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Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who matter to him. Their disloyalty stung and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.
Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family’s holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say goodbye to a world which no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help, and annoyance at her intrusion.
Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas’ own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: new life can only begin once you’ve set free what means the most.
i am at my core a southern girl who revels in all things drenched in the dark gothic complexity found only in the heady seduction of the south. i was therefore very excited when i read the synopsis for sarah m. cradit’s illusions of eventide.
this was the first volume of many revolving around a vast and complex world which mingled between an alternative race and that of a more human nature. it was a story of two people coming to terms with the ends of their lives, in their own ways, and in the cusp of an ending finding each other. the effects and the affects rippling the beginning of something far greater then themselves.
the story centres mainly around the circumstances of nicholas and mercy, but they are far from the only players in this complex and intricate play. each of ms. cradit’s characters are multi-layered and richly created. this is a pretty extensive first volume of many and i found myself flooded in the effortless flow of the pages. because of the breadth of history both within the deshcanel family and mercy’s own people, i found myself lost in both the weight of such a complex new world and as well as with what i had yet to learn. perhaps though – these questions and uncertainties will be addressed in the later creations.
it is greatly evident that ms. cradit felt impassioned by her creation. i was thoroughly impressed with her character development and was equally as intrigued with her effortless yet complicated story telling. i would definitely reach for the continuing volume to learn more of these dark and damaged characters and where the next phase of their journey would take them.
as always, these thoughts are my opinions based on my preferences as a reader.