Book Review: ‘Illusions of Fate’ by Kiersten White

Posted in Book Reviews
on January 5, 2017

Dear Reader,

I am back! Firstly, I’d like to thank everyone for all the support this year! I started this blog in March last year and it has come so far since. I’m reading a lot more lately and I have set myself a goal of 100 books to read so far this year on Goodreads. You can follow my challenge and see my profile on this link. So be prepared for regular reviews again!

Secondly, I got this book this summer due to an Amazon recommendation. I had no idea that Kiersten White was the author of ‘And I Darken’ which gained a lot of hype during September and after reading this, I’ve just purchased that also. It promises romance, deception- and magic, it certainly delivered all three.

  • Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White 
  • Paperback Edition – 278 pages 
  • Release Date: 9th September 2014
  • Published by: HarperTeen 
  • ISBN: 0062135899
  • Goodreads page for the novel here


Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him. [blurb from Goodreads]

My Review:

Where can I start with Illusions of Fate! The first thing what made me fall in love with this book was the beautiful dedication (I do like a good one) stating that the book was for ‘everyone who goes looking for magic and find it was always inside them, after all’. Who doesn’t get feels after reading that?

This is the first Kiersten White book I have EVER read but from the moment I read the first page I was very much swept into the world which she had created. The world building was done throughout the book whereas the character’s were very carefully crafted from the beginning. So if you’re looking for a fictional world that is highly detailed then you may be slightly disappointed, especially if you are a strong lover of fantasy.  The world building was also confusing at first with all the terminology of the names of the countries such as Melei and Albion but keep with it! Since, the magical aspect of the book is so well thought out especially in relation to Jessamin and Finn.

I hope strong female character’s is White’s thing because I absolutely fell in love with how strong and witty Jessamin and Eleanor were throughout the novel. I kept wanting more of Eleanor because she was just so hilarious too. Whereas the male characters were equally well constructed. Finn, Jessamin’s love interest, gave off such Howl’s Moving Castle vibes. I am also a massive fan of the character Howl in Howl’s Moving Castle so I practically fell in love all over again with Finn. Mr. Downpike (the evil villain) was cleverly constructed and (without giving anything away) the twists and turns within the novel are very well planned out, in conjunction with this character. Mr. Bird (an evil magicians familiar) became his own person too!

However, this is a stand-alone novel after finishing, I wanted more. I wanted more background information about the political, social and magic related topics between the people of Melei and Albion. I wanted more romantic moments between Jessamin and Fin because well I totally shipped them both. And, they were written so well together that I craved more. I also think their is so many possibilities to explore within this world and ideas that could be developed.

This is the perfect book for someone who wants a story of a whirlwind romance, filled with magic and set in a world entirely, but not completely, different from our own. It’s a beautiful story and one which also should be more recognised in the YA world.

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