Waiting on Wednesday: Born of Illusion by Teri Brown

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating

Born Of Illusion
Born of Illusion
by Teri Brown
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: June 11, 2013

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Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City. Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived. But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past. Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all? 

Born of Illusion is the first book in a new series. Each book in the series will introduce a new historical figure, whose legend is shrouded in magic, along with the young woman whose fate is irrevocably tied to his. The through line in each of the books will be The Ghost Club, the real life secret society that was founded in 1862 by the likes of Charles Dickens, Sir Conan Doyle, and W. B. Yeats to advance mankind’s knowledge of the paranormal. The first three books in the series will deal with Houdini, Aleister Crowley and Rasputin.

Why I'm Waiting...

I've never been a big historical fiction reader, but this one looks amazing! Magicians...yes, please! Plus, the series sounds so cool. It's a Ghost Club "secret society". Very original!

Have you heard of this? Digging the premise for the new series? What are you waiting on? Don't forget to leave you links in the comments!


  1. I love the 1920's! And this summary sounds super interesting. Thanks for sharing; I'll definitely be adding this to my Goodreads list.

  2. Agree with you. The summary sounds so interesting and original. I like the mystery and magic behind it. Great pick ! :)


  3. This sound so awesome! I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and this sounds like it's right up my alley! Thanks for introducing me to this book!

  4. I'm not big on historical fiction either but I can definitely get past it if there's a big scoop of magic! Lol. I might just have to try this one out when it's released. Great WoW pick!!

  5. LOVE Historical. LOVE this cover. LOVE the premise.
    In conclusion I agree. :D Great pick!
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