The Island Deception by Dan Koboldt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In The Island Deception, book 2 of the Gateways to Alissia series, Quinn’s back in the real world, with an incredible opportunity on the Vegas Strip he’s long strived for. But even the glimmer of Vegas lights can’t compare to what he’s experienced in Alissia.
When Case Global asks him to return, he practically jumps at the chance. Because Alissia holds magic–real magic. But the mission holds many dangers, and Case Global is playing their cards close to the chest. There’s more at stake than ever, both for the company’s team, and for the Alissian people.
I found the dive back into the story a little slow. The opening scene lacked some of the pizazz I’ve come to expect from Quinn, but once we dip into Alissia, the fun is on. The stakes are much higher this time, and the mood is decidedly more serious. Relationships delve deeper, and a series of mysteries and secrets pulls you along in a race for the finish, that, while leaving you satisfied, also leaves a slaking thirst for the next book.
I have to say, the author is excellent at creating stunning worlds. He paints the culture in such broad and vibrant strokes, and there are many nuances that make each region unique. The people that inhabit each area are just as varied as you’d find in real life.
And the magic. Oh, the magic! I yelled at Quinn a few times for being such a cheater, because the magic is just so amazing, I couldn’t help but feel he was short-changing himself. But he pulls through in the end, like always. A true illusionist and man of charisma.
If you loved The Rogue Retrieval (see my review here), you’ll want to continue the journey in The Island Deception. The anticipation is on for book 3 of the Gateways to Alissia trilogy. I can hardly wait to see how the author paints his way out of this corner.
**This book, like the last, features mild language (though, if memory serves, it’s used a little more liberally in this book than the last), and clean romance. I received an ARC copy of the book, which means some details may have changed prior to publication.
Keep reading to learn more about the author and the book!
Dan Koboldt is a genetics researcher and fantasy/science fiction author. He has co-authored more than 70 publications in Nature, Science, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other scientific journals. Dan is also an avid deer hunter and outdoorsman. He lives with his wife and children in Ohio, where the deer take their revenge by eating the flowers in his backyard.
What happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas. But what happens after you step through a portal to another world, well…
For stage magician Quinn Bradley, he thought his time in Alissia was over. He’d done his job for the mysterious company CASE Global Enterprises, and now his name is finally on the marquee of one of the biggest Vegas casinos. And yet, for all the accolades, he definitely feels something is missing. He can create the most amazing illusions on Earth, but he’s also tasted true power. Real magic.
He misses it.
Luckily–or not–CASE Global is not done with him, and they want him to go back. The first time, he was tasked with finding a missing researcher. Now, though, he has another task:
Help take Richard Holt down.
It’s impossible to be in Vegas and not be a gambler. And while Quinn might not like his odds–a wyvern nearly ate him the last time he was in Alissia–if he plays his cards right, he might be able to aid his friends.
He also might learn how to use real magic himself.
Continuing the exciting adventures from The Rogue Retrieval, The Island Deception blends fun and mystery into a brilliant new fantasy from Dan Koboldt.
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Learn more, and find out where the book is available at: http://dankoboldt.com/writing/island-deception/