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The Illusions of Eventide (The House of Crimson and Clover) Paperback – December 7, 2013
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"Her (Cradit's) talent for creating atmosphere rivals Daphne du Maurier. This is modern Gothic with fierce smarts. Can't say it enough. I loved this book."- Christopher Rice, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Heavens Rise
"It takes a great writer like Cradit to weave the threads of so many characters into an enjoyable story. I have no doubt that the name Cradit will one day be associated with the echelon of gothic fiction writers, namely Radcliffe, Blackwood, and Rice."- Becket, Bestselling Author and Assistant to Anne Rice
About the Author
Sarah M. Cradit is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Paranormal Southern Gothic family saga, The House of Crimson & Clover. You can learn more about Sarah, and her series, at sarahmcradit.com
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This book is clearly the start of a series because there is a lot of information given and world-building that I think will be important for future books in this series. Overall, I enjoyed the story and am interested in listening to volume 2 but I have a few comments.
This book is VERY slow to start out, I was confused and wondering what the point was for the first few hours. One of the main characters, Mercy, was always lying to Nicolas because she had to hide her real identity but we would hear her the truth, albeit a limited version of the truth, in her thoughts. Then, finally, the story slowly started unfolding, some truth was revealed and things started to make more sense. There was world-building and a lot of information given out that was helpful for this book but I think it will be crucial for future books in the series.
The relationship between Mercy and Nicholas is such a small piece of the story, once you get past the beginning of the book, but it does end sort of wrapping up their relationship while preparing you for what is to come in book 2. I’m sure we will see Nicholas and Mercy again but I’d be surprised if either of them are primary characters again.
I am interested enough in the story to want to continue on with the next book in the series before I make up my mind about it. It was an enjoyable listen once you get through the incredibly slow start.
I recommend you give this book a chance but I would ask that you commit to at least trying the next book before making up your mind about the series because I have a feeling it will be a good series to listen to. The biggest problem with this volume is that it just took too long for things to get started and for it to catch your attention. But stick with it and hopefully you’ll enjoy the fantasy world that Sarah M Cradit created. I deducted one star, I would have given it 3.5 stars if I could have, because of the slow start but I was curious enough to see what would happen that I stuck with it and I’m glad I did
Kate Udall’s performance was pretty good. I have pretty high standards for narrators and she won’t be making my favorites list but I would certainly listen to another book narrated by her.
The story starts out with a very rich young man securing his family island for his solitude... planning to put an end to it all. However, he finds a bedraggled woman, and his heroic/protective instincts kick in... and... well, you need to read the rest to find out what happens!
The story is well written, the characters are beautifully developed, and there are many layers to the story! While we have things happening in the present, we find there had been influence in the past. Things happen for a reason! We are introduced to immortals... those who follow blindly and accept that there will be an end... and those who dared to seek the truth and try to persuade their loved ones. While this is a story of its own, we can see the building of a series with so much more to come! The Phoenix means more than meets the eye!
This is a different type of story than I have read where we have quite an interesting background waiting to be explored... and a future with conflict!
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