Illusion

Illusion London Returning home from his travels with a stowaway named Kayan Walter Balanchine is noted for the charms potions and locket hanging from his neck Finding his friend Tom Winter s mother unw

  • Title: Illusion
  • Author: Stephanie Elmas
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 190
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • London, 1873 Returning home from his travels with a stowaway named Kayan, Walter Balanchine is noted for the charms, potions and locket hanging from his neck Finding his friend Tom Winter s mother unwell, he gives her a potion he learned to brew in the Far East Lucid and free from pain, the old woman remembers something about Walter s mother Walter is intrigued, for heLondon, 1873 Returning home from his travels with a stowaway named Kayan, Walter Balanchine is noted for the charms, potions and locket hanging from his neck Finding his friend Tom Winter s mother unwell, he gives her a potion he learned to brew in the Far East Lucid and free from pain, the old woman remembers something about Walter s mother Walter is intrigued, for he has never known his family or even his own name he christened himself upon leaving the workhouse Living in a cemetery with his pet panther Sinbad to keep the body snatchers away, word soon spreads of his healing and magical abilities and he becomes a sought after party performer During one of Walter s parties, Tom is approached by Tamara Huntington, who reveals she is being forced to marry a man she does not love Will he and Walter come to her rescue Try as they might, sometimes all the best intentions in the world can t put a stop to a bad thing, and she is soon married off to the cruel Cecil Hearst Drama and tragedy ensue, and Walter keeps his distance from Tamara That is until her stricken brother in law Daniel requires his magical healing, and he is forced back into her life With secrets beginning to emerge, Walter finds his mother may be a lot closer to home than he realised Filled with mystery, magic and larger than life characters, Illusion will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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    About “Stephanie Elmas

    • Stephanie Elmas

      Stephanie Elmas was born in Hong Kong to an English father and Czech mother but spent most of her childhood in Bristol She studied English at university in London She has worked as a head hunter, taught English in Japan and returned to university to complete a Masters in Victorian fiction It was here that she developed her interest in the dark dangerous world of Victorian sensation writing Stephanie now lives in a chaotic house in Surrey with her husband and three highly energetic but wonderful children.



    240 thoughts on “Illusion

    • When I started my blog in 2013, Stephanie Elmas was one of the first authors to contact me to request a review of her book That book was The Room Beyond I was so pleased that she did because that was a real gem of a read When I saw that she had another book out, this time with Endeavour Press and the main character being Walter Balanchine, who appeared in the previous book, I just had to read it The story begins in 1873 in London s East End with Tom Winter being reunited after 3 years with his c [...]


    • Set in London 1873 with Tom Winter as he catches up with old friend Walter Balanchine and his stowaway Kayan Walter has been away travelling in The East learning healing and magic Walter is asked to perform magic at a birthday party and that is where Tom first sets eyes on Tamara She is there with her mother and a man presumed to be her father, but is actually Cecil Hearst, her soon to be husband As the story progresses a picture is built up that delves into the lives and histories of the main c [...]


    • Find all my book reviews, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog whatcathyreadnext.wordpress Walter Balanchine was still the most unusual looking individual that most people had ever seen The author has created a wonderful character in Walter Balanchine He s like a young Sherlock Holmes with his acute powers of observation, mastery of disguise and gift for turning up at exactly the right moment but with a touch of the exotic East thrown in He s a [...]


    • 4.5 stars an enchanting tale set in 19th century London.Tom Winter is ecstatic when his best friend, Walter Balanchine, returns after three years roaming the globe Walter is a very strange man indeed He is very tall and thin with an oddly elongated head, and has some very strange talents supplemented by an array of strange potions he brought back with him, along with a stowaway named Kayan and a black panther named Sinbad.After staging some magic shows and healing a couple of people Walter gets [...]


    • This is a lovely book full of magic and mystery There are some dark and sad moments, but the mystery of everything kept me reading and I am glad I did I have 2 boys under the age of 4 so reading time is very restricted for me, which makes me a slow reader, but when I got to the final 1 4 of the book I would try to hide in the bathroom just to find out what happened next


    • From the very start of Illusion I was transported to the streets of London in Victorian England the fog, the grime, the ever pervasive smells The prose here is so evocative, even the simple act of buying fish is brought vividly to life These are the streets of urchins and ruffians, beggars and thieves It is here that we first meet Tom Winter, former workhouse boy turned piano teacher Tom is at the docks, buying fish for his Ma, but becomes aware of the dried peas and eels feeling that means some [...]


    • I loved everything about this book So beautifully written, it captured my imagination immediately and drew me into the Victorian world of Tom Winter, musician and piano teacher, and his unusual friend, Walter Balanchine, a magician, illusionist, healer and mystic.It is Walter s return to London from the Far East, after an absence of three years, and his rescue of Tom from a potentially dangerous situation that sets the pace of this story The momentum continues through many twists and turns right [...]


    • Returning home from his travels with a stowaway named Kayan, Walter Balanchine is noted for the charms, potions and locket hanging from his neck Finding his friend Tom Winter s mother unwell, he gives her a potion he learned to brew in the Far East Lucid and free from pain, the old woman remembers something about Walter s mother.Living in a cemetery with his pet panther Sinbad to keep the body snatchers away, word soon spreads of his healing and magical abilities and he becomes a sought after pa [...]


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