Title: Illusions of Fate
Author: Kiersten White
Date Started: January 5
Date Finished: January 5
Format: Hardcover from my local library
I think the best way for me to describe Illusions of Fate is this way: take the play Romeo and Juliet, add in some magic, and have the women have a more important role and you’ve pretty much got this book.
Jessa is a student on the mainland of Alben. She loves to learn and despite her mother’s protests went to school instead of trying to find a husband. The only way she got into the school however was by threatening her father – a professor at the school who had an affair with her mother a long time ago – and she feels the hate from her fellow students. Jessa isn’t from the mainland. She’s from an island that everyone doesn’t like and that animosity shows when her fellow students call her island rat and tell her to go back home that she doesn’t belong with them. But she doesn’t care because she’s doing what she loves, she’s learning and not back on the island getting married and taken care of for the rest of her life like her mother.
That is until she runs into Lord Finn Akerley who takes an immediate interest in her, and whom she can’t help but feel somewhat interested back. But Finn isn’t who he appears to be. He brings with him a cloak of mystery and an enemy who Jessa doesn’t want to cross. Not that she knows that until it’s too late. Lord Downpike takes her hostage thinking that she is the key to getting what he wants from Finn, and he tortures her until she makes her escape. But it isn’t the last she sees of the minister of defense as she enters a world much bigger and dangerous than her studies.
I didn’t know what to think while reading this book. The events happen swiftly and before you can even catch your breath, Jessa is off into another sticky mess. She’s an interesting character, but I think her family history hurts her a lot more than she realizes. Because she is so adamant about not living off of a man like her mother, she doesn’t realize that the reason that Finn is protecting her isn’t because he got her involved and feels responsible, it’s because he’s courting her. However, when she does get around to putting her prejudices aside, and gives Finn another chance their relationship does get cute fast. Especially when she kisses him for the first time and he backs away scared thinking she thinks she’s kissing him because of a spell. I had to contain my laughter while at work for that one. The character of Eleanor is also pretty damn hilarious. She doesn’t care about Jessa’s low status and just thrives on gossip and parties.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I’m still not happy with the ending. It was hastily put together, in my opinion. But it was still a good read.
Bookshelf worthy? Kiersten White is another one of those authors who if I had a big house with wall-to-wall bookshelves, I’d own every book she writes.