Illusion: The Chronicles of Nick #5 By Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read by Holter Graham
Summary from Goodreads
Be careful what you wish for. . . You just might get it.
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 teenager 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 a champion the world’s enemies can’t imagine rising up to defend the very people 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
I think I’m going to give up on having a spoiler free post about this series. I will try to at least keep out the really big ones, so hopefully you will forgive me for the little ones.
There is so much to this book, a lot of new characters and plot lines that I was getting a little confused. I think I will need a cheat sheet to keep them all straight. I’ve also noticed that many of the names are not spelled the way they sound, so it makes it hard to go to Sherrilyn’s website and look them up. Her website is amazing by the way. Lots of original art and a character section that includes everyone from all of her books. That’s why it makes it hard to look some of them up, if you don’t know how to spell it. Oh well, I will suffer through and make the best of it. I’m also learning that many of the demons and other things are related to each other, which makes things even more confusing at times. Also she seems to be drawing from a lot of different mythologies. So far I’ve identified Norse, Greek, Roman, Egyptian and some Christian beliefs as well. It is amazing how much they relate to each other.
This book opens up with an amusing scene of Nick at a prom with his friends, but they are all human and opposites of what they normally all. I loved picturing Caleb as a nerd and Simi as a very modest good girl. Nick soon realizes that he is in a different reality, where he is blonde and about 6 inches shorter, and doesn’t have his powers. Which pretty much sucks because things start coming for him to kill him. This one is pretty action packed and I was pretty nervous that he wouldn’t ever make it back to his own reality.
Nick barely comes through this adventure with his humanity intact. But he does manage it with his friend’s help. Nick is stronger by the end of this book, not just emotionally, but with powers he will probably be struggling with for the next few books.
Holter Graham continues to do an amazing job. I had a slight moment of panic at the beginning of the audio, I could have sworn they said a different name, but I soon recognized the voice I’ve come to enjoy reading Nick’s story.