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Jonathan Gouden is a bright apprentice to his famous scientist father, but his world is about to get thrown into chaos the second the king walks into their lab. A terrible plague is ravaging Faye Morgana and several other lands. The queen has fallen ill and now his mother and sister have it, too, with just days to live. Jonathan goes against his father and uses an unconventional method to find a cure, but he’ll find out exactly why his father warned him. As he falls deeper into the illusion-crazed world of Nod’ol, he’ll have to use a dangerous newfound skill to fight his way back in time.

Illusionarium lifts you up on a wave of excitement from page one and doesn’t let you drop until the book closes. Jonathan is a great character, one readers can really root for. His wit and smarts shine right away and keep the reader pulling for him, even when his outlook gets a little dark and hopeless. The pacing is lightning quick and the storyline compelling, with mystical illusions, dangerous mutants, grand airships, two very different alternate Londons, and characters of constantly questionable intent. This is steampunk sci-fi at its best.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Green Willow
Publish Date 2015-May-27
ISBN 9780062318350 Buy this Book
Issue June 2015
Category Young Adult


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