in this bite sized morsel of a book and trilogy- but perhaps the most resonating for me: love, and the things we (represented by Nick) would do for it.
Top reviews from other countries
While this is time-travel sci-fi, at it's heart it's also a coming of age story and a romance. (Knocking the spots off all other time-travel romances btw.) Nick and Mia's actions are driven by love, both for each other and for their small circle of friends. There are some surprising and pleasing twists, plenty of wry humour and ultimately an amazingly hopeful end note. As before the main plot is paralleled cleverly by the DnD game played by the gang. I don't want to give away any spoilers - best to just read the entire trilogy cold imo. But 'can you outsmart fate'? Seems a reasonable summation. This is an excellent trilogy. Highly recommend.
Nick and Mia have come through a number of trials an tribulations of both time and life. Now Nick mush face his greatest challenge, to change his fate of becoming Demus which will lead to his own death.
This book takes place in 1992, 1985 and 2011. The different eras of Nick's life. Though somethings are constant like Simon, John and their ever evolving Dungeons & Dragons games. It is amazing how many life clues/lessons can come from this game.
A great story linking everything together, everything must come full circle. It is great when I high hopes for a book and it delivers. So when a whole series is like that it is even better. I would recommend this trilogy to anyone.
The first book in the series showed our young protagonist's future self coming back to ensure that everything happened as he remembered it happening. That, we saw through Young Nick's eyes. In Dispel Illusion we see those events through older Nick's eyes and get a real 'coming full circle feeling'.
It's not just book one told from a different POV as this features everything that happens in older Nick's time that leads him up to making the jump backwards. So much great stuff happening across multiple timelines.
The writing was witty and clever in equal measure and, of the Lawrence books I've read (in fact of most books I've read) this trilogy as a whole stands head and shoulders above the crowd.
Every book comes in at around 220-250 pages, making them short, easy reads that pack more story than most novels of epic length.
One of the long running plotlines that features from book one is the group's D&D campaign. It's a charming little side plot that has so much more to do with the overall story than I ever really appreciated. Just more cleverness from Lawrence right there.
My only negative about the series is that it took me so long to pick it up. Don't make the same mistake I did. Go buy One Word Kill. Go buy Limited Wish. Buy Dispel Illusion. Thrust yourself into the wonderfully nerdy and brilliantly clever world of Nick Hayes and co.
I just wish there had been something at the end where certain characters met up in the future. Could have really hammered certain feelings home.
I still have issues with the science, multiverse and time-travel execution here as with the first books, but appreciate the way the story was woven together. Some of Lawrence's fantasy books have the different timeline feature and once again he expertly weaves them together so the overall story emerges at a good pace.
At one point, I thought the book was going to go down the Bill & Ted route as a cop-out ("in the future we will come back to this point and leave this key here and voila here it is") but this was actually quite well handled and wasn't the cop-out I feared.
The book benefits from a more stretched timeline as we see significant events from Nick's adult life, rather than dwelling on his teenage years solely. Likewise there is more of a focus on the D&D, which was somewhat lacking in book 2, and with key learnings from that featuring in the real world storyline.
Overall, I think I enjoyed this series, but I have my hang-ups about time-travel and multiverse theories in general. A good bit of escapism, if a little heavy on the pretend science at times.