Illusion (Chronicles of Nick)
St. Martin's Press / April 1, 2014 / $18.99 print, $9.99 digital
Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn’t want to be the son of a demon who’s fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else.
But normality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that every person has a specific place in the universe . . . Even the son of a hated demon. Most of all, he sees that his powers aren’t the curse he thought they were, and that the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can’t imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy.
Old enemies and new friends square off for a major battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever.
Illusion is the fifth book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Chronicles of Nick series and as it's progressed, we are getting to see more of whom Nick has become in the present-day Dark-Hunter novels. Nick has just had his sixteenth birthday and is still trying to figure out who he is in the world, like most of us were at sixteen. The only difference is that Nick has the ability to completely destroy the world when he reaches adulthood.
“Dang, is there not one incarnation of my life in any alternate universe where my mom didn’t take a photo of me naked in the bathtub with a rubber duck? Really?”
The Chronicles of Nick is the YA spinoff of Kenyon’s successful Dark-Hunter series, and where in the DH series we already know some of the decisions Nick has made, the YA series shows us the WHY. It’s not often we get to see a character grow up, and boy does Nick grow up from book one in the Chronicles to Illusion. The only thing that doesn’t change is Nick’s love for his mother, Cherise.
“One life touched thousands. For the first time, Nick truly saw the vastness of it all and fully understood.”
It’s hard to make sense of a universe that seems to have it out for you, but it’s even harder when the reality you knew sucks you into a completely different one. Somehow Nick is sucked into an alternate reality where his mother is married to his mentor, thus Nick isn’t part demon anymore ergo zero power! His friends are completely different and his best friend is no longer the giant super cool immortal he once was. That’s right; Ash is a human and a really big geek.
“Every man is born as many and dies as one. With every choice made, a part of the future died and an opportunity was lost.”
What readers will notice is Nick's maturity and growth. Yes, he’s still a snarky teenage boy but we see that the events of the last books are starting to settle in him. He knows now what will happen if he veers from destiny just a little bit. But as usual in the Dark Hunter universe, nothing is as it seems and some people just can’t stay out of trouble.
Though it may all be just an illusion, one thing is for certain: Nick will do anything for his friends and family.
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Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.