Kristy Cambron arrived on the fiction scene with a bang with her book the Butterfly and the Violin. People could not read it fast enough. The follow up book The Sparrow of Terezin set her as one author to watch.
Kristy has not disappointed with her latest release The Illusionist’s Apprentice. With an engaging mixture of vaudeville, prohibition and the roaring twenties, Kristy takes us on a charming journey along with Wren Lockhart tries to figure out where she belongs in the world of illusion.
Wren is still trying to find her way after she lost her mentor Harry Houdini. A woman who is not only an illusionist but also dresses – well to say the least – a bit differently, Wren attracts attention whether she means to or not. She is trying to protect a secret from the world, but also her beloved mentors reputation.
When a fellow ‘magician’ pulls a stunt that raises a man from the dead, Wren is caught up in the fall out when it turns out the man is murdered. She is asked to join forces with an agent from the newly established FBI and figure out why the murder happened and who wanted who dead.
I think want was so fun about this book was the setting and time in America’s history. The roaring twenties is not a time period that has many fiction books written about it. Kristy writes a intriguing book that includes bootleggers and the darker side of the vaudeville scene. She also writes a book about how important your past is, but how it is also not something that should hold you back and keep you prisoner.
Her characters are very 3 dimensional, they fit the time period well. Whether it is Wren or Elliot the FBI agent assigned to the case, they all are so believable and interesting. They make you want to hear their side of the story and why it is so important.
I know that I am looking forward to Kristy’s next book. I wonder where she will take us next.